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Interview: Nathan Edmondson on PUNISHER, Military Tactics, and Sunglasses

Edmondson discusses everything Punisher and why he loves the character.

Punisher is hitting up L.A. in his new series by writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads. The second issue will be hitting local comic shops on February 19th, and Edmondson answered a few of our questions about this character and the series.

From PUNISHER #2

Comic Vine: Were you ever a fan of Punisher? What do you like or dislike about the character?

Nathan Edondson: I was discussing with another reader the other day that The Punisher is perhaps the most ubiquitous comic character, world-wide. Soldiers wear him on their uniforms who haven’t read a comic in their lives; sex toys are nicknamed for him, racecars and wrestlers take on the skull or namesake, despite having little awareness of the actual comic. This is very different than say, Spider-Man, for whom you need some affinity to the character and story in one of its forms to really wear a t-shirt or get a tattoo. I have always liked The Punisher, the simplicity of the uncompromising death dealer; even his costume is simple, no-nonsense, fierce.

With our take we sought to see beneath that, to stir the depths and see what rose to the surface.

CV: What's new in Punisher's world in your new series?

NE: Frank himself isn’t changed, but we do see perhaps new sides of him. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, we’ve got a badass black-ops squad, none other than the (SPOILER AHEAD) Howlin’ Commandos. Frank’s doomed.

CV: What's something you wanted to do with Frank to make him stand out from the other series?

NE: As I mention above, we wanted to explore some new sides we haven’t seen before—we wanted to see a more human side of the killing machine. We also wanted Frank to be as much on the defensive as the offensive. Thirdly, Mitch and I decided to infuse our version of The Punisher with tactical military precision—which should come as no surprise to readers of THE ACTIVITY.

CV: How will Punisher adapt to working/living/hunting in LA?

NE: With sunglasses and shotguns.

CV: Will we be seeing any old villains from Frank's past or will this focus on new baddies?

NE: I can’t really give anything away, but while we’re exploring a whole new sets of scenarios, shall we say, some familiar faces will certainly come into focus as we move forward in the story.

CV: Was it always in the works to have ACTIVITY co-creator Mitch Gerads work with you on this book?

NE: It was something I demanded early on; but it wasn’t a tough sale to Marvel. Mitch’s skill and our chemistry working together spoke for themselves.

CV: Is there anything you can vaguely go over that you're very excited about in this series?

NE: There are big pieces at play. Lots of readers who loved the first issue remarked that it was fairly surface-level storytelling. Stay tuned—nothing could be further from the truth in this story.

Thanks a ton to Nathan Edmondson for taking the time to answer a few of our questions and make sure to check out PUNISHER #2 when it comes out on February 19th at comic shops everyone and online!

20 Comments
Posted by PunyParker

What's with the interviews today?....i mean it's awesome,but was wondering how come they're so many?

Posted by manwithoutshame

Interesting, Edmonson seems to have a firm grasp on the Punisher.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I picked up the first issue mostly out of curiosity. I'm glad I did, really enjoyed it and looking forward to issue two.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Great first issue and bit was really cool seeing the Howling Commandos

Posted by AllStarSuperman

First issue was really good, but i'll wait for the trade

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Posted by TDK_1997

The first issue was a really average book for me which doesn't make me want to buy the next issue but somehow I want to see the direction Frank will be taking.

Posted by TommytheHitman

How did the Punisher escape that underwater prison that Stark trapped him in, in Punisher War Zone?

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

I'm really hopeful for this series since Punisher is my favorite. #1 was alright.

Posted by ComicStooge

@tommythehitman: Red Hulk let him out, so he could join up with the Thunderbolts.

Posted by TommytheHitman

@comicstooge: Aw... would've been cooler if he escaped on his own.

Posted by Tensta

Thanks for the interview, was an interesting read.

Loved the first issue

Posted by comicbookfan93

Edmondson has me hooked already on this book and black widow too

Edited by longbowhunter

I was kinda luke warm on the first issue but I'm anticipating issue #2. Edmondson is definitely working with an interesting take on Frank.

Posted by CoryNick

Really liked the first issue! Thanks for the interview Mat!

Posted by Maddpanda531

Never been the biggest Punisher fan--sure, I liked the character, but I could never get into any of the books--but after reading the first issue, I can actually say that I'm looking forward to more of this series