Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.
This week on Back Issue Bloodbath, we take a look back at another Punisher tale from the 90s, when Frank Castle was king. These days, with the release of the new Netflix series, he just be king again very soon. The book of choice this week is a “Hidden Gem”: Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe. Back in 1995, Marvel change the format of their What If series, replacing it with a collection of miniseries and one shot stories. This collection shared the imprint banner “Alternaverse” and was Marvel’s answer to DC Comics’ highly successful “Elseworlds” line. Most of the offerings in this imprint felt very rushed and unispired, save for one. Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe is considered a critical hit, with those who read it saying it’s an intriguing and emotional look into Frank Castle’s psyche.
This was the first Punisher story written by Garth Ennis and would be far from the last. Featuring artwork by Doug Braithwaite, the one shot story showed a world where Frank Castle’s family was not killed by criminals. Instead, his family ended up as collateral damage in a battle between the X-Men, Avengers, and alien invaders. So Frank makes it his mission to kill every super human, hero or villain, on the planet. List as Andrew and Sammy talk about this criminally underrated comic tale on an ALL NEW Back Issue Bloodbath.
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