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40 Greatest Punisher Stories: #5-1

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40 Greatest Punisher Stories: #5-1

In honor of the Punisher debuting on Daredevil’s Netflix series today, we’re counting down your picks for the forty greatest Punisher stories.

You all voted, now here are the final results of what you chose as the 40 Greatest Punisher Stories!

WARNING: Some of these comics spotlighted were originally rated “explicit content,” so there is some “explicit content” here. Occasional profanity mostly.

Here’s #5-1! Enjoy!

5. “Born” (Punisher: Born #1-4)

Born is a clever look back at Frank Castle’s time in Vietnam, as Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer deliver a striking tale that is based upon the basic idea that the Punsiher’s darkness was there well before his family was killed. The family being murdered was just his excuse to unleash his darkness. Here, watch him interact with his darkness while he tries to act like a human to his comrade…

Ennis more or less ignored his Marvel Knights-era work when he began his MAX run. Except for Born. This was basically the first Garth Ennis MAX story and it was so good that it explained why Marvel let him do so much more.

4. “Child’s Play” (Daredevil #183-184)

In a lot of ways, the hook in this story (by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson) is the fact that Matt Murdock’s senses have led him astray. Not knowing that a bad guy has a pacemaker, Matt believes him when he lies about being a drug dealer. So when the Punisher starts hunting the guy down, Daredevil is going out of his way to save the bad guy. In the end, Daredevil realizes the truth but still values life enough to protect the bad guy from the Punisher, leading to an epic showdown – will Daredevil shoot the Punisher to STOP the Punisher?

This was a controversial two-parter about drugs in schools that was originally supposed to appear before Miller even began his original run on Daredevil, but Marvel held up over fears about the Comics Code.

Go to the next page for #3!

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