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* BadFuture: The comic shows us an alternate universe where TheWarOnTerror escalated into all out nuclear Armageddon.

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* BadFuture: The comic shows us an alternate universe where TheWarOnTerror UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror escalated into all out nuclear Armageddon.


* IntroOnlyPOV: The first pages are told from the POV of a man referred to as the governor (it's vague whether he's the actual governor of New York or the Warden of Sing Sing) as he tells his assistant about how the negotiations have failed, war is imminent, and the missiles will be flying soon after calling Sing Sing and ordering them to shoot all the prisoners to prevent them from somehow taking over anything that's left afterwards.

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* IntroOnlyPOV: IntroOnlyPointOfView: The first pages are told from the POV of a man referred to as the governor (it's vague whether he's the actual governor of New York or the Warden of Sing Sing) as he tells his assistant about how the negotiations have failed, war is imminent, and the missiles will be flying soon after calling Sing Sing and ordering them to shoot all the prisoners to prevent them from somehow taking over anything that's left afterwards.


-->"One each in L.A., Dallas, Washington and New York City: Nice and close for when you needed them. Deep enough to survive a nuclear attack, capable of supporting life for over a hundred years. Each one containing a store of frozen human embryos -- provided by you and the scientific personnel to oversee them. You could sit out the war you knew was coming, the way you were running the world. You could stay down here and breed, and if the women couldn't conceive, you knew you had a back-up plan.\\
One way or another, the future would be yours. Everyone else could burn."

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-->"One -->''One each in L.A., Dallas, Washington and New York City: Nice and close for when you needed them. Deep enough to survive a nuclear attack, capable of supporting life for over a hundred years. Each one containing a store of frozen human embryos -- provided by you and the scientific personnel to oversee them. You could sit out the war you knew was coming, the way you were running the world. You could stay down here and breed, and if the women couldn't conceive, you knew you had a back-up plan.\\
One way or another, the future would be yours. Everyone else could burn."''



* TheElitesJumpShip: The Coven, the richest and most influential people on Earth, hide out in bunker during a nuclear world war. It's suggested having such a safety net was what made them so reckless as to ''cause'' said war.



* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The Coven's Washington bunker was exterminated by the President of the United States, who snapped and went on a rampage screaming about wanting "more ass" as he shot everybody there.



* TakeThat: The Coven's Washington bunker was exterminated by the President of the United States, who snapped and went on a rampage screaming about wanting "more ass" as he shot everybody there. Of course, we don't know which President it could be (especially because it's set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), but Garth Ennis doesn't really have anything kind to say for ''any'' of them.


* AlliterativeName: Paris Peters, a former con man and a fellow atomic war survivor along with the Punisher.

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* AlliterativeName: Paris Peters, a former con man and a fellow atomic war survivor along with the Punisher.



* ImAHumanitarian: 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).

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* ImAHumanitarian: During the one year spend spent in the fallout bunker under the Sing-Sing prison, Punisher Sing Sing, Frank shot two former guards sharing the space for trying to eat a deceased third guard (whom the Punisher also shot).shot, because the third guard was about to open the hatch and flood the bunker with radiation).



* IntroOnlyPOV: The first pages are told from the POV of a man referred to as the governor (its vague whether he's the actual governor of New York or the Warden of Sing Sing) as he tells his assistant about how the war has reached its peak, and the missiles will be flying soon after calling Sing Sing and ordering them to call all the prisoners to prevent them form somehow taking over anything that's left afterwards.

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* IntroOnlyPOV: The first pages are told from the POV of a man referred to as the governor (its (it's vague whether he's the actual governor of New York or the Warden of Sing Sing) as he tells his assistant about how the negotiations have failed, war has reached its peak, is imminent, and the missiles will be flying soon after calling Sing Sing and ordering them to call shoot all the prisoners to prevent them form from somehow taking over anything that's left afterwards.afterwards.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: We're not given a exact year, but the story begins with the simple, yet chilling word "Soon"...
* UncertainDoom: Frank mentions that William Teacher made it to the shelter along with several guard and a doctor (its also unclear if the guards killing the D-Block inmates and any remaining inmates besides Peters were spared by the Punisher). While at least four of them were dead (Teacher and the three men mentioned under ImAHumanitarian, one of whom may have been the man who stabbed Teacher) it's never specifically stated that there was no one else left alive when Frank and Paris left (although even if there was, there long-term chances of survival are questionable).

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: We're not given a an exact year, but the story begins with the simple, yet chilling word "Soon"...
* UncertainDoom: Frank mentions that William Teacher Teach made it to the shelter along with several guard guards and a doctor (its (it's also unclear if the guards killing the D-Block inmates and any remaining inmates besides Peters were spared by the Punisher). While at least four of them were dead (Teacher (Teach and the three men mentioned under ImAHumanitarian, one of whom may have been the man who stabbed Teacher) Teach), it's never specifically stated that there was no one else left alive when Frank and Paris left (although even if there was, there their long-term chances of survival are questionable).


* BadassGrandpa: 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.

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* IntroOnlyPOV: The first pages are told from the POV of a man referred to as the governor (its vague whether he's the actual governor of New York or the Warden of Sing Sing) as he tells his assistant about how the war has reached its peak, and the missiles will be flying soon after calling Sing Sing and ordering them to call all the prisoners to prevent them form somehow taking over anything that's left afterwards.


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* UncertainDoom: Frank mentions that William Teacher made it to the shelter along with several guard and a doctor (its also unclear if the guards killing the D-Block inmates and any remaining inmates besides Peters were spared by the Punisher). While at least four of them were dead (Teacher and the three men mentioned under ImAHumanitarian, one of whom may have been the man who stabbed Teacher) it's never specifically stated that there was no one else left alive when Frank and Paris left (although even if there was, there long-term chances of survival are questionable).

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*PostApocalypticTrafficJam: Frank and Peters see a lot of abandoned cars, their owners killed as they were trying to flee (Frank notes that the EMP kills the engines and the fallout isn't far behind). They spend the night in "a schoolbus full of assisted suicides".


* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[spoiler:He tracks down the sole survivors on a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth and executes them, because they're the various corrupt and amoral power players whose greed led to the war in the first place. What makes this example worse is that Frank Castle knows that their bunker also has a stockpile of preserved human embryos(sired by them) and [[UterineReplicator the devices to bring them to term]], meaning that this bunker could be used to restore the human race... and he still kills everyone. Not just the fat cats, but the doctors who could look after that stockpile. His rationale boils down to: "They're trying to buy me off by saying they'll save the human race... from the apocalypse they started specifically so they could rule the world. ''Fuck that.''"]]

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[spoiler:He tracks down the sole survivors on a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth and executes them, because they're the various corrupt and amoral power players whose greed led to the war in the first place. What makes this example worse is that Frank Castle knows that their bunker also has a stockpile of preserved human embryos(sired embryos (sired by them) and [[UterineReplicator the devices to bring them to term]], meaning that this bunker could be used to restore the human race... and he still kills everyone. Not just the fat cats, but the doctors who could look after that stockpile. His rationale boils down to: "They're trying to buy me off by saying they'll save the human race... from the apocalypse they started specifically so they could rule the world. ''Fuck that.''"]]



* TakeThat: The Coven's Washington bunker was exterminated by the President of the Untied States, who snapped and went on a rampage screaming about wanting "more ass" as he shot everybody there. Of course, we don't know which President it could be (especially because it's set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), but Garth Ennis doesn't really has anything kind to say for ''any'' of them.

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* TakeThat: The Coven's Washington bunker was exterminated by the President of the Untied United States, who snapped and went on a rampage screaming about wanting "more ass" as he shot everybody there. Of course, we don't know which President it could be (especially because it's set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), but Garth Ennis doesn't really has have anything kind to say for ''any'' of them.



-->''[[spoiler:"We are the last people left alive on Earth"]]'' - Coven leader\\
''"[[spoiler:How does a small-time con-artist end up in D-Block?"]]'' - The Punisher

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-->''[[spoiler:"We are the last people left alive on Earth"]]'' Earth."]]'' - Coven leader\\
''"[[spoiler:How ''[[spoiler:"How does a small-time con-artist end up in D-Block?"]]'' - The Punisher


* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVsIdealism: Far, ''far'' on the cynical end.

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* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVsIdealism: Far, ''far'' on the cynical end. However, the comic ends on a surprisingly idealistic note, saying that while humanity may have died, the Punisher still avenged them and brought justice by killing the men responsible for it all.


* TheUnfettered: Taken to its logical extreme. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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''."]]

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* TheUnfettered: Taken to its logical extreme. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:humanity 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''."]]


* AccidentalMurder: Paris got sent to Sing Sing after a series of arson jobs on empty buildings that accidentally burned a couple dozen kids to death.

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* AccidentalMurder: Paris [[spoiler:Paris got sent to Sing Sing after a series of arson jobs on empty buildings that accidentally burned a couple dozen kids to death.]]



* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He tracks down the sole survivors on a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth and executes them, because they're the various corrupt and amoral power players whose greed led to the war in the first place. What makes this example worse is that Frank Castle knows that their bunker also has a stockpile of preserved human embryos and [[UterineReplicator the devices to bring them to term]], meaning that this bunker could be used to restore the human race... and he still kills everyone. Not just the fat cats, but the doctors who could look after that stockpile. His rationale boils down to, essentially, because humans create crime, humanity doesn't deserve to live.
* BlackSite: The bunker built for the members of The Coven, which is situated in New York (or what's left of it).

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He [[spoiler:He tracks down the sole survivors on a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth and executes them, because they're the various corrupt and amoral power players whose greed led to the war in the first place. What makes this example worse is that Frank Castle knows that their bunker also has a stockpile of preserved human embryos embryos(sired by them) and [[UterineReplicator the devices to bring them to term]], meaning that this bunker could be used to restore the human race... and he still kills everyone. Not just the fat cats, but the doctors who could look after that stockpile. His rationale boils down to, essentially, because humans create crime, humanity doesn't deserve to: "They're trying to live.
buy me off by saying they'll save the human race... from the apocalypse they started specifically so they could rule the world. ''Fuck that.''"]]
* BlackSite: The bunker bunkers built for the members of The Coven, which is situated Coven.
-->"One each
in L.A., Dallas, Washington and New York (or what's left City: Nice and close for when you needed them. Deep enough to survive a nuclear attack, capable of it).supporting life for over a hundred years. Each one containing a store of frozen human embryos -- provided by you and the scientific personnel to oversee them. You could sit out the war you knew was coming, the way you were running the world. You could stay down here and breed, and if the women couldn't conceive, you knew you had a back-up plan.\\
One way or another, the future would be yours. Everyone else could burn."



* ImplacableMan: Frank takes this UpToEleven. ''Nothing'', not old age, not World War III, not imminent death from radiation poisoning, [[spoiler:not even the knowledge that he's condemning the human race to extinction,]] will stop him from delivering punishment. [[spoiler: Even when all this is done, he walks off through the ruins of New York, hallucinating that it's 1976 and he's heading to Central Park to avert his family's deaths... completely ignoring the fact that ''he's on fire''.]]

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* ImplacableMan: Frank takes this UpToEleven. ''Nothing'', not old age, not World War III, not imminent death from radiation poisoning, [[spoiler:not even the knowledge that he's condemning the human race to extinction,]] will stop him from delivering punishment. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even when all this is done, he walks off through the ruins of New York, hallucinating that it's 1976 and he's heading to Central Park to avert his family's deaths... completely ignoring the fact that ''he's on fire''.]]]]
*JerkassHasAPoint: Frank's execution of the Coven, and [[spoiler:with them the human race. They started the war that destroyed the world, knowing that when it happened they could ride it out in their bunkers with their breeding women and a stock of frozen embryos -- re-populating the world from their seed alone. Frank wasn't ''completely'' insane when he put them all down; ''They killed everyone else on Earth so they could rule the ashes.'' Why should he have ''let'' them?]]



* TheUnfettered: Taken to its logical extreme. We watch Frank [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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: "[[spoiler:We died]] at the hands of evil men... ''but we did not let it go unpunished''."

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* TheUnfettered: Taken to its logical extreme. We [[spoiler:We watch Frank [[spoiler:destroy 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]].is. Even by Unfettered standards that's ''chilling''. And at the same time, it has a nihilistic nobility to it. Castle lets [[spoiler:humanity die out rather than leave it under the control of the people who brought the world to an end]]. end. Humanity's epitaph, as written by Frank Castle: "[[spoiler:We died]] "We died at the hands of evil men... ''but we did not let it go unpunished''.""]]



-->''"We are the last people left alive on Earth"'' - Coven leader\\
''"The human race. You've seen what that leads to. How does a small-time con-artist end up in D-Block?"'' - The Punisher

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-->''"We -->''[[spoiler:"We are the last people left alive on Earth"'' Earth"]]'' - Coven leader\\
''"The human race. You've seen what that leads to. How ''"[[spoiler:How does a small-time con-artist end up in D-Block?"'' D-Block?"]]'' - The Punisher


* BadFuture: The comic shows us an alternate universe where UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror escalated into all out nuclear Armageddon.

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* BadFuture: The comic shows us an alternate universe where UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror TheWarOnTerror escalated into all out nuclear Armageddon.


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.

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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 the bring people responsible for the destruction to justice.

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* BodyHorror: By the final part of the story Frank is so damaged from his terminal radiation poisoning that he looks like some kind of ghoul.

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* TakeThat: The Coven's Washington bunker was exterminated by the President of the Untied States, who snapped and went on a rampage screaming about wanting "more ass" as he shot everybody there. Of course, we don't know which President it could be (especially because it's set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), but Garth Ennis doesn't really has anything kind to say for ''any'' of them.

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