5. Punisher Max "Long, Cold Dark"
Popular villain Barracuda returns for a no hold's barred battle to the death with the Punisher, with the life of an innocent child at stake! Howard Chaykin and Goran Parlov drew this arc.
4. Punisher Max "In the Beginning"
Punisher's old friend Micro returns alongside the CIA, who want Frank Castle to kill for the government! However, when the Mafia get involved, things go pear-shaped quickly. Lewis LaRosa and Tom Palmer drew this arc.
3. Punisher Marvel Knights "Welcome Back Frank"
This is the maxi-series that saw the return of Frank Castle to being an ordinary killing machine after a couple of years as a literal angel of death. Drawn by Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti, this series is filled with dark humor.
In the beginning of the Punisher Max series (titled, naturally, In the Beginning) there is a reference to the notion that the Punisher must have first touched the "darkness" that later drove him after his family's death earlier in his life - perhaps during the Vietnam War.
Well, Born shows us the Punisher during Vietnam and we SEE him meet the darkness.
Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer handle the art duties.
1. Punisher Max "The Slavers"
In this arc, the Punisher is up against the first criminal organization in some time that actually made him actively ANGRY (rather than almost mechanically taking them down) as he comes up against a white slavery ring.
Mixed in to the story are a couple of cops caught up in the mix when a crooked detective tries to take the Punisher down with the power of bad publicity.
Some of the darkest acts of violence but also some of the best pieces of character development make this a very memorable story arc.
Leandro Fernandez and Scott Koblish drew this arc.
That's the list! I'm sure there is a lot of agreement and disagreement with the list out there! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!