The Punisher's numb rage

US police offers recently put the Punisher's skull logo on their cars. Yeah, that's right: law enforcement, openly celebrating a murderous vigilante. I was so taken aback by this, I penned an essay for Meanjin magazine: 'The Punisher's Numb Rage'. It looks, among other things, at the Punisher's real and fictional history, his appeal to the armed forces, and the troubling militarisation of policing. You can buy Meanjin in bookshops or subscribe here. In the meantime, here's a short excerpt: ...the skeletal face is a warning: the Grim Reaper, Jolly Roger, Nazi Death’s Head (Totenkopf). It is a threat. In Solvay, New York and Catlettsburg, Kentucky, staff put this threat proudly on their squad

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