Frank Castle may be currently out of the picture in the main Marvel Universe, courtesy of his replacement Joe Garrison. But fans of the OG Punisher will be delighted to hear that Marvel has announced a five-issue miniseries set during the Vietnam War that finds Frank Castle going head to head against Nick Fury himself in the appropriately titled Get Fury. Penning this miniseries, that is part of Marvel’s adult MAX imprint, is none other than writer Garth Ennis who’s obviously no stranger to the character. Joining him on art duties is Jacen Burrow who’s previously collaborated with Ennis on past projects like Crossed. Artist David Johnson provides covers for the series.
This May, legendary storyteller Garth Ennis returns to Marvel Comics in GET FURY, a new five-issue limited series starring two characters he helped define for the modern age: Nick Fury and Frank Castle. Joining Ennis will be frequent collaborator and superstar artist Jacen Burrows, along with acclaimed artist Dave Johnson for the series’ covers. This trio of talent will pit two of comics’ most formidable soldiers against each other in a bold and pulse-pounding saga set during the Vietnam War.
In addition to a return of Ennis, the retro series also marks an exciting comeback for Nick Fury and Frank Castle, two iconic characters who have passed on their mantles in present-day continuity. The MAX-rated saga kicks off when Frank is assigned what might be the most dangerous mission of his career: to assassinate Nick Fury!
It’s 1971, there is a war raging in Vietnam, and Nick Fury has been captured by the Viet Cong. At this moment, they don’t quite understand that they have in their possession a man who knows enough secrets to damage the United States beyond comprehension. The CIA, however, DOES realize this, and they can’t risk their enemy getting those secrets, so they dispatch the most deadly man in the US Army – LT. Frank Castle.
On writing the characters again, Ennis shared: “There’s a nice sense of things coming full circle with GET FURY; the editor is my good friend Nick Lowe, who handled Born back at the beginning some 20+ years ago, and just like that story this one sees Frank Castle as a US Marine in Vietnam (in fact, it goes some way to explaining how he ended up at Firebase Valley Forge in the first place). As the two most violent men in mainstream comics, Fury and Frank work well together- just like they did in the Vietnam sequence of Fury: My War Gone By. All in all, if GET FURY turns out to be the last time I write Frank, I think it’ll make for a worthy farewell.”
“I never have more fun on a project than I do with Garth, and his work with these two characters is world class,” Burrows added. “Getting to bring this chapter of their saga to life was extremely exciting to me as a huge fan of those previous books. And I think I am in the minority of artists that really enjoy the research aspect of doing a period book, so getting to draw a comic set at the tail end of the Vietnam War was a fun challenge.”
Check out a variant cover and interior art by Jacen Burrows below.
Look for Get Fury #1 (of 5) to arrive in stores and digitally on Wednesday, May 1st.