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"Daredevil Vs. Punisher" came about after a few phone calls from editor Warren Simons. "Warren Simons at Marvel had been calling me to do a project for them. Since I'd already done Batman, my usual excuse of, 'I only do my own stuff,' didn't play as well." Lapham told CBR News. "So here we are."
Even though they are often bitter opponents, Daredevil and The Punisher are alike. "They're similar in many ways. They're both driven and staunchly committed to their causes. The conflict lies in where they draw their lines," Lapham explained. "For Daredevil that line is no killing. It's an absolute. He would be incapable of being a vigilante and justifying his actions to himself if he crossed it. The Punisher's line is the exact opposite. To do anything but kill a murderer or a drug dealer is the same as aiding and abetting that individual. You are now responsible for what that person will do in the future. To not kill would also be a betrayal of the revenge he's taking for his family. They can never come back and he can never stop."
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One person caught in the crossfire is another important character in the story. "We also follow the story of one of these 'innocents,' in very 'Stray Bullets' fashion, running parallel to the superheroes' story, is the tale of one of these 'innocents,' Martin Bastelli, Jr., a young teenager whose family owns a diner in Hell's Kitchen," Lapham said. "They've struggled under the thumb of gangster's protection rackets their whole lives. Martin perceives his aging father as weak for not standing up to the thugs. He worships the Punisher and, early on, has a brief encounter with him which 'inspires' Martin to do some highly stupid things."
Martin's family and friends make up the bulk of the series' supporting cast. "Daredevil and Punisher have enough problems dealing with each other," Lapham explained.
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None of these villains however are the main villains of "Daredevil Vs. Punisher." "The real villains of the series are Daredevil and Punisher, each from the others perspective," Lapham explained.
Fans worrying that the tone of "Daredevil Vs. Punisher" will be radically different from Lapham's usual violent tales of crime can rest easy. Lapham said, "Let's just say, 'Stray Bullets' fans won't be disappointed."