Speaking of the Punisher, and my general lack of interest for the character, I'm even less a fan of the over-exposed, over-rated Wolverine. As I've mentioned, I did enjoy Garth Ennis' run on the Punisher, and issues 16 and 17 may have been the pinnacle, featutring a blackly hilarious team up with the "ol Canucklehead" as only Ennis could write it. Ennis clearly "gets" Wolverine in a way few other writers do, imbuing him with the gravitas and importance he has earned as Marvels #1 cash cow:
Heh heh. Wotta maroon.
In the story, Punisher and Wolverine are both on the trail of mob goombahs who are mysteriously disappearing, leaving only their discarded, cut off lower legs behind. Each hero suspects the other of being the culprit, and they have a classic Mighty Marvel Misunderstanding and fight, before they team up. Of course, the Punisher doesn't play well with others, so he spends the rest of the story fighting an army of revenge-crazed criminal midgets alongside Wolverine, while also trying to incapacitate Wolverine to get him out of the way. Frank first blasts Wolvie's face off with a shotgun, shoots him in the doo-dads, and nearly sets him on fire, but the rodent's healing factor allows him to shrug all that off and keep the "team-up" going. By the time the two have slaughtered all of the little would-be crimelords, Frank realizes he needs to get the nigh-indesructible runt off his back for the long term, when he spies a handy road roller:
That may be the single greatest thing Marvel printed in the last decade. Then he goes into the next room and murders a room full of amputees. That wacky Punisher!
Pages from Punisher ( 2001 series ) #17 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robetson