TL;DR Looks At 'The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank'

In what may be one of the most popular Punisher story, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion tell the story of Frank Castle versus the Gnucci Family. The same creative team behind Preacher also brought in a handful of copycat vigilantes to the city including…a preacher. TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read) takes a look at Welcome Back, Frank in a new two-and-a-half-minute cartoon written by Max Dweck and Noah Sterling with art by Michael Bills. And the series has one of the greatest comic panels ever…the Punisher punching a polar bear.

Welcome Back Frank

The Welcome Back Frank story was a 12-issue series that ran from April 2000 to March 2001, and has been used for a good number of the live-action Punisher moments we've seen. The 2004 Punisher film starring Thomas Jane included Frank getting an apartment and his being attacked there by the Russian (Kevin Nash). They replaced the Gnucci family with the Saint family and John Travolta played the head of the family, Howard Saint.

Another scene from Welcome Back, Frank was used already in the Marvel's Daredevil season 2 on Netflix. The scene where Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is chained up on a roof and Frank (Jon Bernthal) gives him the option of shooting him before he shoots a criminal. Marvel's The Punisher has already begun production and we'll likely see it by the end of the year on Netflix. Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) will be in it, as well. There was some speculation that it would follow the Welcome Back, Frank storyline, but when Ben Barnes was cast as Billy Russo, it became clear they were going another direction. Russo becomes Jigsaw, the same villain that Dominic West played in the Ray Stevenson-led Punisher: War Zone in 2008.

That should catch you up on the live-action Punisher stuff, and here is the TL;DR recap of The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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