Punisher should be an idiotic, overly simple character…But he’s one of my favorites. And I’ve read his every single appearance. But I only posted highlights as an “evolution of Punisher” series. The posts are listed and linked below.
The Evolution of the Punisher: Early Appearances. Grade: B.
Punisher: Circle of Blood (1985). Steven Grant and Mike Zeck. One of the best miniseries of all time. Grade: A.
Punisher Volume 2 (1987). A character-defining run by Mike Baron established most of the tropes still fundamental to Punisher today. Grade: B.
Punisher: War Zone (1988). Volume 1 (total). Grade: C. Issue #7. Grade: B+.
Return to Big Nothing (OGN) (1989). Grant and Zeck team up again. Grade: A.
Punisher: The Jigsaw Puzzle (1990). Punisher becomes James Bond. Grade: B-.
Punisher Summer Special #1 (1991). Grade: C.
Punisher: Final Days (1991). The One Where He Becomes a Black Man. Grade: A (for over-the-top ridiculousness).
Police Action (1993). Grade: C+.
War Journal #58 (1993). With Ghost Rider. Grade: C+.
War Zone #26 (1994). Grade: B-.
Suicide Run (1994). Grade: B+.
PunisherMAX by Garth Ennis (2004). Grade: A+. Parts 1, 2, 3.
5 Panels from Rick Remender’s Punisher (2009). Grade: B+
Batman/Punisher (1994) by Chuck Dixon and John Romita, Jr. Grade: B+.
The 11 Best Punisher Comics of All Time (2010)
The Top 10 Punisher Comics (2015)