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Batman & Punisher Crossover Part 1

Batman Punisher: Lake of Fire. How does Batman working with Punisher work? This crossover happened in 1994 created by Dennis O’Neil, Barry Kitson, and James Pascoe.

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what is up Earth's Mightiest subscribers
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it's Ernie Blerd Without Fear welcome
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back to the channel in today's video
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we're gonna be talking about Batman
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Punisher lake of fire by Dennis O'Neil
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and Barry kits in a James Pasco and in
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this video we're gonna see how two
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characters who are kind of extreme in
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their own right wind up having to work
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together and how poorly that turns out
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for everybody
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themselves included we're gonna talk
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about all that and more right now but
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first wash your damn hands and let's hit
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that intro for the wise grass on the
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green no one is fertilized gable chief
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any songs they prefer to last that's any
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beautiful adrift and have purple eyes
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you can't see me you Stevie Wonder in
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have I'm pretty smart ever loses that
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so today's video we're doing something
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little different we are gonna be talking
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about a crossover that happened back in
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1994 between the characters of Marvel
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and DC specifically Batman and the
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Punisher this was a two-part story arc
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where Batman was going to cross paths
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with the Punisher and and what they did
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with this because this actually took
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place during a time when Bruce Wayne was
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not Batman and technically he was you
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see this is all takes place after the
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nightfall story arc the story arc that
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was famous for Batman having his back
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broken by Bane and then having to give
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up the cape and cowl
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jean-paul Valley formerly known as as
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real and the first time that the
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Punisher meets up with Batman it happens
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to be during the time when jean-paul
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Valley is Batman jean-paul Valley is
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kind of losing he has been
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struggling to be Batman he's not really
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been doing a good job of it lately and
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he's going through that thing that I
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feel like lots of legacy characters deal
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with when they take up the mantle of a
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character who's been an icon in comics
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for a long time it's not that different
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for each character who's done this
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before and jean-paul Valley is getting
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his fair share in that he feels like
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he's not living up to the name is he the
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better Batman is he not living up to
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Bruce's legacy more importantly is he
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living up to his own legacy because we
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can't forget that he was formerly Azrael
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of the order of st. Dumas and lately st.
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Dumas feels like jean-paul Valley is not
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living up to his full potential that
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he's lost his edge he's not doing the
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things he should be doing he's not
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punishing the heretics he's not
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punishing the infidels he's not
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punishing the evil of the world as he
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should and in this one shot jean-paul
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Valley feels as though he has to make up
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for it all he has to get st. Dumas back
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on his side but he wants to be able to
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do so by also being the bat at the same
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time and one of the things I feel like
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really kind of points out a lot of
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jean-paul Valley shortcomings is that he
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is not naturally a good detective the
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way Batman is he has to rely on the
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bat-computer more than even Batman does
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and that's some of this very well
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illustrated here in the series I mean
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yeah he's a great fighter sure but can
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he answer the Riddler's riddles on the
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fly like Batman can I don't think so now
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as for Punisher Punisher has come to
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Gotham because he basically is following
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jinx the only problem is that when
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Punisher shows up in town he's doing his
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shtick the way he always does beating up
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criminals mercilessly taking names
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occasionally but not feeling quite as
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trigger-happy as he usually is when he's
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back at
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that's something that you'll notice very
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quickly in this book because this
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technically is I guess would be DC's
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side of the crossover more so than
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everybody else in this particular run
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Marvel technically takes on the second
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crossover which I find very interesting
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because that's the one that has Bruce
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Wayne but anyways
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neither here nor there Punisher is
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booked rather incompetently in this it
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seems as though he has fallen into
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jigsaw straps see what jigsaw has done
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is that he's decided to run off to
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Gotham and kind of kick off this really
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crazy convoluted scheme he's
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commissioned for this compound of rocket
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fuel that can set water aflame and
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they're basically doing a modified
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version of the whole poison Gotham's
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water supply they're gonna plant this
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rocket fuel in the water and set it
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ablaze causing massive damage to
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Gotham's water supply and its overall
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infrastructure causing millions upon
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billions upon trillions of dollars and
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damage and jigsaw just so happens to
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have a company on standby that he's
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built up that is ready to fix that
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damage for price and that's exactly what
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he's planning to do now one of the more
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interesting pieces in this is a guy by
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the name of rhymer
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a character who is seemingly innocuous
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at first but I have a very sneaking
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suspicion and it's not really explicitly
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stated in this comic but I always got
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the impression that rhymer is not who he
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claims to be and we'll get to that here
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in a minute
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getting back to what jigsaws doing now
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the Punishers tracked down he winds up
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following a lead that takes him to an
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old cathedral in rundown Gotham only
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problem is a nun who's not a nun
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splashes in with some of the compound
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and then they set the entire Cathedral
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on fire now this is how Batman and
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Punisher wind up coming across one
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another while Punisher is prepared to be
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burned alive Batman is the one who comes
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in and saves and here's where it gets
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pretty interesting because you have two
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characters who for the most part have a
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very similar code of ethics if not being
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implied in jean-paul Valley of course
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now being Batman he's more of an agent
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of vengeance for his Punisher isn't that
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much different from the villains that he
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takes out but that's intentional and one
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could even make the argument that John
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Paul Valley is not that much better than
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punishment at least he'll before it
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became bad and even then he's still not
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that much better the problem is as far
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as Batman is concerned he thinks that
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punishes one of the bad guys that he's
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more than willing to take him down The
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Punisher is able to convince him that he
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knows how to get to jigsaw better than
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anybody else
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so if jigsaw is at the heart of this
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then it's only gonna make sense if they
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work together but Batman has already
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made up his mind that once they find who
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they're looking for he is going to take
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Punisher down and the funny thing about
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Punisher and Batman is that they do work
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really well together this is one of
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those situations where two characters
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meet up and they don't necessarily start
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off fighting one another and I like the
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fact that they are vaguely aware of each
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other when they first meet Punisher is
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very aware of who Batman is he did his
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homework Batman is aware of who Punisher
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is even if only vaguely
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they know of each other in passing but
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they don't know everything about one
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another and though Punisher winds up
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ditching Batman because he's pretty sure
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he can figure all this out on his own
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knowing that he doesn't want to have to
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tango with Batman should everything get
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wrapped up too quickly
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Batman and Punisher go their separate
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ways after Batman drops a tear gas
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pellet and of course gifting Punisher a
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rebreather so he doesn't pass out along
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with the criminals that they're taking
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out something that's gonna bite him in
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the ass and a little bit you see when
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Batman finally follows the leads back to
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rhymer Reimer starts seeing he tells
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everything he gives up the plan
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everything this guy is cut in an album
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of the greatest hits in history so that
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he doesn't get his ass kicked any more
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than it already is honestly the only
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reason why he's doing it is because it's
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already too late everything is about to
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kick off in less than 10 minutes
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Gotham's water supply is going to be
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wiped off the face of the earth and
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wouldn't you know who owned the pony
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Batman actually gets there in time
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took toward the scheme almost too easily
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he disses the Gotham reservoir with less
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than a minute to spare and in that time
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frame is able to commandeer a wrecking
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and is able to crash the reservoir what
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a little bit of fire does kickoff is not
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even enough to damage anything and of
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course while Batman is doing that
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Punisher is able to go catch up with
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jigsaw this is where Punishers and
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competence shows up a lot he makes a lot
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of rookie mistakes
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for a guy who's as experienced as
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himself in jigsaw gets the upper hand on
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him more than a couple of times in this
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fight where Punisher where he normally
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would just have shot jigsaw
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he gives jigsaw enough time to crack him
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in the face with a phone throws a knife
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at him aimed at his heart and misses it
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entirely hitting his gun instead even
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wins of getting shot by jigsaw in the
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arm and when he's trying to run jigsaw
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down he winds up catching a boot in the
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face for his troubles he does manage to
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throw cheeks off a ledge but Batman is
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the one who manages to catch him and
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stop him from falling well almost
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and when Batman goes to deal with the
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Punisher this is when Joker shows up out
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of nowhere and this is supposed to be
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setting up some bigger things because I
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believe in the next crossover jigsaw and
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Joker are gonna be working together and
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you can already tell this not going to
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be some kind of mutually beneficial
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business relationship because it already
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comes off as one-sided jigsaw already
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seems to not be up for Joker's and
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of course we finally have the fight that
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always happens inevitably between two
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superheroes when they cross paths with
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one another and this is where we
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separate the men from the boys Punisher
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and Batman they go toe-to-toe with each
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other at the end of the day this version
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of Batman is not equipped to handle the
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Punisher now of course yes he has the
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bulletproof suit he's able to fend off
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any bullets that Punisher sends his way
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and somehow Punisher seems surprised at
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this but what Batman is not prepared for
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is that Punisher doesn't fight fair
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Punisher remembers exactly where in the
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utility belt Batman originally got those
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tear gas pellets from and he uses them
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against him knowing that Batman's mask
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has to be set to rebreather mode
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before he sets off the gas and he
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unleashes a tear gas right at
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point-blank range with jean-paul Valley
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leaving him begging for fresh air and
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Punisher doesn't do anything to him
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after this he pretty much leaves him to
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his own devices and they both cross
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paths again because the next time that
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we see these two characters together
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Bruce Wayne is gonna be the one who's in
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the bat suit and I gotta admit this
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comic is very interesting it's not a bad
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comics actually fairly decent as Marvel
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DC crossovers go they usually have like
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this kind of really weird lame WWE circa
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Attitude Era booking where just random
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things happen for the flimsiest of
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reasons but here yeah they get together
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for the flimsiest of reasons but they
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also kind of get along for the most part
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but they still have to have a
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confrontation towards him I think that's
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the problem I have with comments like
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this this was a very 90s comics and
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considering this is 1994 but at the end
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of it all I thought was a really cool
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crossover better than most between
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Marvel and DC from the past now before
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we get out of here are you thinking
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about checking out this comic because if
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lake of fire by Dennis O'Neil Barry
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Kitson in James Pasco and matter-of-fact
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let me know who you think would wind up
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winning in a fight jean-paul Valley
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version of Batman or The Punisher
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