Garth Ennis started this alternate-reality story of Frank Castle's fight against crime in Punisher: MAX, and Jason Aaron is going to finish it with longtime Ennis collaborator Steve Dillon with issue #22. The MAX imprint is for adults only, and that's where the Punisher tends to fit best… although Greg Rucka's doing some great things in the non-MAX Punisher title. However, the MAX allowed Aaron and Dillon to do things Rucka can't do – like bring in alternate versions of the Kingpin, Bullseye and Elektra. But now, it's all coming to an end.
“The day has come. You always knew the Punisher’s one-man war against organized crime would end bad, but you never knew how bad,” says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. “With Punisher: MAX #22, Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon bring the tragedy of Frank Castle’s life to a boil and their epic run to a bloody climax that will haunt readers for years to come.”
“It's been a big sick bloody thrill working on this series and a right honor following in the footsteps of Garth Ennis,” Aaron says. “I must say, I'm as proud of this series as anything I've ever done at Marvel, in large part because of the amazing art team of Dave Johnson, Matt Hollingsworth and of course Steve Dillon. This was always intended to be one big story, with a very specific beginning, middle and a slam-bang mother of an end. I'm afraid I can't say any more about the ending than that….other than that it gave me chills, just getting to write it."
"I've drawn a lot of Frank Castle over the last dozen or so years and I've been lucky enough to work with some really good writers while doing so,” Dillon adds. “Jason has really delivered on this one, so much so that I wait for the script to arrive in my inbox like a fan waiting for the book to hit the shelves in the store. He's taken some great characters, like the Kingpin and Bullseye, and given them his own MAX twist. He's also taken Frank on a tortuous, personal journey and it's all been great fun to draw.”
Check out these Dave Johnson cover previews from #20, #21 and #22 the final issues of Punisher: MAX.