The Punisher hasn’t been this popular since his early nineties days of stealing jet-skis and kissing them goodbye, thanks to Jon Bernthal’s nuanced portrayal of Frank Castle in Netflix’s Daredevil. Next month sees the return of The Punisher with a brand new ongoing by Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon that sees Frank as both the hunter and the hunted after a botched drug deal sends the DEA after Castle.

While most fans of superhero comics will know Cloonan’s writing best from DC’s Gotham Academy, her self-published work minicomics like Wolves and Demeter display a visceral brutality and emotional vulnerability that make her a perfect fit for The Punisher. Steve Dillon is perhaps one of the greatest Punisher artists of all time, having collaborated with the likes of Garth Ennis on Marvel Knights: Punisher and Jason Aaron on PunisherMAX.

The Punisher #1 is released May 11th, and you can check out the unlettered preview below.

 

Alex Maleev
Tim Bradstreet
Skottie Young
Chris Stevens
Phil Noto

 

THE PUNISHER #1 (MAR160728)
Written by BECKY CLOONAN
Art by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
Variant Covers by ALEX MALEEV (MAR160731)
SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR160732), JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR160730)
Hip-Hop Variant by TIM BRADSTREET (MAR160729)
Age of Apocalypse Variant by CHRIS STEVENS (MAR160733)
Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by PHIL NOTO (MAR160734)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (MAR160735)
FOC – 04/11/16, On-Sale – 05/04/15

 

A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise…and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won’t make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head…but what horrors will she find there, and will she survive the experience? First-time Punisher writer Becky Cloonan and quintessential Punisher artist Steve Dillon are forcing Frank Castle out of his comfort zone and taking him to the edge of the world he thought he knew!

 

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99