The last time Punisher battled (Ooooo) Barracuda is in the world of Punisher Max where Frank had to rescue his baby daughter named Sarah from an incredibly powerful villain known as The Barracuda!
A dangerous African American sicko with the taste for human flesh and a murderous streak that won’t quit. He delights in killing people. Even feeding them to the sharks. This is one of Punisher’s worst enemies that Frank had to destroy to rescue his baby daughter from his evil clutches.
In Punisher Max: Long Cold Dark, Frank pursued ‘Cuda who kidnapped Baby Sarah from her adoptive parents, relatives of the late Kathy O’Brien who bore Sarah after she had a one night stand with Frank, and hold her prisoner. For a long time Frank pursued ‘Cuda to rescue Sarah until he finally cornered him inside of an abandoned nursery school. Then, in an epic, climatic battle, Frank managed to destroy ‘Cuda by chopping off his arms and turning his head into a hamburger with his rifle gun. He then rescued Sarah just in time. She was trapped in a car owned by ‘Cuda who rigged the vehicle with a bomb and Punisher had to quickly get her out of there before the car exploded, which it did. But Frank got her out right in a nick of time.
That should be the end of ‘Cuda, right? Wrong! Comic writer Ed Brisson and Comic Artist Declan Shalvey is teaming up to introduce ‘Cuda into the main Marvel 616 in the upcoming 5 Part Comic series, The Punisher vs. Barricuda where Frank has just found out there ‘Cuda escaped from a maximum security prison and is wreaking havoc in Miami, Florida. Leading Frank to leave NYC on another dangerous mission to destroy a very deadly felon.
Ed Brisson let us know he’s been planning this for a while. “This book has been in the cooker for a bit and I can’t wait for folks to see what Declan and I have been mixing up.” The villain for this series is none other than Barracuda. “We’re bringing one of the baddest Punisher foes into the Marvel Universe proper for the first time. Barracuda’s broken out of prison and Frank’s trying to hunt him down in sunny Miami — a fun switch from the gritty streets of NYC.”
So while the Marvel heroes are tangling with a powerful alien invasion in the upcoming Empyre series starting in April, Frank will be heading to Miami to engage in an intense mission to send ‘Cuda to his watery grave!
UPDATE as of 1/23/2020. Punisher April Solicitations is out with these 2 awesome variant covers!
THE PUNISHER VS BARRACUDA #1 (of 5)
ED BRISSON (W) • DECLAN SHALVEY (A) • Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
VARIANT COVER BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
VARIANT COVER BY DECLAN SHALVEY
VARIANT COVER BY Daniel ACUÑA
THE BADDEST OF THE BAD ENTERS THE MARVEL U!
Barracuda, terror of the legendary PUNISHER MAX run, makes his Marvel Universe debut in this prestige miniseries from creators Ed Brisson and Declan Shalvey! While Frank Castle closes the case on a mob hitman hiding out in the Deep South, a brutal jailbreak in Miami catches his eye. But one of the escaped prisoners is the man known only as Barracuda, the most sadistic and dangerous of killers in a gangland filled with extremely dangerous and sadistic killers. Lock the doors and prep the morgues; war is coming to Miami!
32 PGS./Rated Parental Advisory …$3.99
Release Date: April 2020