Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting that. I knew Rick Remender had an arc coming up with the Legion of Monsters, and the Punisher somehow filling in as Frankencastle, but I never, ever expected this was how we'd get there.
The whole relaunch of the current Punisher title has been based around the Punisher making life miserable for Norman Osborn and his cabal. After siccing the Hood on the Punisher for a few months, to little benefit, Osborn decides to cut bait and bring in a more dangerous hunter. Enter Wolverine's son, Daken. After HAMMER troops soften up the Punisher, in comes Daken for the kill. Punisher does a decent job, and actually holds out for awhile against Wolverine Jr. but really, the fight is almost never in doubt. Daken is too powerful and too well matched against Castle's skill set, and so the fight ends with a Daken win. A definitive win. Daken calmly chops the Punisher to pieces, first slicing his head off, then his arms, then chunking him up from there. I mean, there is no legit way for the Punisher to ever come back as the same character. If he's a stictched up Frankenstein, he needs to stay that forever now. Remender has commented that we've got a "normal" Punisher in the MAX title, so I guess it makes sense to diversify, but wow. I was not expecting this.
So if you are a Punisher fan and want to see how the Marvel U version meets his violent end, pick this up. I honestly don't see how a pile of body parts can even come back as a character, but I guess we'll find out.
John Romita Jr., a classic Punisher artist, lends gravitas to the proceedings. This is an important chapter for Castle, and we get an important artist to draw it for us. I'm honestly in shock over this. It was well done, but man, how did this not get more hype?