Comic Book Series
Punisher 1

Cover to Punisher #1

PunisherMAX is published by Marvel Comics under the MAX imprint. Current price per issue is $3.99.

Publication Dates[]

Last Issue[]

Punisher: Soviet #5: 11 Mar 2020

Current Issue[]

Punisher: Soviet #6: 25 Mar 2020

Next Issue[]

none scheduled


Series of limited series. The Punisher also appears monthly in the Marvel series Punisher.


Main Characters[]

  • Frank Castle/The Punisher - After his family died who were killed by the mob when they witnessed a Mafia gangland execution in New York City's Central Park, Vietnam vet Frank has dedicated his life to killing every mobster & gangster. - wikipedia

Minor Characters[]

Other Characters/Places/Things[]

Recent Storylines[]

Punisher: Soviet #6[]

Punisher: Soviet #5[]

Punisher: Soviet #4[]

Punisher: Soviet #3[]

Punisher: Soviet #2[]

Punisher: Soviet #1[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #6[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #5[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #4[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #3[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #2[]

PunisherMAX: The Platoon #1[]

Past Storylines[]

Untold Tales of PunisherMAX[]

Miniseries, issues #1-5.

Girls in White Dresses[]

Issues #61-65.

Valley Forge, Valley Forge[]

Issues #55-60.

Long Cold Dark[]

Issues #50-54.

Widow Maker[]

Issues #43-49.

Man of Stone[]

Issues #37-42.


Issues #31-36

The Slavers[]

Issues #25-30.

Up Is Down and Black Is White[]

Issues #19-24.

Mother Russia[]

Issues #13-18.

Kitchen Irish[]

Issues #7-12.

In the Beginning[]

Issues #1-6.


Trade Paperbacks[]

  • Punisher MAX, vol. 1: In the Beginning - Collects vol. 1 #1-6. "Frank Castle's old associate Micro is back, and he's after Frank. But first, he's got an offer for Frank that he'd better not refuse." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785113916
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 2: Kitchen Irish - Collects vol. 1 #7-12. "When a bomb explodes in a Hell's Kitchen pub, Frank Castle embarks on a deadly mission that pits him against two rival gangs. One thing is certain: The Punisher won't be pulling his punches!" - WorldCat - ISBN 0785115390
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 3: Mother Russia - Collects vol. 1 #13-18. "Nicky Fury's got a job that needs doing - in Russia. The kind of suicide mission any sane man wouldn't ponder for a second. And that's exactly why he needs the Punisher. Searching for a deadly retrovirus whose sale on the black market could bring the world to its knees, Frank Castle penetrates a Russian nuclear silo...and comes face-to-face with the Mongolian!" - WorldCat - ISBN 0785116036
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 4: Up Is Down and Black Is White - Collects vol. 1 #19-24. "Uber-gangster Nicky Cavella is back with a vengeance -- this time hitting Frank Castle where he least expects it -- right in the black pit of his hardened heart. With one unspeakable act, Nicky will go right to the top of Frank's 'to-do' list -- and there's nowhere he'd rather be." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785117318
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 5: The Slavers - Collects vol. 1 #25-30. "On a pitch-black Brooklyn night, in a dead-end alley, Frank Castle brutally dispatches a crew of Albanian thugs menacing a young woman. Her name is Viorica, she's from Moldavia, and when she tells Frank her story, that's when the real killing starts!" - WorldCat - ISBN 0785118993
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 6: Barracuda - Collects vol. 1 #31-36. "Jigsaw, Ma Gnucci, the Russian - Frank Castle's faced some fearsome foes in his day, but none as stone-cold rotten to the bone as the Barracuda. He's big, he's mean, and the last thing on earth you want is to see him smile." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785120238
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 7: Man of Stone - Collects vol. 1 #37-42. "The last time General Nikolai Alexandrovich Zakharov encountered Frank Castle, the two men were playing chicken with a dozen nuclear warheads over Moscow. Since then, well, let’s just say Zakharov’s not the type to forgive and forget. When a mutual enemy of Castle comes with the perfect plan to lure Frank out of his hole, Zakharvo is all ears. That man is Rawlins. His bait? His former wife and sometime Castle flame: O’Brien." - WorldCat - ISBN 078512165X
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 8: Widowmaker - Collects vol. 1 #43-49. "Five women linked by tragedy and obsession. The Punisher killed their husbands -- put them down like dogs -- and shattered their lives. Now, they want payback, and they’ve hatched the perfect plan to get it. To bring the wolf to their door, all they need is bait." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785124543
  • Punisher MAX, vol. 9: Long Cold Dark - Collects vol. 1 #50-54. "The Punisher's wildest foe is back! Left gut-shot in shark-infested waters, Barracuda's got a major score to settle with Frank Castle. But Barracuda's no dummy. Charging in with guns blazing is for suckers. He's got something serious planned. Something that's going to hit Frank where he hasn't been hit in years: the black pit that used to be his heart." - WorldCat - ISBN 078512814X
  • Punisher MAX Vol. 10: Valley Forge, Valley Forge - Collects vol. 1 #55-60. "Thirty-five years ago, the Fifth Cavalry disgorged their troops on an isolated Vietnamese hilltop and was met by a scene of utter devastation. The final body count ran to well over seven-hundred — almost 200 hundred of them American soldiers. Standing alone amidst the carnage, a sole survivor: Captain Frank Castle, who years later would be known as the most fearsome vigilante to walk the Earth — the Punisher. Now, the Punisher is about to face his stiffest test: He’s hunted big game in his day, but none as big as this. Five men with unlimited resources. Men who’d put anything between themselves and the Punisher’s bullet. Men who know exactly who he is — and how to fight him." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785127550
  • Punisher MAX: From First to Last - Collects three one-shots. "Three dark tales of the Punisher’s past, present and future. THE TYGER: As a 10-year-old boy on the streets of Brooklyn, Frank Castle was no stranger to violence. On the eve of his first kill as the Punisher, Castle remembers a far-off summer filled with fear, intimidation and revenge. THE CELL: Deep in the bowels of Riker’s Island lurk five evil old men, with a secret so terrible that even they can’t begin to comprehend it. But a new inmate has arrived: the Punisher, convicted of a hundred murders, determined to find those five old men no matter what. And finally, THE END: In the near future, in the ruins of a world destroyed by nuclear fire, there is still evil — and so there must be punishment. A dying Frank Castle stalks the mass graves of New York City, determined to carry out one final, dreadful task." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785117156
  • Punisher MAX: Girls in White Dresses - Collects vol. 1 #61-65 & Hunted. "In black vans and under cover of night, they descend on the little Mexican town of Tierra Rota, abducting its women and returning them days later like broken dolls. And no one can stop them. That is, until one brave soul approaches Frank Castle with his heart in one hand and a bag full of money in the other. Now Frank's no bounty hunter, and definitely no hero, but there are some things the Punisher just can't abide." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785129847
  • Punisher: Frank Castle MAX - Six Hours To Kill - Collects vol. 1 #66-70 & Force of Nature. "The Punisher always knew he'd die on the job. But he didn't know he'd have an expiration date. After busting up a slave ring in downtown Philadelphia, Frank Castle has been tricked, trapped, gassed, strapped to a table, and injected with a serum that will turn him into a 220-pound corpse by dawn - six hours from now. The people who grabbed him want him to do a simple little job and then they'll give him the antidote - simple, right? Guess again! The Punisher is nobody's errand boy! There's only one thing he wants to do before he dies: Take as many bastards as he can with him!" - WorldCat - ISBN 0785131825
  • Punisher: Frank Castle MAX - Welcome to the Bayou - Collects vol. 1 #71-75? "Traveling the Louisiana back roads with something awful stored in his trunk, Frank Castle stops at a service station on the edge of the bayou…and steps into a world of unspeakable horror. Patrolling the depths of hell, the Punisher has crossed paths with plenty of unsavory characters, but nothing has prepared him for the unspeakable depravity of the Geautreauxs. Plus: Vette’s little black book is a treasure chest of dark secrets. Movie stars, politicians, gangsters — they all pay to play. Tonight, she is making a house call — and the Punisher is riding shotgun. Because one of the names in that book is Carlos Ramirez, a powerful Miami drug lord who hides in an impenetrable fortress, and Vette is the Punisher’s best ticket inside. Before the night is through, Vette will learn a thing or two about what really lurks in the hearts of men, about the difference between dogs and wolves." - WorldCat - ISBN 078513378X
  • Punisher MAX: Naked Kills - Collects Annual 2007, Butterfly, Get Castle, & Naked Kill. - WorldCat - ISBN 0785144218
  • Untold Tales of Punisher Max - Collects Untold Tales #1-4. "A massive debt, a gun with untraceable bullets, and one unthinkable choice. Whose side will the Punisher take? Frank gets involved in the most twisted encounter ever." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785165924

  • Punisher Max, The Complete Collection, vol. 4 - Collects vol. 1 #50-60, plus The Tyger, The Cell, The End, & Punisher Presents: Barracuda #1-5 - WorldCat - ISBN 9781302902445
  • Punisher Max, The Complete Collection, vol. 5 - Collects vol. 1 #61-75 & Annual 2007, plus Force of Nature & Little Black Book - WorldCat - ISBN 9781302902742
  • Punisher Max, The Complete Collection, vol. 6 - Collects X-Mas Special, Naked Kill, Get Castle, Butterfly, Happy Ending, Hot Rods of Death, Tiny Ugly World, & Untold Tales #1-5. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781302907396


  • Punisher MAX, vol. 6 - Collects vol. 1 #61-74, plus Force of Nature & Little Black Book. - WorldCat - ISBN 0785156569
  • Punisher MAX: From First to Last - "Collecting three deadly one-shots! THE TYGER: Long before he waged a one-man vendetta against organized crime, long before he was young lieutenant waging war in the jungles of ‘Nam, Frank Castle was a 10-year-old boy growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn. When a classmate commits suicide in the aftermath of an unspeakable act, young Frank uncovers a secret dark enough to blacken the purest of hearts. Thus begins his first journey on the road that will eventually turn him into the man known as the Punisher, a journey that will bring him face to face with the Tyger: a creature not made by God, but just as vital to the world as anything He created. THE CELL: From the darkest bowels of Riker’s prison, the old men preside over their empire. Nothing goes down without their say-so; no one draws a breath without their permission. And when a riot explodes, they need only fortify their defenses and ride it out. But someone else is weaving his way through the bloodstained halls, their newest neighbor: Frank Castle. THE END: Legendary artist Richard Corben joins definitive Punisher writer Garth Ennis for Frank Castle’s last stand! In a world gone mad, the Punisher just might be the sanest man on Earth. Now he’s heading home, to the place it all began, and heaven help anyone who stands in his path." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785122761
  • PunisherMAX: Kingpin - Collects vol. 2 #1-5. "Wilson Fisk is a bodyguard for mob boss Don Rigoletto, but he has his eyes on a much bigger prize, and he's gonna use Frank Castle to help him realize his dreams." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785145966
  • PunisherMAX: Bullseye - Collects vol. 2 #6-11. "No one knows where he comes from or why he does it. No one knows his name. They all just call him Bullseye. And now he's come to New York City, with his sights set on Frank Castle. Let the hunt begin." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785147551
  • PunisherMAX: Frank - Collects vol. 2 #12-16. "Now confined to a prison hospital bed, Frank must begin the long painful process of healing, not just for his broken body, but his horribly-scarred soul as well. To do that, he'll have to face the darkest secret of his past, one he'd hoped would stay buried forever." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785152083
  • PunisherMAX: Homeless - Collects vol. 2 #17-22. "The Punisher is at his lowest point. Homeless, penniless, gun-less. But none of this changes the fact that he's got his sights aimed squarely on the most powerful man in the country: the Kingpin of Crime. Fearing for his life and paranoid, the Kingpin brings in a new bodyguard, the best money can buy: a hard-as-nails woman going by the name of Elektra." - WorldCat - ISBN 0785152105

Hardcover Omnibuses[]

  • Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 1 #31-60, plus Punisher Presents: Barracuda #1-5, Punisher: The Tyger, Punisher: The Cell & Punisher: The End. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781302912062


Leftover Useful Information[]

Creative Team[]

  • Writer (#1-60): Garth Ennis.
  • Artist on "Barracuda": Goran Parlov

Publishing History[]

This is the sixth volume of Punisher. It started in 2004.

Volume five was published from 2001-2004 under the Marvel Knights imprint for 37 issues.

Volume four was a twelve-issue maxi-series, published under the Marvel Knights imprint, from 2000-2001.

Volume three was published from 1995-1997 as a Marvel Edge title, issues #1-18.

Volume two was published from 1987-1995, issues #1-105.

Volume one was a five issue mini-series, published in 1986.

Future Publication Dates[]

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