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He's a guy who saves people and leaves the world a better place, so I think that makes him a hero to some people. He has held his own against a whole criminal empire, so he also has courage. I think he is best described as an anti-hero, vigilante, and a soldier. Castle gets rid of crime bosses, murderers and other criminals in often permanent ways. He has earned the respect of many heroes, such as Wolverine and Spider-Man. Though he is doing good in the world by getting criminals of the streets, his methods are unorthodox when compared to most other Marvel super-heroes who try to avoid killing at all costs. And when the Punisher kills, he follows a code, of sorts, by only killing those who are deserving of death (in his opinion), especially those who are out of reach of the justice system because of how hard to catch they are.It is, of course, a very comic-booky (which is to say, it takes some suspension of disbelief) thing that he could do all of the shooting and explosions that he does and not hurt innocents and first responders, but I feel like over the years they creators of his stories have made a point of that being a stark line for him.The writers’ attempts at sugar-coating the fact that the Punisher is a villain. He’s a sympathetic villain perhaps—most of the best villains are—but a villain nonetheless. No sugar-coating will change that.
Getting another cat later today, so I’m good.Don't get me started on Hulk #700...Man, you need to quit hate-reading. It's not good for your blood pressure. Go pet a puppy or something instead.
I can't say if that was what Mark was going for, but I don't see it as being any different than saying Frank Castle fought in the Middle East instead of Vietnam.In spite you both you and Brack making decent rebuttals to my feelings about the book, I happen to have a pretty good idea what he "was going for" - since I'm familiar with Mark Waid's social media politics. I'm sticking with original response. I'd be very surprised to learn that he, in fact, couldn't find any other villain to tell this tale.