Comic Book / The Punisher: The End
Judge, jury and executioner, even after the nuclear apocalypse.

"You see what I mean about the human race?"
Frank Castle

A dark Alternative Continuity comic featuring The Punisher, which was written by Garth Ennis, and published through Marvel's MAX imprint.

In a world desolated by nuclear war, Frank Castle, the vigilante known as the Punisher, exits a fallout shelter to embark on a mission to bring people responsible for the destruction to justice.

This comic has examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Paris got sent to Sing Sing after a series of arson jobs on empty buildings that accidentally got a couple of dozen orphans killed.
  • Alliterative Name: Paris Peters, a former con man and a fellow atomic war survivor along with the Punisher.
  • Bad Future: The comic shows us an alternate universe where The War on Terror escalated into all out nuclear Armageddon.
  • Badass Grandpa: Frank Castle got old enough to be captured and sent to Sing Sing, but he was still badass enough to overpower the guards that were about to kill him during the eve of world-wide nuclear destruction, and eventually prepare himself for his final vigilante mission.
  • Black Site: The bunker built for the members of The Coven, which is situated in New York (or what's left of it).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A cabal of these are responsible for the end of the world.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: During the one year spend in the fallout bunker under the Sing-Sing prison, Punisher shot two former guards sharing the space for trying to eat a deceased third guard (whom the Punisher also shot).
  • Kill 'em All: Taken Up to Eleven and beyond. After a nuclear apocalypse, the Punisher and his sidekick venture out of a bomb shelter when the radiation has gone down enough for them to make it to the people responsible for turning the world into a nuclear wasteland. Once he gets there he massacres all of them. Including the scientist, and the security guards who were only doing their jobs. He then strangles his sidekick to death after he confirms that he inadvertently caused the deaths of dozens of children. The story ends with the Punisher, now engulfed in flames, walking off into the wasteland.
  • Posthumous Character: William Teach, the dead architect who designed the various bunkers for the members of the Coven. He relayed his information to Castle as he was dying, sparking the Punisher to hunt down the last criminals on Planet Earth.
  • Shoot the Builder: A non-lethal version of the trope, as William Teach, who designed the bunker housing The Coven (politicians and businessmen responsible for the war that ruined the Earth), was framed by them for an unspecified crime and ended up in Sing Sing. There he met Frank Castle, to whom he relayed the info on his employers, sending Castle after them when he emerged from the fallout shelter.
  • The Unfettered: Taken to its logical extreme. We watch Frank destroy humanity's last chance for survival in a nuclear wasteland rather than show mercy to the bastards who made the world into the wasteland it now is. Even by Unfettered standards that's chilling. And at the same time, it has a nihilistic nobility to it. Castle lets humanity die out rather than leave it under the control of the people who brought the world to an end. Humanity's epitaph, as written by Frank Castle: "We died at the hands of evil men... but we did not let it go unpunished."