There exists at least a handful of comic book adaptations that either completely eschew or compartmentalize the origin material. Be they successful as art or not, they represent the idea that it is possible to start (or restart) a comic book series without retelling the same origin.
It's cold in this country. You can't blame George W. Bush either. I bring you The Bleak Economic Report: Surprisingly un-spared by effects of the recession is -- tada! -- The Porn Industry.
In this current age of rebooting one comic franchise or horror franchise after another, it is still something of a milestone that we have a single property that has been rebooted twice in just four years by the same studio.
The Punisher: War Zone is pretty lousy, but I'm desperately concerned that its $1.6 million Friday gross is somehow going to be seen as a judgment on women directing hard action films.