7. THE PUNISHER VS. THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IN THE PUNISHER KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (1995)

The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe re-imagined Frank Castle’s family as having been killed during a super powered brawl rather than a Mafia hit. This led the Punisher to declare a war on anyone wearing tights (ballerinas and professional wrestlers excluded).

This “What If?” type story showed the Punisher systematically picking off members of the superhero community in gloriously violent fashion, like when Spider-Man and Captain America were bumped off in a hail of gunfire. But the Punisher also showed off his creative side in this book when he lured the X-Men to the Moon and then proceeded to shoot a nuke at it.

This story proved that you don’t need super strength or speed to be dangerous. Just your wits and intelligence. And a nuke.