Wednesday, December 8, 2010

March 2011 = Milligan Marvels

Marvel announced an upcoming Peter Milligan miniseries. It's a five-issue story entitled 5 Ronin. Interestingly enough, it will be released weekly in the month of March. Sounds like one of those fifth-week events, because March has five Wednesdays.

The story features Wolverine, Psylocke, the Hulk, Deadpool, and the Punisher existing in feudal Japan and living as masterless samurai. I presume it's some sort of what-if type of story.

Each issue will be illustrated by a different artist. The artists are Tomm Coker, Dalibor Talajic, Laurence Campbell, Goran Parlov, and Leandro Fernandez. Quite an appealing lineup. Coker has done some fine work in recent years; he illustrated Charlie Huston's final issue of Moon Knight, and I will always believe that Huston's Moon Knight run would have been classic if Coker had drawn the whole thing. Laurence Campbell did some excellent work on the Milligan-penned Moon Knight: Silent Knight one-shot that came out two winters ago. Goran Parlov, of course, is probably best known for his superb work on Punisher MAX with Garth Ennis. (Parlov also did some fine work filling in for Pia Guerra on Y: The Last Man.) Fernandez, too, did excellent work with Ennis on Punisher MAX. (I've actually never heard of Dalibor Talajic.)

All in all, I'm looking forward to this. Milligan often does his finest corporate-owned superhero work when he doesn't have to think about fitting in with the demands of universe-wide events and continuity. The only real question is whether I buy this one issue at a time or wait for the trade paperback edition. Decisions, decisions... I wish I could have my very own TV special just so I could announce my decision.

Check out this creative cover featuring the Punisher as a ronin by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Milligan's partner-in-crime over on Hellblazer:

Seriously, that's a nice cover. You have to love how Cammo created the Punisher's skull using two exploding heads as eye sockets, Punisher's knotted hair as the nose, and the backdrop of the moon as the skull.

You can read the official press release here:

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