Lister Sage asks:
The Jason Todd post had me thinking: Does this DC Universe need a Punisher?
Not really. The DC Universe has had Punishers before: Mad Dog, the second Vigilante, the latest iteration of Manhunter to an extent, and you can even make a case for Tommy Monoghan. Almost universally they just don’t work in the long run (Chris Sims’ odd love for Mad Dog aside) unless the story is closed off (IE, the end of Hitman). Partially it’s because the idea of a Punisher in a universe with Superman in it is ludicrous. Partially it’s a matter of tone. And partially it’s because the Punisher concept is pretty wack to begin with unless you go the Garth Ennis route and decide on either dark comedy or ultradark violent noir, and neither of those modes can work longterm within the DC Universe, which has two settings: bright adventure and dark melodrama.