Lewis LaRosa began his work in comics with Marvel's Citizen V mini-series in 2001. In 2004 he launched The Punisher MAX with Garth Ennis and established a look and style that was continued throughout the rest of book's run, including The Punisher: War Zone movie. He co-created Bad Planet with Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles and Thomas Jane in 2005 before moving on to pursue a career in education while still staying active in commercial illustration. In 2011, Valiant EiC reached out to LaRosa to provide character designs, covers, interior pages, and layouts for the newly resurrected publisher.