New PUNISHER Series Brings BARRACUDA Mainstream

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Credit: Marvel Comics

Credit: Marvel Comics

Credit: Declan Shalvey (Marvel Comics)

Punisher MAX villain Barracuda will come to the Marvel Universe proper in a new series from Ed Brisson and Declan Shalvey, as announced via AiPT!.

Appropriately titled Punisher Vs. Barracuda, the five-issue limited series will pit the core Marvel Universe Punisher against a mainstream version of Barracuda, a key nemesis from the alt-universe Punisher MAX series.

“This book has been in the cooker for a bit and I can’t wait for folks to see what Declan and I have been mixing up,” Brisson told AiPT!. “We’re bringing one of the baddest Punisher foes into the Marvel Universe proper for the first time. Barracuda’s broken out of prison and Frank’s trying to hunt him down in sunny Miami — a fun switch from the gritty streets of NYC.”

“This is probably one of the most intense books I’ve written in my time at Marvel and I couldn’t be happier to be working on this with Declan,” Brisson continued. “He and I have been talking about doing something like this together for nearly a decade and the wait was well worth it.”

“There’s a very short list of writers at Marvel I really wanted to work with and Ed was very much on that list,” Shalvey added. “I’ve been a fan of his for many years, particularly his crime work and was always hoping we’d get a chance someday. The fact that is happening at Marvel, with Punisher of all books….? It’s just worked out perfectly.”

Here’s the full solicitation and Ryan Stegman-drawn cover for April’s Punisher Vs. Barracuda #1, as well as an unspecified Punisher illustration from series artist Shalvey:

THE PUNISHER VS BARRACUDA #1 (of 5)
Writer by ED BRISSON
Artist by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
Release Date: April 2020
THE BADDEST OF THE BAD ENTERS THE MARVEL U!
Barracuda, terror of the legendary PUNISHER MAX run, makes his Marvel Universe debut in this prestige miniseries from creators Ed Brisson and Declan Shalvey! While Frank Castle closes the case on a mob hitman hiding out in the Deep South, a brutal jailbreak in Miami catches his eye. But one of the escaped prisoners is the man known only as Barracuda, the most sadistic and dangerous of killers in a gangland filled with extremely dangerous and sadistic killers. Lock the doors and prep the morgues; war is coming to Miami!  

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