Punisher: X-Mas Special v2 1

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Punisher: X-Mas Special v2 1

Post by Col_Fury » Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:02 am

Punisher: X-Mas Special v2 #1
February, 2009

Appearances:
Punisher(Frank Castle), Frank Castle Jr-FB, Maria Castle-FB-OP

Synopsis:
(1-5): Christmas Eve in Chicago…
So, this priest walks into a bar on Christmas Eve, right? And he gets himself really drunk and starts raving about how no one appreciates Christmas anymore and starts yelling at some mobsters. The mobsters get upset and threaten the priest, so Santa Claus whips out his machine gun and kills all the mobsters.(who knew that the Punisher was really Santa?)
(6-15): same night
Meanwhile across town, some hitmen go into a hospital and kill all the babies, because rival mob boss Castellano’s wife is suppose to give birth tonight.(on Christmas Eve!) The Punisher has heard of this and shows up at the hospital and kills the hitmen. He then takes Johnny Castellano and his wife away from the hospital.
(16-18): same night
Meanwhile, mob boss Maranzano isn’t happy with the botched assassination attempt, so he hires three men wise in the way of killing to take care of it. (Three Wise Men, get it?)
(19-32): same night
Meanwhile, the Punisher has found a race horse stable away from the action so Mrs. Castellano can give birth.(in a manger! Get it?) Castellano doesn’t know what to do, but the Punisher knows enough about making babies, he’s seen live births preformed before. The Three Wise Men arrive and try to do their job, but the Punisher’s ready for them! After he kills the new hitmen, he kills Castellano for trying to kill HIM. He finishes the birth, then shoots Mrs. Castellano in the face, because she killed some kid last year that knocked up her daughter.
(33:3-33:4)-FB, (34:2)-FB, (34:4)-FB: same night
The Punisher then goes to Maranzano’s place and kills everyone there.
(33-34): Christmas Day
Remember the priest from last night? Well, the Punisher has dropped baby Castellano off at his doorstep with a box full of money and a note to the priest to take care of the kid. Merry Christmas!

Where did the Punisher witness live births? These two places:

(22:3)-FB
Frank is asked to assist in a birth during one of his tours in Vietman.(Frank is off-panel)
(22:4)-FB
Frank is present at the birth of his son Frank Jr.(both Maria & Frank are off-panel, and it’s obviously a boy)

References:
The Punisher is in Chicago, there’s snow all over the place, and it’s December 24-25. I’m pretty sure that the Punisher was busy ‘last’ Christmas, so this is most likely the Christmas following Secret Invasion, putting this after the current volume of Punisher War Journal wraps up and after the current Punisher MAX arc.

Two years ago, there was another one-shot with exactly the same title as this: “Punisher: X-Mas Special #1”. That would make this volume 2. Also, there was a FlashBack in that previous special that I never made a suggestion for, so I’ll lump it in with this…

FlashBack placement suggestion!

PUNISHER II/FRANK CASTIGLIONE/"FRANK CASTLE"

ASM 175-FB
*PUN: XMAS2 1 (22:3)-FB-OP
PWZ 20-FB
PWZ 21-FB
PBSS 3-FB
PUN7 56-FB
PWJ 4-FB
PUN4 3 (8:4)-FB
PUN/CA:B&G 3-FB
PUN7 58-FB(photograph)
BORN 1
BORN 2
BORN 3
BORN 4 (1 - 18)
*PUN: XMAS2 1 (22:4)-FB-OP
PUN@ 4 (3:1)-FB
BORN 4 (19 - 21)
PUN@ 4 (3:2 - 3:4)-FB
PUN4 1 (8:3)-FB
PWZ 21-FB
*PUN: XMAS 1-FB-OP
MICROCHIP 1 (23)


CASTLE, CHRISTIE
BORN 4
PUN@ 4-FB
PWZ 21-FB
*PUN: XMAS 1-FB
PUN4 1-FB


CASTLE, FRANK JR.
*PUN: XMAS2 1-FB
BORN 4
PUN@ 4-FB
PWZ 21-FB
*PUN: XMAS 1-FB
PUN4 1-FB


CASTLE, MARIA
*PUN: XMAS2 1-FB-OP
BORN 4
PUN@ 4-FB
PWZ 21-FB
*PUN: XMAS 1-FB
PUN4 1-FB


A big BIG thanks to JLH and his BORN/pre-Punisher analysis, which can be found in Archive 55!
-Daron Jensen

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Re: Punisher: X-Mas Special v2 1

Post by Paul Bourcier » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:44 pm

Thanks for the analysis, Colonel. I've placed this where you suggest, on the Christmas following Secret Invasion.
Paul B.

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