We have a new target, Marine. Form on me. We’re going to war.
Frank Castle + Rachel Cole-Alves
Punisher MAX: The Tyger
Garth Ennis + John Severin
This oneshot offers the most insight into Frank Castle’s childhood to date. The story opens with Frank musing, on his first night as the Punisher, that: They’ll blame it all on Vietnam. And they’ll be right. And they’ll be wrong. Which is to say, when word of what he does spreads, and they determine who is responsible, they will see Frank’s history as a soldier and claim that as the source of his actions.
However, it goes deeper than that. The Tyger tells a story of a man who preyed on young women in the city Frank grew up in. Due to his family connections, the law could not reach him. Frank is only ten years old, and his response to this injustice is this: to take his father’s gun and put an end to it himself.
This is long before the war, long before Central Park; even as a child, Frank’s instinct is still the same.
They’ll blame it all on Vietnam. And they’ll be right. And they’ll be wrong.
Never thought I’d meet anyone quite like her.
Frank Castle + Elektra Natchios
I went into this book with two silly goals for myself, and I’ve already knocked them both off the list. The first was lighting a Punisher scene in pink, which I did in the opening scene of Issue 2, and the second happens in Issue 4, so I can’t tell you that one yet.
The Punisher (volume 9) #2
Punisher (volume two) Annual #5
Rob Tokar + Vince Evans
In which Frank Castle is bested by Super Mario.
One of the things that makes Daredevil a super hero and Frank an anti-hero is that Daredevil is never going to give up on Frank.
Frank Castle + Matt Murdock
"You almost hit Daredevil."
"So? I thought you detested him."
"Just watch it, okay?"
"I thought this was the beginning of something. I thought we were alike. Kindred spirits."
"Lady, the only kin you have is a coiled rattler."
Punisher War Journal (volume one) #47
Chuck Dixon + John Hebert
There is a common misunderstanding that Frank hates the superheroes of the universe surrounding him. While Greg Rucka states it best, there is plenty of canon interactions to pull form which disproves this, even in the earliest meetings. In fact, when Frank first meets Matt in canon, he starts with it’s a pleasure to meet you and it’s not with sarcasm. Frank is the first one to suggest he and Matt be allies in their first meeting, and since then he goes out of his way to defend Matt on more than on occasion. Frank holds fellow soldiers and lawmen in high esteem and superheroes are the same; he respects people who fight for a good cause, and although he may judge their methods, he does not want them following his path. He deliberately makes statements to stop not only Matt from falling down a path similar to his own, but Steve Rogers as well. He does not act kindly, because he is not a man who makes friends, but he has no hatred of them.
Superheroes don’t have Frank’s scorn. As you can see above: it’s people like Viper who do.
Punisher War Journal (volume one) #1
Carl Potts + Jim Lee
This sequence is spaced out: shown single panel by panel at the bottom of (nearly) every page of the entire issue. Assembled together, the scene is incredibly done — and the staging of it steadily throughout the issue is an amazing narrative and visual affect. It’s at the bottom of every page, placed an undercurrent of the rest of the story: true to what the day in Central Park signifies for Frank.
It’s always present underneath everything he does.