I remember reading an extract of a recent Punisher comic, and need help identifying the exact issue/series it came from.

I read it a few years ago, so between 2013 and 2015. The style is similar to, but not exactly the same as, that of "Welcome Back Frank".

While I only read the very end of it, it was implied the issue started with the Punisher somehow fighting with Spider-Man, who asked the Avenger's help to put him down.

The part I read took place in a empty theme park, where the Punisher single-handedly held off Spider-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man and Thor, before surrendering and being put in a specially designed prison in the Antarctic Ocean, designed by Tony Stark.

I also remember a reference to a girl, allied with the Punisher, who takes his role after that.

What I am searching for is the number of this issue, and if possible, a identification of that "Punisher girl" to know if she got a standalone series.

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I'm not super familiar with the Punisher, but looking around it's probably either

Punisher War Zone v3, #4 (30 January 2013)


Punisher War Zone v3, #5 (27 February 2013)

Which one, or possibly both, depends a bit more exactly on what you read and where the elements you remember first appeared, which, not having read the issues myself, I can't analyze, but I believe #5 is your best bet.

The woman would then be Rachel Cole-Aves. I actually found her first by looking up Punisher allies, but then in her Wikipedia biography there's this description:

The Punisher, despite being hunted by the Avengers, frees Rachel (which she initially protests) with the help of Wolverine. Knowing his capture by the Avengers is inevitable, the Punisher gives Rachel everything she needs to relocate, and reassures her by saying, "The mission isn't the man, sergeant. It never was". Rachel is next shown gunning down a pair of muggers in Hollywood.[21][22]

The cite links suggest War Zone #4 as the issue where the torch is passed happens, and #5 as where she's next shown. This review of issue #5 also contains an amusement park:

Castle is held up in an amusement park, which I dig because it brings in shades of the old Parker novels by Richard Stark, but I digress. He’s leading them there not to fight them, but to give Cole-Alves time to escape.

and an undersea prison:

Punisher: War Zone #5 ends with Castle being held in a special containment center at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

If the woman you're thinking of is Rachel Cole-Aves, she did not appear to have her own series, just the very rare cameo (including one in a video game) since.

  • It s a shame for Rachel, it would have been a good idea for marvel to at least try to give her the "main" Punisher role and see where it goes. Thanks a lot.
    – DrakaSAN
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:41

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