Exclusive: Mitch Gerads On Frank Castle’s New Surroundings In The Upcoming PUNISHER Comic
Marvel has a lot of new comics coming up as part of the Marvel NOW! phase 2 initiative. There are several characters getting fresh new #1 titles and a few brand new characters are getting new series as well. One of the recently announced titles that has a lot of people talking is The Punisher, from the team of the hit series The Activity. Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads will be taking Frank out of his natural habitat and transplant him to Los Angeles to take on a new threat. A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to speak with Edmondson about the series, which you can read by clicking here. This week I was lucky enough to get the chance to ask artist Mitch Gerads a few questions as well. The artist talked about Frank‘s new surroundings and what sort of weaponry we can expect to see him use.
Were you a fan of the Punisher? What do you find so appealing about the character?
Of course. I’ve always appreciated the grey area that Frank operates in. He doesn’t waver. He knows results don’t happen if you’re always the boy scout. There’s a nobility to the character that I don’t think many have explored in the past and I’m really excited about bringing that trait to light.
I’m obsessed with “setting as character.” A huge part of the draw of the Marvel universe is the reader is led to believe these stories are happening in our world so anything I can do to make that as recognizable as possible just helps drive that theme home. It will be very rare to see a Los Angeles setting in The Punisher that isn’t an actual place you could go visit.
A fun fact about Frank’s kit is it’s all based off real world special operations kit that is still in the prototype phase. Tres’ cool stuff. Something else I really am trying to do with The Punisher is give Frank a “go-to” armament that readers will recognize from issue to issue and really become familiar with the character and our take on him. Keep a look out for Frank’s badass H&K 416!
I think that’s a fair assessment. I’m definitely approaching the series artistically a little different than I did on The ACTIVITY. The PUNISHER is a completely different book and a new beast so it deserves a new approach. I think fans are gonna dig it!
Frank’s an ex-Marine. You can’t turn that off.
When Nathan and Marvel first approached me about the book the first thing I said to them is I want to do The Punisher that enters a room with five bad guys and exits the room having only shot five rounds. But the flip side of that is that sometimes you need to be loud and show that escalated violence of action. Our Frank Castle knows when to be silent and knows when to be loud, but he’s always tactically minded.
Quick cuts of large set-pieces, badass gear, and swift movement all set to a sweeping badass orchestral score!
I’m still a huge comics fan. I try and get to the shop every Wednesday and I’ve always been a pretty big Marvel fiend. There are tons of toys in their sandbox that I hope to get to play with. Really looking forward to maybe one day getting to put my mitts on Captain America or THOR.
My hope is that long-time Frank Castle fans will see the character they know and love presented in a fresh and exciting way and my hope for new fans is that they try the book and they see that nobility in the character that they were maybe discounting in the past.
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