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- Frankencastle. For the uninitiated, Frank Castle, The Punisher, was killed and then brought back as a Frankenstein monster. Sure, at first glance, it looks like they've ruined the character. But the whole thing is an enormous middle finger to the "comic books have to be serious" crowd. That isn't the brilliance. Think about it. He died and was brought back with spare parts and mad science. If it weren't for the neck bolts and head stitches all the fans of XTREEM would think it was HARDCORE. HE'S BASICALLY A BAD-ASS ZOMBIE CYBORG NOW, just he's based on Mary Shelly instead of the Terminator or Cable. The writers managed to give the hardcore comics fans what they wanted WITHOUT GIVING THEM WHAT THEY WANTED. That takes skill.
- Kicks in when you read the one-shot The Tyger, which reveals that when Frank was a boy, a girl he liked was raped by the son of the local mafia don, who made a habit of doing this to local girls because no-one would touch him due to their fear of his father.
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