What would the universe be like without it's superheroes?
Marvel Comics decided to find out when they debuted a one-shot comic book titled The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe.
In the comic, Frank Castle's transformation to The Punisher is reimagined as his wife and children are caught in the crossfires of a battle between Marvel Universe's heroes and The Brood, a race of fairly repugnant insectoid and extraterrestrial beings well known to Marvel fans. Enraged that none of the heroes are admitting their fault in his family's death, Castle embarks on a quest of revenge to destroy every superhero and villain, earning his title as The Punisher in the process.
The book features virtually every member of the Marvel Universe. Personal confrontations with Wolverine, Captain America, and Daredevil eradicate the veteran superheroes, while super teams, including the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants, are wiped out in one swift act of revenge. The Punisher's reign of vengeance ends with killing himself.
Despite the storyline, the comic, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by artist Doug Braithwaite, was originally released in 1995 to an indifferent audience. With Marvel looking to revive The Punisher franchise, the comic was reprinted in 1999 with a new cover by Steve Dillon.