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Greg takes a ride on War Rocket Ajax

This week, War Rocket Ajax is proud to welcome the Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka to the show! Following last week’s release of The Punisher #1, he talks to us about what makes Frank Castle work, his awesome runs on Detective Comics and Wonder Woman, his new webcomic and why he hates the Joker — and you can listen to it right here at ComicsAlliance!

Give the interview a listen at ComicsAlliance!

Greg dissects Frank Castle in multiple Punisher interviews

Punisher teaser imageGreg has been talking to lots of folks this week about his debut issue on the Punisher. Here’s a round-up of interviews published thus far:

MTV Geek’s Charles Webb goes through the first issue page-by-page with Greg as part of their Creator’s Commentary series:

I really wanted to control what we see of Frank, what we know of him, and in doing that try to force the reader’s perspective and view of him through the eyes of those around him, the Good Guys and the Bad. Frank has been expertly explored by so many writers in recent years–Garth Ennis probably the foremost amongst them, but Jason Aaron, Rick Remender, Matt Fraction, all of them–that it seemed to me following him closely, getting into his head, that had been done, and done quite well.

There’s an odd paradox in this, too, because I really feel that Frank is one of the most isolated, lonely people in the entirety of the Marvel Universe. By separating him like this, by keeping him silent, I wanted to emphasize that isolation.

Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance has an in-depth discussion on Frank Castle and asceticism:

I think there’s a danger in humanizing Frank too much. He’s not crazy — I don’t even want to write him as crazy. He’s not inhuman, and I don’t want to write him as inhuman. But he is alien, and he needs to be alien to your experience, to my experience. This is a guy who has been through an obscene crime, just a horrible, hateful, devastatingly damaging trauma. And his response to that trauma is likewise dangerous and devastating.

And Royal Nonesuch of The Outhousers talks at length with Greg not just about Punisher, but Comic Con, Tr!ckster, novel writing, Lady Sabre, Stumptown, Queen & Country, the whole nine yards:

Frank really shouldn’t work. As a character, he really should not work. He’s inherently a revenge story, and revenge stories pretty much all end the same way. They end with the guy seeking revenge, getting it, and then dying because there’s an imposed morality there and a variety of expectations. The fact that Frank can continue, and has continued, I think, makes him really remarkable and fascinating and worthy of more examination.