Who doesn't dig a good comic book fight? How many times had we seen Wolverine and the Punisher at odds with each other? It wasn't until we had Dark Reign: The List - Punisher that things changed. It wasn't Wolverine fighting Punisher but instead his son Daken, the Dark Wolverine. Frank Castle is a talented and trained guy. He's been fighting the "bad guys" for a while now. I just always felt going up against a Wolverine-type character would be a different story. In that The List book, we saw Norman Osborn send Daken to deal with Frank. In a surprising move (on Marvel's part), Daken won and chopped Frank to pieces. Frank was able to do what Humpty Dumpty couldn't, he was put back together again and became Franken-Castle.
Beginning in Dark Wolverine #88 and continuing in the newly retitled Franken-Castle #19, we will see a four part rematch between the two.
Frank's had some time to adjust to his new form. You would imagine that he's still a little angry at getting beat and chopped to pieces. Will that all be enough when facing the savage and ruthless Daken? Frank may have had time to get used to his new body and will most likely get some heavy ordinance and a heavy tactical plan to take on Daken, but will it be enough? Daken won't be in the most kind-hearted state of mind after recent events involving his father. Frank may try to set a trap as he hunts down Daken but will the table get turned on him? The solicit for Franken-Castle #19 promises us the following:
Punisher fans might disagree but I don't think he can take on Daken. I don't think he should be able to. Frank may be more of a monster and machine now but I still don't think that's enough. Daken sliced him up with minimal effort. He's smaller, faster and more deadly. It's going to be interesting to see what Frank does to plan for this fight. Will it be enough or will Daken just chop him up once again? I like that the fight is taking place in both their books. Often the winner is determined by whose book the fight occurs in. The story may be written that Frank will get his revenge and even though I'm digging the Franken-Castle stories, I just don't see him as the winner. Perhaps Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu and Rick Remender will prove me wrong.
Everything you ever wanted all in one comic – in the most brutal, down-in-the-dirt, blood-soaked, slugfest the law will allow per page -- guaranteed to kick you right in your damned face, in mighty Marvel fashion, naturally.