Rumors have been swirling this week, and now that news has officially broken, we can confirm here that Greg and artist Marco Checchetto will be the creative team behind the relaunch of Punisher this June as part of Marvel’s Big Shots initiative. From the Marvel press release earlier this month:
A brand new initiative, Big Shots spotlights three major launches of all-new ongoing series for the Marvel Universe’s hardest hitting heroes, by the comic industry’s top creative talent! Kicking off with MOON KNIGHT #1 in May, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev delve deep into the psyche of the titular hero and embark on his greatest adventure yet. Then, the world’s most feared vigilante–Frank Castle–returns to clean up the streets of Marvel Universe this June in THE PUNISHER #1, from a blockbuster creative team that will have everybody talking. Finally, Matt Murdock returns to New York this July in DAREDEVIL #1 to reclaim his place in the Marvel Universe. But where does the man known as Daredevil belong?
“Fans are going to love what we have in store with Big Shots,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “We’re taking some of the best Marvel characters that we all know and love and sending them in a brand new direction with some Grade-A talent. We want to reach a whole new set of readers, while at the same time appeal to long time fans of these great heroes, and Big Shots is how we’re doing it.”