Marvel Knights Punisher #13-14 (2002)

After taking several issues off, Garth Ennis returns–and he’ll stay for a bit.

This first story is two issues long. Punisher goes to Columbia to take on the F.A.R.C., mafia, and the sources of drugs. The plot is very twisty and satisfying (including Frank Castle tricking a crime lord into helping Punisher kill the entire crime family). No lasting impact, but Ennis Punisher is much more about mood and good storytelling than “importance” or impact on the 616 Universe. Really, this is the thing you need to learn from this issue:

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