- Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Avengers, New Avengers, Death of Spider-Man, the upcoming Moon Knight and an upcoming top secret project
- Matt Fraction, writer of Thor, Invincible Iron Manand a top secret upcoming event
- Ed Brubaker, writer of Captain America, Secret Avengers and top secret upcoming new series
- Jonathan Hickman, writer of Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D. and a top secret upcoming new series
- Jason Aaron, writer of Wolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine and a top secret upcoming new series
Rick Remender is telling his last Punisher story right now, In The Blood. He had a good run, great when it was Frankencastle, but he’s definitively said he’s done with Frank Castle, so who will pick up this title?
Of the architects named above, none stand out as being the worthy successor (except Jason Aaron, but he already writes PunisherMAX and I don’t see them giving him the 616 version too). It might be Hickman or Fraction but I still doubt it, to be honest. But then who will it be? I honestly have no idea. I could see Brubaker writing Punisher, maybe, but it doesn’t seem like an obvious choice. Though, having read his Sleeper, he could make the Punisher a great noir tale. Maybe get Lark or Aja on art duties…
Who do you think will be the creative team for The Punisher?
With my heart broken, I turned my thoughts to other creators. Looking at this list it makes me think maybe, just maybe, Jason Aaron could be writing Daredevil. I think it’s a damn good fit and could be just right. He’s usually got the right tone of voice, for a harder edged Daredevil, and I’d support this decision vocally and with my wallet.
Imagine if this was actually Brubaker’s return to Daredevil, that could be quite cool but I doubt it would happen. Creators so rarely return to their old stomping grounds.
To step out of the Architects zone for just a moment, I also think Jeff Parker could write a fantastic Daredevil. There are also any number of other creators who could be up for these jobs but I wanted to keep today’s discussion to just the architects.
Not to ignore the other architects but I don’t see Hickman really fitting either of these characters – though The Nightly News was pretty bleak so maybe he could bring his game along. Creators should never really be typecast. I wonder what book Hickman will be picking up after Secret Warriors ends?
To also throw a few other random thoughts out on this one, how about the new, new, new #1's. Damn, it's just crazy. Daredevil finally gets up to over 500 and they give that hard work to the Black Panther. Surely The Punisher will be up for an anniversary soon, and Moon Knight would be pretty excited to hit #100. Look for that news soon enough, ha.
I am also seeing some people a little deflated that this Big Shots initiative isn't helping real B-list properties get back into the ongoing game. Characters like Dr Strange and Iron Fist would fit into this mold well, though perhaps Marvel want to see this succeed and then the second roll out will feature some more fan favourites.
This promo has me excited, but mainly just because Daredevil is there. Maybe the creative teams will be announced at C2E2, we can only hope. Until then, who do you think should or will take over these titles? I'm going to throw down good money for Aaron on Daredevil, and gamble with a little less vigour on brubaker writing Punisher. But I could be way off, maybe it won't even be architects on these titles. What do you say? Let us know in the comments.