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I Love Ya But You're Strange - That Time the Punisher Became a Frankenstein Monster

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at how Punisher became a Frankenstein monster for a short period of time...

Rick Remender's Punisher series was built around the concept of the Punisher going after Norman Osborn, who was now the head of SHIELD (now called HAMMER) and the new leader of the Avengers (using an Iron Man armor and calling himself the Iron Patriot).

So for the first ten issues or so, the Punisher was fighting against Osborn and Osborn's ally, the Hood, who in a very clever move by Remender, resurrected the villains that were killed off by the Scourge in Captain America during the 1980s. So Punisher is fighting against these low-level villains throughout the story, which also involves the Hood resurrecting the Punisher's dead family (they end up dying again by the end of the story - the Punisher actually has them killed, as I suppose he believes they shouldn't be resurrected? Like there must be a catch?).

Anyhow, the Punisher stops the Hood's plans (by threatening the Hood's own family), but Osborn is still quite angry at the Punisher, so in Dark Reign: The List - The Punisher (by Remender and John Romita Jr), Osborn decides to cross one of the many things off of his list, namely "kill Punisher." He has his Avengers hunt him down and Wolverine (Daken, Wolverine's jerk son) catches Punisher and they have quite a battle...

So the Punisher is seemingly dead. However, in the next issue of the Punisher, #11 (by Remender and artist Tony Moore), Man-Thing collects his remains and then Dr. Michael Morbius and the Legion of Monsters revive the Punisher as a monster like the one Frankenstein created (the Legion included mainly Morbius, Werewolf by Night, Manphibian, Man-Thing and The Living Mummy)...

The next issue, the Living Mummy (N'Kantu) explains why they need his help. They're being hunted down by some psycho...

So the Punisher helps them out, leading to an ultimate confrontation in #15-16, including an awesome moment where the Punisher shows up blowing away the bad guys while riding a dragon!

In #16, he stops the bad guy hunting down the monsters but is seemingly killed himself (again).

The next issue (by Remender and Roland Boschi), though, the book is re-named FrankenCastle officially (that was the name of the first story arc) and Morbius resuscitates him again using a piece of the Bloodstone...

After his attempt to revenge himself on Daken is foiled (Daken is saved by his father, Wolverine), we get to FrankenCastle #21 (by Remender and Dan Brereton), where the Bloodstone has begun to regenerate the Punisher's human body, but now Elsa Bloodstone shows up, as she doesn't think that the Punisher should be in possession of such a powerful item as her father's Bloodstone. So there is a fight and in the end, the Punisher agrees to give it up...

And the Punisher's was back! Just eleven issues of FrankenCastle, but what a crazy group of issues they were!

Unlike Punisher's time as a Supernatural Angel of Vengeance, this story was actually FUN!

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