The Punisher has never been one of my favorite characters. His stoic and unchanging nature makes him almost inhuman in a way that powered characters such as Spider-Man are not. He’s a hard guy to relate to. Add in the problematic morality issues that seem out of place in a world filled with brightly colored superheroes who place sanctity of life at a premium, and I am usually reminded why he started as a villain, not an anti-hero.
And if there is a single character that epitomizes how out of place and out of depth a man like Frank Castle should be in the Marvel Universe, it is Thor, a literal god among men who can fly and level mountains with a magic hammer.
A meeting between these two characters should never work in my mind. Each pointing out the unreal nature of the other.
But Greg Rucka makes it work and gives us this brilliant scene of two warriors talking, and how Thor understands the Punisher all too well, and would help him if he could.