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Upcoming THUNDERBOLTS Cover Gets Risqué

Elektra and Frank Castle show us how they really feel about each other.

"Explosive" might be something of an understatement. One look at this risqué cover to the upcoming issue of THUNDERBOLTS that is continuing this March, 2013 and you might have to call up your local shop to put it on your pull list if you haven't already. The cover features amazing work from artist Julian Totino Tedesco and is, in a word, definitely "explosive." Elektra engages the Punisher in a passionate embrace.

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What do you think of the image? Are you looking forward to the continuation of Daniel Way's THUNDERBOLTS series this March?

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Posted By phlip_phlop

I have absolutely no problem with these two getting together! Two dark characters coming together that compliment each other well. Plus it's a new development for them, you can't keep characters the same of they just become one dimensional and boring! It could be a disaster but at least it's different.

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Posted By jwalser3

When they kiss on panel, it will look like Frank kissing himself with a wig on.

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Posted By sparty-dbq

Y'know what? Go for it. If putting up with a bad hookup is the price we have to pay to get Noto on this book and Dillon off (which, by the way, if this is just a cover, IS NOT A CONFIRMATION) then it's worth it.

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Posted By daredevil21134

@Ama_Sama said:

Marvel needs to stop jerking my chain and just put Matt and Elektra back together. If any relationship made sense, that one did, seeing as Matt might be the only man Elektra's ever really cared for. And Frank? Well. Him with any woman just makes me cringe. It's sorta demeaning to the point behind his character... I've been close to picking this series up from the very beginning, but if my favorite red assassin is to be made cannon with the Punisher within its pages? I think I'll have to continue passing on it...

Agreed

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Posted By SC

How is the utterly insulting and boring and stagnant practice of putting the typically sole female character in the team book into the embrace of one of the other male characters in the team remotely risqué? Oh this question is for Marvel obviously (not you CV thread)

What surprising and bold move will be next in this book? A character death or resurrection? How can this be risqué when Jean Mom Jeans Grey did it 40 years ago.

You know what would actually be a risqué? Hon, hon, honh. 1. Actually bringing back the character Risqué. 2. Having Red Hulk and Punisher embracing in a highly charged sexual way with thick red fingers pawing and Punishing hands uh punishing. 3. Not putting the female character into a romantic or sexual relationship with one of the many male characters in the team, just cause numbers. 4. Have the Punisher declare himself as a Vegan. 5. All of the above on one cover and in a lovely shade of teal not red.

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Posted By Inverno

Man, I can imagine that in some alternate Universe like Marvel Max or 2099... But they are clearly running out of ideas at this point if this applies to the mainstream continuity -___-

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Edited By PrimeDirective

Wow... Sooooo much hate on this one...

I gotta admist, I'm really liking the idea of this pairing. Honestly, the kinda life's work Frank has devoted himself too would put just about any woman in the Marvel universe in harm's way... Except for Elektra. And seriously, what woman other than her would even come close to being able to understand Frank's kind of war on crime? It makes so much sense to me, I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner. Granted, I'm as much a fan of Matt and Elektra as a couple as anyone, but seriously... This just fits to me. Any other woman would put Frank in the position of feeling like he had to give up his life's mission either because she didn't understand/couldn't accept the violence and bloodshed, or because the kind of war he wages on crime would bring all the scum to her front doorstep endangering her. Not so with Elektra... No, no, no... Elektra is the only woman who not only could tolerate Frank's life, but enrich it by getting involved in all its aspects.

Unless of course Kingpin sics Bullseye on her and Frank...

EDIT: Also, http://www.comicvine.com/cassondra-castle/29-72873/

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Posted By JoseDRiveraTCR7

I would say the pairing doesn't make sense, but then again I don't read or like either character.

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Posted By Ama_Sama

Marvel needs to stop jerking my chain and just put Matt and Elektra back together. If any relationship made sense, that one did, seeing as Matt might be the only man Elektra's ever really cared for. And Frank? Well. Him with any woman just makes me cringe. It's sorta demeaning to the point behind his character... I've been close to picking this series up from the very beginning, but if my favorite red assassin is to be made cannon with the Punisher within its pages? I think I'll have to continue passing on it...

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Posted By lykopis

All I asked for was to not have Punisher and Elektra hook up, ala PunisherMAX.

That's it. Not much.

But nope. I couldn't even have that.

Elektra and Punisher is past bizarre. Lovely cover -- replace Punisher with Matt and maybe I would be okay. Maybe.

I would rather Elektra head back to the back ground. The only thing that had me interested in this series was her -- and it's because of her I am not picking it up.

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Posted By saiyan_earthling

Woah...

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Edited By Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Now this is just me throwing this out there...but what if one of these two was under the influence of a spell or pheromone serum? That might be why Punisher's all of the sudden an animal in the bed.

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Posted By blackcobalt

Yes, because a cover has never been misleading before. (Cyk/Storm anyone?)

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Posted By Jawshco

Yeah, I'm not digging this. I liked ish one though. I thought was very entertaining. I'll pick it up in hopes that this won't be the prominent feature of this issue.

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Posted By TheCheeseStabber

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope: Makes you appreciate the original cover

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Posted By matchesmalone21

First was Superman and Wonder Woman hook up,now this,seeing that DC initiative was successful they decided to invest, to call attention,but they haven't an interesting couples to invest so....Elektra and Punisher

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Posted By D3athstroke

Why ?

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Posted By aaunderoath

I'm one of the few loving this series so I can't wait to see where Way takes the book .. but knowing close to nothing about Frank or Elektra I have no comment on the cover ..

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Posted By maxicere

Excellent cover!!!!

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Posted By kilon

the punisher is now in peace with himself.

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Posted By alex6166
Punisher!? I wonder who is next on her list.
Punisher!? I wonder who is next on her list.
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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

Eh, I remember more hubbub about the Catwoman-Batman encounter in Catwoman #1 New 52. That above looks tame compared to what Catsy-Batsy did in that art. I am intrigued immensely that Noto is doing interior art though...

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Posted By daredevil21134

@HollowPrince665 said:

@daredevil21134: I mean....If I am being completely honest here, I am trying so hard to reread Volume 2 and....I can't do it! I realize just how annoying the Miller formula is and what it had done to Matt. After Karen died (To me it was and is a HUGE MISTAKE! Its like killing MJ) all they ever did was shove a woman in front of him, they'd fall in love, then they'd die/leave/betray him. Vol 2 did nothing but take and take and take and take. Elektra came in (again in my opinion) WAY too late, as Matt and Milla were dating and soon to be wed. What really pissed me off was Shadowland....Elektra made another big set piece in Matt's life (which is never talked about again btw) and after that......absolutely nothing. Matt is back in NYC and so far the only pokes and prods of Matt's past love life is Milla. My question....Does anyone know that Matt is back? Maya? (I think shes dead 0.o) Natasha? (WS says shes back on the commi agent side again?) Elektra? (for real though) Typhoid Mary? (Where the hell is she?) DAKOTA NORTH! (WHAT HAPPENED TO HER!?)........basically Matt and Elektra needs to happen or at the very least Kirsten and Matt....I like Mark Waid's DD because the Frank Miller doom and gloom and strip away everything is over. Finally Matt can be happy(ish) and has a shot of having an actual love life.....I will forever think that it is BS that Peter gets the chicks and has a very nice life while Matt is sitting there getting the S*@t kicked out of him. END OF RANT.

While I am no fan of Mark Waid's DD I totally agree with you on everything especially Karen Page dying.Matt and Dakota not being more explored really sucked.And I really don't like Kirstin Mcduffie

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Posted By HollowPrince665

@daredevil21134: I mean....If I am being completely honest here, I am trying so hard to reread Volume 2 and....I can't do it! I realize just how annoying the Miller formula is and what it had done to Matt. After Karen died (To me it was and is a HUGE MISTAKE! Its like killing MJ) all they ever did was shove a woman in front of him, they'd fall in love, then they'd die/leave/betray him. Vol 2 did nothing but take and take and take and take. Elektra came in (again in my opinion) WAY too late, as Matt and Milla were dating and soon to be wed. What really pissed me off was Shadowland....Elektra made another big set piece in Matt's life (which is never talked about again btw) and after that......absolutely nothing. Matt is back in NYC and so far the only pokes and prods of Matt's past love life is Milla. My question....Does anyone know that Matt is back? Maya? (I think shes dead 0.o) Natasha? (WS says shes back on the commi agent side again?) Elektra? (for real though) Typhoid Mary? (Where the hell is she?) DAKOTA NORTH! (WHAT HAPPENED TO HER!?)........basically Matt and Elektra needs to happen or at the very least Kirsten and Matt....I like Mark Waid's DD because the Frank Miller doom and gloom and strip away everything is over. Finally Matt can be happy(ish) and has a shot of having an actual love life.....I will forever think that it is BS that Peter gets the chicks and has a very nice life while Matt is sitting there getting the S*@t kicked out of him. END OF RANT.

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Edited By NYStreets09e

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@Mercy_ said:

Gorgeous cover, Utterly atrocious pairing. Hold up. Phil Noto?

Punisher and Elektra are the best pairing you can get!

Isn't Elektra a villain who remorselessly kills innocents on many occasions and Frank a vigilante whose only purpose is to kill villains who have hurt innocents?

Sounds to me like the worst pairing possible.

Actually she not so much a Villain, more so a Cold blooded killer...

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Posted By daredevil21134

@HollowPrince665 said:

Ma I the only one that thinks its weird that Elektra and Matt never happened after the 90's? I mean....He came back from the 'dead' and was with Karen again....after that he had one failed relationship after another...TBH all Volume 2 did for me was make me mad and sad for Matt. Long story short, why is it that Marvel won't try that again? Also....Did the punisher ever have a love interest after his family died? I mean...really. Plus.....I'm just gonna say no to this before it starts. "No, Elektra. You aren't allowed to screw Frank Castle"

GOD BLESS YOU!!

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Posted By fkk1984

The best of this is Noto taking the drawing.

Love the title, but hate Dillon´s art....

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Posted By save.me.now

I'm ok with this but I do think it'd be pretty funny if this was a misleading cover, maybe something like the storm/cyclops kiss in astonishing X-men.

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Posted By roboadmiral

There's something wrong when The Punisher is on a cover passionately making out with. . . anyone.

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Posted By DonFelipe

This cover is... weird. The idea is great and we definitely need more kisses and sex appeal on comic covers (do we?). There's parts I like and many parts I do not like. What I don't get is why they let a guy like TT do such cover when they already have Phil Noto doing the interior art? Well... I'm not reading Thunderbolts anyway. This could have a been an overwhelmingly brilliant cover though...

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Edited By HollowPrince665

Am I the only one that thinks its weird that Elektra and Matt never happened after the 90's? I mean....He came back from the 'dead' and was with Karen again....after that he had one failed relationship after another...TBH all Volume 2 did for me was make me mad and sad for Matt. Long story short, why is it that Marvel won't try that again? Also....Did the punisher ever have a love interest after his family died? I mean...really. Plus.....I'm just gonna say no to this before it starts. "No, Elektra. You aren't allowed to screw Frank Castle"

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Posted By jorgeareizaga

Elektra is a very lucky girl! she got a man!!

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Posted By deactivated-5791595859013

I always knew Frank Castle had game...

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Posted By RedOwl_1

I don't know, sometimes covers are very misleading.

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Posted By powerhouse1122

She wouldve looked better w deadpool

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Posted By DrunkenGoon

I will probably pick this up since they are getting rid of Dillon.. Can't stand that guys art.

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Posted By Metric_Outlaw

What's going on with her leg?

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Posted By Bluefox170

Oh god. Why?

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Posted By daredevil21134

@AngeTheDude said:

What's wrong with two characters we like actually getting laid? Are you all twelve years old?

I like sex in comics but only when it makes sense.Which this really dosen't

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Posted By AngeTheDude

What's wrong with two characters we like actually getting laid? Are you all twelve years old?

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Posted By Crimsonlord53

I think I just puked in my mouth a little.

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Posted By bunkerbuster05

Phil Noto is my favorite artist. Thunderbolts has been... underwhelming. Here's hoping it kicks into gear soon.

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Posted By jwalser3

I have such mixed feeling about this series.

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Posted By Mr. Kamikaze

I want to like this book...but I just don't like Daniel Way....first two issues were pretty boring and the art is worse.

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Posted By judasnixon

It brakes my heart to see Phill Noto wasted on this book....

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Posted By Barkley

fanboys always think sex is lame because they are not having any

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Edited By Waddly_Hobbins

Does no one remember Punisher #27 by Garth Ennis?

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Posted By MarvelMan1985

LAME!!

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Posted By daredevil21134

@Mercy_ said:

Gorgeous cover, Utterly atrocious pairing. Hold up. Phil Noto?
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Posted By Cavemold

wow punisher her Punshier!