There’s something so strangely satisfying about seeing our favorite superheroes do normal people stuff. It’s kind of like how some people feel about the “Stars! They’re Just Like Us!” pages in gossip magazines. A new comic by Eisner-award nominated writer Alex de Campi and freelance artist Dave Acosta has Marvel’s most lovable anti-heroes, Bucky “Winter Soldier” Barnes and Frank “Punisher” Castle sitting down together for a movie night in Hell’s Kitchen. Running just a few panels, the comic manages to reference a number of different movies and TV shows, including Rambo, Up, Game of Thrones, and Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
It’s also an unexpectedly poignant tribute to the characters themselves and how, even if they’re a big part of the nerd culture, they also participate in it themselves. Below, you can get a look at the comic yourself;
As I mentioned before, de Campi is an Eisner Award-nominated writer and filmmaker, which is nothing to sneeze at. Named after legendary writer and cartoonist Will Eisner, the awards – also known as the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – are given out each year at San Diego Comic-Con, and are often considered to be the Oscars of the comics world. Alex de Campi is most well-known for writing the Archie vs. Predator series that ran for four issues from April to July of 2014. The next year, Archie vs. Predator won a Ghastly Award for Best Limited Series.
According to a post from de Campi’s Tumblr page:
I went off to Maine in August and, during a break from my novel, wrote nine episodes of this while on a sugar high. (My fave’s the Predator one, but it’s not until #7). Guys, LOOK AT DAVE’S ART. Why the heck isn’t he working for DC or Marvel yet? Anyway, here’s something dumb that Dave and I did in our spare time. We’ll be dropping one of these a month (-ish). around our actual commitments.
It’s true, neither de Campi nor Acosta have anything to do with Marvel or DC, which is pretty incredible considering how talented both of them are. Hopefully, Marvel is open to the new series and doesn’t try to shut them down for something stupid like copyright or intellectual property infringement. Truthfully, their best bet would be to just hire them. Regardless, be sure to check out the first comic courtesy of his Tumblr, and stick around for a new issue of “Hell’s Kitchen Movie Club” next month!
Be sure to check out The Punisher on Netflix, which is rumored to debut on October 13th!
Images: Alex de Campi, Dave Acosta, Marvel