Real Name: Henry Russo
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Non-profit employee; former vigilante
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Anti-Venom (Eddie Brock), Elsa Bloodstone, Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Legion of Monsters (Living Mummy/N'Kantu, Morbius/Michael Morbius, Werewolf by Night/Jack Russell), Outlaw (Inez Temple), Punisher (Frank Castle)
Enemies: Tanya Adrian, Blue Streak (Don Thomas), Brothers Grimm (Barton and Percy Grimes), Stuart Clarke, Daken (Akihiro), Grizzly (Max Markham), H.A.M.M.E.R., Robert Hellsgaard, Hood (Parker Robbins), Yagyu Kojiro, Lady Gorgon, Lascivious (Davida Devito), Letha (Hellen Feliciano), Megatak (Gregory Nettles), Microchip (Linus Lieberman), Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo), Norman Osborn, Quintas Cartel, Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott), Sentry (Robert Reynolds), Shaolin Scientist Squad, Tombstone (Lonnie Lincoln)
Known Relatives: Jigsaw (Henry Russo, father), Sandy (mother)
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: (Seen) Punisher VIII#1 (March, 2009); (as Henry) Punisher VIII#2 (April, 2009); (last name revealed) Punisher VIII#9 (November, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: Though he possesses no super-powers, Henry Russo is a genius in working with technology, able to hack into government databases, monitor traffic cameras, and gather intel from across the internet. Henry has repurposed equipment from various super-heroes and villains, making them usable by himself or the Punisher. Henry himself has used Rocket Racer's hoverboard most frequently. Henry is incredibly innovative, once defeating Mister Hyde by looping death metal at high volume through the Ant-Man helmet. Henry has some rudimentary skill at first aid. Henry is a vegetarian.
Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
(Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - Years ago, Jigsaw fathered a child with Sandy, and she had Henry. Jigsaw would occasionally visit Sandy and Henry over the years. Once, Jigsaw approved Henry getting a cat.
(Punisher: In the Blood I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw would often come home to Sandy, ranting about the Punisher and breaking things. One day when Sandy agreed with Jigsaw that the Punisher was terrible, Jigsaw began beating Sandy regularly, and sometimes Henry when he got in the middle, trying to protect his mother. Jigsaw came close to killing Sandy at least once. Henry grew up idolizing the Punisher as the man his father hated.
(Punisher VIII#9) - On one visit to Sandy's home, Jigsaw discovered that Henry's cat had kittens. He hit Henry, then held a gun to Sandy's head, saying he would kill her if Henry didn't drown the kittens, so Henry did so.
(Punisher VIII#15 (fb) - BTS) - Henry set out to find the Punisher and embark on a mission that would make up for the crimes of Jigsaw.
(Punisher VIII#2 (fb) - BTS) - Henry established a secure base and began hacking into government systems and cameras in order to collect intel. When Norman Osborn was put in charge of H.A.M.M.E.R., Henry hacked Oscorp's systems, finding evidence of drug-running, prostitution, slavery, black ops, and arms deals. He soon began tracking the Punisher, even reading his S.H.I.E.L.D. file.
(Punisher VIII#1) - Henry hacked into traffic cameras and tracked the Punisher during his battle with the Sentry. Henry guided Punisher to him, promising to help him.
(Punisher VIII#2 (fb) - BTS) - Henry took Punisher back to his base and tended to his wounds.
(Punisher VIII#2) - When Punisher woke up, he initially threatened Henry, who soon explained that he wanted to help take down Osborn, and he promised that he had what it took to get his hands dirty. Henry provided backing and intel to Punisher as he raided a criminal armory full of acquired super-hero and super-villain tech, then he helped the Punisher rescue human trafficking victims and stop a criminal deal. Later Henry sought a 'thank you' from the Punisher before he saw all of the carnage on his cameras that resulted from Punisher's attacks, and he rushed to the bathroom to vomit.
(Punisher VIII#4 (fb) - BTS) - Henry set up another control station in the Punisher's van.
(Punisher VIII#3 (fb) - BTS) - Henry continued gathering intel for Punisher on the crimes being set up by Osborn. He tracked one organ-harvesting ring, connected to hundreds of missing runaways, with ties to Yagyu Kojiro, a Hand operative.
(Punisher VIII#3) - Henry provided the intel to the Punisher, who chose to go after the organ harvesters. Henry provided intel for Punisher as he fought the Shaolin Scientist Squad, but armed operatives working for the Hood soon closed in. As Henry desperately tried to find an escape route for the Punisher, Punisher was overwhelmed by the forces.
(Punisher VIII#4) - From the van, Henry watched as Punisher slaughtered dozens of enemies. When Henry realized that the Hood's hacker had discovered him, he triggered an explosion in his home base, blowing up the Grizzly. Henry did his best to patch up the Punisher's frequent wounds, then he looked up intel on the Hood. Punisher donned some super-powered items, including an Ant-Man helmet, as he prepared to attack the Hood.
(Deadpool: Suicide Kings#2 (fb) - BTS) - Hearing Deadpool had killed civilians, Punisher had Henry start tracking down the vigilante. Henry repurposed old villain tech for Punisher to use, including one of Doctor Octopus' arms and Whiplash's electric whip.
(Deadpool: Suicide Kings#2) - Henry and Punisher dressed like detectives and went to a Knockers restaurant to get intel on Deadpool. Henry found himself unable to stop staring at the waitress' breasts as they questioned her. Punisher used the repurposed tech against Deadpool, but Deadpool escaped. Henry helped track him to the home of Outlaw (Inez Temple), and Punisher soon attacked.
(Deadpool: Suicide Kings#3) - When Deadpool rushed off with Daredevil, Henry helped Punisher track them, then warned him when the police were closing in.
(Deadpool: Suicide Kings#4) - Henry kept helping to track Deadpool. When Punisher confronted Deadpool, Henry monitored Deadpool's heart rate from afar, determining he was telling the truth during Punisher's encounter. He later used facial recognition tech to help Punisher identify criminal Frank Wu, then helped Punisher track down Tombstone.
(Punisher VIII#5) - Punisher attacked more criminals using the super-villain tech, and Henry watched as he confronted Microchip, Grizzly, Mister Hyde, Razor-Fist, and the Brothers Grimm. Punisher used an alien ice gun against them. Henry helped Punisher find an escape route and methods to take down Mister Hyde, including looping death metal loudly through the Ant-Man helmet speakers. Henry watched as Punisher blew up the building on his way out.
(Punisher VIII#6 (fb) - BTS) - Henry made tech for the Punisher, using gear from the Rocket Racer and Titanium Man. He continued tracking the Hood while gathering intel on Osborn and Oscorp.
(Punisher VIII#6) - Henry kept helping Punisher, even making him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crusts cut off. As Henry gave Punisher new tech, Punisher grew annoyed when Henry lectured Punisher about not drinking and animal rights. Henry was hurt when Punisher mentioned he didn't want to know anything about Henry as it would be easier to let Henry go when he died.
(Punisher VIII#7) - Henry woke Punisher up for the next mission and clued him in on intel related to Osborn and Hood. When Henry suggested a mission that didn't involve murder, Punisher slammed Henry up against a wall angrily, and Henry screamed that Punisher should never touch him again. After Punisher left, Henry smashed up the van in a rage. Later, Punisher killed the Wraith (Brian DeWolff), who Henry reported had already been dead for years. Henry then alerted to the criminal activities of Bird-Man (Achille DiBacco), another villain reportedly dead. (They would later learn that the Hood had been resurrecting villains).
(Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways to Live#2) - Henry accompanied Punisher and Anti-Venom (Eddie Brock) in a mission to hunt down the Quintas Cartel.
(Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways to Live#3) - Henry equipped Punisher with tech from the Owl, the Green Goblin, and the Ghost. Later, Punisher returned with some wounds to tend, and Henry helped him.
(Punisher Annual III#1) - Henry helped Punisher track murderers Letha and Lascivious, who were both reportedly dead. Henry monitored the fight, creating a traffic jam by hacking cameras and remotely causing a hardware sign to fall to help end the fight. Henry took a pictures of Spidey during the fight and planned to sell them.
(Punisher VIII#9) - Megatak attacked Henry's van, knocking him out briefly, but Henry fled on the Rocket Racer's hoverboard with Blue Streak pursuing him. Henry crashed, but then he weaponized the hoverboard, managing to break Blue Streak's neck, saving his own life.
(Punisher VIII#10) - Henry returned to the van and waited until Punisher returned, then he confessed that he'd killed someone. Punisher silently threw all of Henry's things out, and Henry realized Punisher knew the truth about his father. He asked Punisher for understanding, saying he'd only wanted to change his family's legacy, but Punisher left Henry behind, driving away.
(Dark Reign: The List - Punisher#1) - Having picked up chatter online of Osborn's plans against the Punisher, Henry (on his hoverboard) contacted Punisher to warn him. Not hearing back, Henry rushed to find Punisher as H.A.M.M.E.R. closed in, but Punisher knocked Henry out and left him in a dumpster.
(Punisher VIII#11) - Henry woke up with his nose broken and found H.A.M.M.E.R. agents closing in on him, so he fled on his hoverboard.
(Franken-Castle#17 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing that with his van and base both destroyed, Henry moved back in with his mother, and he heard chatter online that Punisher was dead. A few weeks later, he woke to find Punisher standing over him with a rifle, saying he needed help.
(Punisher VIII#14 (fb) - BTS) - Punisher revealed that he'd been torn apart in a battle and stitched back together, now operating as the undead vigilante Franken-Castle. Henry met his allies Living Mummy and the Werewolf from the Legion of Monsters.
(Punisher VIII#14) - Henry helped Franken-Castle track down intel on his new enemy Robert Hellsgaard. Henry read all of the complex history of Hellsgaard out loud and helped Franken-Castle realize the villain was powered by the Bloodstone.
(Punisher VIII#15) - Henry woke up Franken-Castle when it was time to go after Hellsgaard, and he wondered why Franken-Castle was spending so much time going after this man when he was so far off his usual mission, but Franken-Castle said he needed to pay a debt. Henry provided intel for Franken-Castle as he attacked Hellsgaard and his forces.
(Punisher VIII#16 - BTS) - Franken-Castle defeated Hellsgard.
(Franken-Castle#17 (fb) - BTS) - Morbius stabilized Franken-Castle, who remained stitched together and only barely alive with the help of pills and magic, and Henry moved into the sewers to take care of Franken-Castle as he convalesced.
(Franken-Castle#17) - Getting out of bed weeks before the doctors recommended it, Franken-Castle demanded that Henry find him new work. After ranting about his frustrations with their situation, Henry threw a bed pan at Franken-Castle and demanded respect. Henry was shocked when Franken-Castle apologized and told Henry he was a good kid. Later, Franken-Castle was visiting his wife's grave when a sniper shot a member of the Shaolin Scientist Squad, who'd gone after Punisher, and Punisher remotely asked Henry to track the sniper, but not even satellites were picking her up. Henry instead connected the Shaolin Scientist Squad's attack to Lady Gorgon, who had previously tried to collect Jigsaw's bounty on the Punisher. Henry found her in Tokyo, and Punisher announced his intent to get revenge on those who had come after him.
(Dark Wolverine#88) - In Tokyo, Henry ran intel as Punisher went after Daken, the man who'd killed him. Henry grew worried about Punisher during the fight when his vitals dropped.
(Dark Wolverine#89) - As Wolverine got involved in the fight between Punisher and Daken, Henry tried messing with the comm systems of the local police to keep them away from the scene, but he didn't speak Japanese and got overwhelmed.
(Franken-Castle#21) - With Morbius helping him, Henry remotely guided Franken-Castle to Monster Island, where he could convalesce and let the Bloodstone heal him fully. Weeks later, Henry met with Morbius, Werewolf, the Living Mummy, Manphibian, and Elsa Bloodstone to discuss finding Franke. They later found the Punisher, who was restored to his human form in full health.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Punisher asked Henry to provide for the son of G.W. Bridge, so Henry hacked into one of Jigsaw's old accounts and reallocated the funds to Bridge's boy. While researching, Henry realized that Jigsaw had no death certificate.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1) - Henry helped Punisher track Microchip and the Hood, and Punisher killed hundreds of criminals in one massive explosion during his search. After Henry tracked the Hood, he received a birthday gift (a pack of rare records) and assumed they were from his mom. Henry told Punisher about Jigsaw, and told him he wanted his father dead. Just then, Sandy called, asking for Henry to help her get sober, and Henry left to help her, infuriating the Punisher, who told him not to come back. At Sandy's home, Henry saw she was sober, then found Jigsaw and Stuart Clarke there.
(Punisher: In the Blood#2) - Henry drew a gun on Jigsaw and Clarke, but Jigsaw just started talking about his plans, after ordering Sandy out of the room, and explained how they wanted revenge on Punisher, and how now Punisher was likely to think that Henry was working with his father. Jigsaw and Clarke took Henry back to their penthouse, where Henry saw Jigsaw kept a picture of Henry as a baby on the desk, and they got word that Punisher was killing dozens in his attempt to find Microchip.
(Punisher: In the Blood#3 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw put Henry up in a room, and he began tracking the Punisher's crimes, convinced Punisher was coming after him.
(Punisher: In the Blood#4 (fb) - BTS) - Henry learned that Jigsaw and Clarke were working with assassin Tanya Adrian, who was pretending to be a reanimated Maria Castle, the dead wife of the Punisher.
(Punisher: In the Blood#3) - Jigsaw brought Henry a veggie sandwich and they reviewed Punisher's recent murder spree. Soon, Punisher broke in and stormed in to Henry's office, accusing him of betrayal. Henry screamed at Punisher then activated a button that electrocuted him, knocking Punisher down. Jigsaw told Henry that he loved him.
(Punisher: In the Blood#4) - Jigsaw played catch with Henry outside, and Henry wondered what would happen to Punisher as he was reluctant to kill him. Henry watched on camera as Jigsaw locked Punisher and Microchip in the same room, and he began to realize how insane the Punisher was as he broke free and killed Microchip. Jigsaw told Henry how Punisher's family had been revived by the Hood, but Punisher had chosen to burn them alive instead of letting them live again. Feeling like his father was lying to him, Henry reached out to Punisher through the comm-unit still in his ear, helping guide him out of his cell, then watched as he was confronted by "Maria", and he revealed the truth about her to Punisher so he'd feel free to kill her. Clarke attacked Henry with a blade, slicing him a few times before threatening to kill him, but Jigsaw entered and killed Clarke instead. Jigsaw then told Henry that he'd need to carve up his face in order to be his new partner.
(Punisher: In the Blood#5) - Jigsaw was prepared to slice up Henry's face until he had memories of Henry as a boy, begging him to stop beating him. Jigsaw embraced Henry, saying he loved him, but Henry kicked him in the groin and rushed to the roof, where Punisher soon closed in on them. Jigsaw ranted to the Punisher about how Henry was his and Punisher had had his chance with his own son. Punisher and Jigsaw traded blows for a time, and Henry stopped Jigsaw from shooting Punisher once. Punisher set off a grenade that tore open the roof below them, and Henry held on for dear life, calling out to Jigsaw for help. Instead of saving Henry, Jigsaw chose to try and beat the Punisher to death, so Henry pulled himself up and attacked his father, who soon fell through the roof, letting himself go instead of giving Henry the chance to save him. Punisher got Henry to safety as the building exploded, but then he told Henry to let him go and never find him again, angry at Henry's betrayal of him. Weeks later, Henry got a job at a non-profit, helping battered women learn computer skills, while helping his mom get sober. When he finally thanked her for the records she'd sent for his birthday, she said she hadn't, and he wondered if Punisher had sent them.
Comments: Created by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena.
Somehow Henry got out of all this alive!
Profile by Chadman.
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(Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - Years ago, Jigsaw fathered a child with Sandy, and she had Henry. Jigsaw would occasionally visit Sandy and Henry over the years. Jigsaw approved Henry getting a cat.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw would often come home to Sandy, ranting about the Punisher and breaking things. One day when Sandy agreed with Jigsaw that the Punisher was terrible, Jigsaw began beating Sandy regularly, and sometimes Henry when he got in the middle, trying to protect his mother. Jigsaw came close to killing Sandy at least once. Henry grew up idolizing Punisher as the man his father hated.
(Punisher VIII#9) - On one visit to Sandy's home, Jigsaw discovered that Henry's cat had kittens. He hit Henry, then held a gun to Sandy's head, saying he would kill her if Henry didn't drown the kittens, so Henry did so.
(Franken-Castle#17 (fb) - BTS) - Henry moved back in with his mother for a time.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw returned to Sandy and manipulated her to lure Henry home. Jigsaw and his ally Stuart Clarke explained to Sandy that Henry had been aiding the Punisher.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1) - Jigsaw forced Sandy to call Henry, claiming that she was drunk and needed help. When Henry arrived, Sandy greeted him, and he found Jigsaw and Stuart Clarke inside.
(Punisher: In the Blood#2) - As Henry drew a gun on his father, Jigsaw ordered Sandy to get out of the room, and she advised Henry to be smart.
(Punisher: In the Blood#5) - After Jigsaw was apparently killed, Henry got a job at a non-profit, helping battered women learn computer skills, while helping his mom get sober. When he finally thanked her for the records she'd sent for his birthday, she said she hadn't, and he wondered if Punisher had sent them.
--Punisher VIII#9 ([Punisher VIII#9 (fb)], [Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb)], Punisher VIII#9, Franken-Caste#17, [Punisher: in the Blood#1 (fb)], 1, 2, 5
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Punisher VIII#9, p1, pan2 (Sandy)
Punisher VIII#1-4 (March-June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Deadpool: Suicide Kings#2 (July, 2009) - Mike Benson (writer), Carlo Barberi (penciler), Sandu Florea (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Deadpool: Suicide Kings#3-4 (August-September, 2009) - Mike Benson, Adam Glass (writers), Carlo Barberi (penciler), Sandu Florea (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VIII#5 (July, 2009) - July, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher VIII#6-7 (August-September, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Tan Eng Huat (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher Annual III#1 (November-December, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jason Pearson (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VIII#9-10 (November, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Tan Eng Huat (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways to Live#2 (December, 2009) - Zeb Wells (writer), Paulo Siqueira, Chad Hardin (pencilers), Amilton Santos, Jaime Mendoza (inkers), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways to Live#3 (February, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Paulo Siqueira, Marco Checchetto (pencilers), Amilton Santos (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Dark Reign: The List - Punisher#1 (December, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VIII#11 (January, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VIII#14 (April, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Dan Brereton, Tony Moore (artists), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VIII#15 (May, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Tony Moore (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Franken-Castle#17 (August, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Dark Wolverine#88 (September, 2010) - Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu (writers), Stephen Segovia, Paco Diaz (pencilers), Cam Smith, Guillermo Ortego (inkers), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Dark Wolverine#89 (October, 2010) - Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu (writers), Stephen Segovia, Paco Diaz (pencilers), Craig Yeung, Guillermo Ortego (inkers), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Franken-Castle#21 (November, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Dan Brereton (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#1-2 (January-February, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#3 (March, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Michele Bertilorenzi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#4-5 (April-May, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
First Posted: 02/08/2021
Last updated: 02/08/2021
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