As a one-man war on crime, The Punisher is a force to be reckoned with, and with the success of his own series on Netflix, Frank Castle seems to be here to stay.
His unique, yet questionable, brand of justice has attracted the attention of many heroes and villains, leading to some explosive confrontations. Whether it’s Daredevil on the rooftops of NYC, or Batman on the streets of Gotham, The Punisher has rubbed shoulders with a veritable who’s who of the comic medium.
Always the professional, the Punisher has left his mark in the comics in a big way by being the force of nature that he is. Frank doesn’t normally play well with others, turning each interaction, team up, or crossover, an adventure on its own. Some go well, others not so much but Punisher always gets his target.
Watching Castle reluctantly partner up with other heroes to complete the task at hand makes for some action packed panels, and through each encounter Frank learns a little more about himself. He’s always been the subject of some brilliant crossovers over the years, but the following are undoubtedly the best.
8. Magic Bullets (2017)
There must be some nefarious activity afoot, if Dr. Steven Strange and Frank Castle are on the case!
In the 2016 story Magic Bullets, The Punisher and the Sorcerer Supreme join forces to stop a mystic threat from tearing New York City apart. Both men couldn’t be more different from one another but must put their differences aside for the greater good.
It starts with the Fusilli siblings, harvesting the powers of demons, hoping to become the most powerful crime family in the universe. They transform into grotesque fire-breathing monsters, whose minds have been warped into darkness. Together with the help of an evil sorcerer, they manage to open a gateway to more supernatural terrors.
Being ignorant to all things mystical, The Punisher seeks Dr. Strange’s help on the matter. The pairing of Strange and Castle is awkward at first, with Frank doing his best to stay away from all things magic, and Strange not yet comfortable with Punisher’s way of handling business.
Luckily, the two see the merit of each other’s techniques, and become quite the team. They send the demons back where they came from, and learn to respect each other along the way.