Shortly after Greg Rucka was informed that he would no longer be continuing his absorbing run on The Punisher, he gave a scathing interview to Mark Millar's CLiNT magazine, in which he lamented the "Hollywoodization of the two main companies." In the case of Marvel's number one sociopath, that statement might turn out to be eerily accurate. The All-New Marvel NOW Punisher series from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads relocates Frank Castle from the grimy streets and cluttered skylines of New York City to balmy, colon-cleansed Los Angeles. Does the setting make for an interesting new beginning for the Punisher, or is it bad location scouting?
Hawkeye has led the way for a solo title renaissance at Marvel. The publisher had of late placed an emphasis on team books -- mostly iterations of the Avengers and the X-Men -- and scaled back on solo titles, even reducing Spider-Man to just two books (one double shipping).
Then Hawkeye came along, and things changed. Thanks to the unique voice and style of the creative team, Matt Fraction and David Aja, a character who seemed unlikely to sustain a solo title became both a critical and commercial hit. Marvel has been trying to recapture that magic ever since, and the first of a new wave of solo titles hit stores this week; Black Widow #1 by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.
20th Century Fox may have inked a first-look deal with Boom! Studios, but the company is clearly still in the business of adapting comics from other publishers, too.
Case in point: Fox has picked up the Image Comics series Who Is Jake Ellis? and has tapped David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, to direct.
Ultimate Iron Man gets a third mini-series this October with Who Is Jake Ellis? co-creator Nathan Edmondson making his Marvel debut. Subtitled "Demon in the Armor," the mini is "a unique opportunity to do a character piece wrapped in some really fun action, a little bit of espionage," said Edmondson at Friday afternoon's Marvel Ultimate Comics panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Illustrated by Daken artist Matteo Buffagni, the series wi