Jesús Saiz’s cover for Punisher #9 showcases Frank Castle’s newfound superpowers, a result of the Marvel anti-hero becoming the leader of The Hand.
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Revealed by January 2023 solicitations for Marvel Comics, Jesús Saiz’s cover for Punisher #9 shows Castle’s eyes glowing red as he crushes Ares’ helmet with fiery hands. The next issue promises an “epic showdown between the God of War and the Fist of the Beast,” prompting “other forces” to be at work to take on the antihero next. The Punisher is shifting more towards a villainous role in the Marvel Universe as he now leads The Hand, an evil ninja organization.
- JASON AARON (W) • JESÚS SAIZ & PAUL AZACETA (A) • Cover by JESÚS SAIZ
- JUNGGEUN YOON variant cover
- The epic confrontation between the God of War and the Fist of the Beast. But even if the Punisher somehow survives Ares, other forces are already gathering to take him down, once and for all.
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The status quo change that made Frank Castle the new leader of The Hand occurred when the last Punisher series launched in March 2022, written by Jason Aaron with art by Saiz and Paul Azaceta. The Hand’s leadership believes that Castle is perfect for the role, as he is one of the world’s greatest assassins and persuaded him to take the role by resurrecting his late wife, Maria. Part of serving as the “Fist of the Beast” comes with the superpowers known as the “Five Gifts of the Fist,” different abilities that Castle is slowly manifesting.
Marvel Sets Daredevil vs. Punisher
Marvel is putting the Punisher on a collision course once again with Daredevil. Weather Punisher revolves around Castle leading The Hand, the new Reckless The series from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Marco Checchetto centers on Daredevils Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios who form The Fist organization to take down The Hand. Part of their journey has involved the two marrying and marrying, so they can lead The Fist as their King and Queen, but their shared mission is set to put them at odds with the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Universe.
Marvel reveals its plans and events for 2023
Marvel hasn’t announced any official events for the teased war between Daredevil and the Punisher as of yet. At New York Comic Con 2022, Marvel announced its slate of events spread across 2022 and most of 2023, which includes United Avengers, dark web, sins of sinister, Captain America: Cold War, summer of symbiotes Y fall of x. fall of x is the last event on the list and will be released in the summer of 2023, indicating that there may be other events yet to be revealed for the fall and winter of 2023. The previous event focused on Daredevil, devil kingdomreleased in December 2021 and bridged the gap between Zdarsky and Checchetto’s previous and current ones. Reckless Serie.
Together with Aarón, Saiz and Azaceta, Punisher #9 also features a variant cover by Junggeun Yoon. The issue will go on sale January 18, 2023 from Marvel Comics.