WARNING: The next article comprises spoilers from Punisher #2, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Frank Citadel is heading to battle in Marvel’s Punisher #2, an act that can put him up in opposition to a massively highly effective character who was as soon as an Avenger: Ares.
In Punisher #2, Frank is continuous to work with the Hand following the group’s willingness to resurrect his late spouse, Maria. Turning into the Hand’s new Fist, Frank is investigating a collection of warmongerers generally known as the Apostles of Conflict, who’re promoting high-tech weapons referred to as Banner Cannons — a tool that is supposedly able to killing a Hulk. After Frank brutally murders one of many apostles who involves the Hand earlier within the difficulty, Punisher #2 ends with a reveal of who’s main the prison group: Ares.
Listening to that the apostle who Frank killed has gone lacking, Ares shortly places two and two collectively and realizes it was more than likely the work of the Punisher. He tells one of many Apostles, “If such a taker of souls [Punisher] had fallen…my uncle’s realm can be roaring in welcome. However all is silent. Which suggests the Punisher has refused my help. So…Conflict it’s. Which is strictly how Ares prefer it.”
Primarily based on the Greek god of the identical title, Ares was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with the character first showing in 1966’s Thor #129. For a pair a long time following his first publication, Ares was usually seen as a villain and a serious enemy to Thor, Hercules and the Avengers. Following Marvel’s “Civil Conflict” occasion, Ares obtained an invite to hitch Tony Stark’s newly fashioned Avengers crew in The Mighty Avengers. Being the primary group of formally sanctioned superheroes below the Superhuman Registration Act, the preliminary group additionally consisted of Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Iron Man, Sentry, Wasp and Surprise Man.
Later, when Norman Osborn takes over for Stark and turns the Would possibly Avengers into the Darkish Avengers, Ares and Sentry are the one two unique members to stay on the crew. He continued showing in Marvel’s Darkish Avengers up till his loss of life within the Siege restricted collection. Ares was briefly resurrected within the “Chaos Conflict” storyline earlier than making a full return within the “All-New, All-Totally different Marvel” relaunch.
The Punisher #2 comes from Jason Aaron, Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta, colour artist Dave Stewart and letterer VC’s Cory Petit, with cowl artwork by Saiz and variant cowl artwork by Azaceta and Marc Aspinall. The problem is on sale now from Marvel.
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