Membership: Hate-Monger, Joe, Tank, others

Purpose: Terrorism, racism, hatred

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Tatiana Arocha, G.W. Bridge, Stuart Clarke, Punisher (Frank Castle), unidentified immigrants and minorities in general

Base of Operations: A base in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA

First Appearance: Punisher War Journal II#6 (June, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: All members of the National Force militia wore suits of special armor and were armed with wrist-mounted flame throwers and high-tech guns.

They used about a variety of vehicles, including jeeps, trucks and high-tech flying vehicles of unknown origin.

Their hatred and aggression was amplified by an H-Ray generator in their base. They were possibly all racist, Neo-Nazi scumbags even before joining the National Force.


(Punisher War Journal II#9 (fb) - BTS) - Hate-Monger founded the National Force and created a costume inspired by Captain America to take back the US for white people like him.

(Punisher War Journal II#6 (fb) - BTS) - A member of the National Force made a 911 emergency call and claimed that he smuggled four Arab men across the Mexican border to the US. According to him they were talking about an attack on San Diego and had left behind a bag with passports and other things in his truck. He claimed to have sealed the bag with black tape and tossed it out at mile-marker 206. All local authorities in the area were called in to look for the bag, pulling them 30 miles away from the National Force's attack.

(Punisher War Journal II#6 (fb)) - The National Force attacked a lay-up colony in Mexico near the US border, killing everyone there with flame throwers and guns. Photojournalist Tatiana Arocha was taking pictures of the attack while in hiding. Hate-Monger noticed her and told her to keep shooting, tell the world what she had seen and that America was for Americans.

(Punisher War Journal II#6 (fb) - BTS) - The National Force's attack came to Frank Castle's attention when Stuart Clarke showed him an article in the Crónicas newspaper. Castle was angered that Hate-Monger was using a costume inspired by Captain America. Clarke didn't tell Castle that the picture on the front page was taken by his former girlfriend Tatiana Arocha.

(Punisher War Journal II#8 (fb) - BTS) - Tank and Joe went to Carla, the 911 operator, who had taken the call for the fake terrorist threat and killed her in her trailer.

   They saw a reporter visit the trailer later.

(Punisher War Journal II#7 (fb)) - Frank Castle planned to infiltrate the National Force and went to the Westerner bar somewhere in the Sonoran Desert. There he met bartender Joe and Tank, two members of the National Force. Frank introduced himself as a former Florence Supermax inmate, who was looking for a job to protect the US borders. Tank quickly realized that it would be a potential recruit for the National Force and took him to an arena to fight a bull. Frank defeated the bull in quick fashion, impressing not only Tank and Joe, but also the Hate-Monger, who had been watching as well. Hate-Monger thanked Tank for bringing Frank to his National Force.

(Punisher War Journal II#8 (fb) - BTS) - Castle planned to find out which lay-up colony the National Force was going to hit next after they picked him up at mile-marker 16.

(Punisher War Journal II#8 (fb)) - Tank and Joe visited the sheriff and asked him who the reporter was that visited Carla. After putting some pressure on the sheriff he told them that it was a photojournalist named Tatiana Arocha. They borrowed the sheriff's car to get to Tatiana by pulling her and Stuart Clarke over. They kidnapped Tatiana while Stuart drove off while they were shooting at his car.

   Meanwhile Hate-Monger and a group of National Force soldiers picked up Frank at the meeting point.

(Punisher War Journal II#9 (fb)) - Frank with a sack over his head was brought to the National Force's headquarter in the Sonoran Desert. He was surprised when it proved to be much larger on the inside because most of it was underground. Frank was shocked by the amount of manpower, arms and equipment he saw at the base. Hate-Monger then showed him the H-Ray generator further down in the complex that increased the hatred and aggression of the National Force members. He revealed that he planned to create H-Stations all over the nation to bathe the nation in their hate. Frank was influenced as well by the H-Ray generator and ended up killing the kidnapped Tatiana Arocha in front of the screaming crowd of National Force soldiers as part of his initiation. Hate-Monger welcomed Frank to the National Force.

   The National Force attacked the next lay-up colony, but Frank Castle, in his own Captain America-inspired costume, turned on them and started killing National Force members. Hate-Monger was disappointed and watched as the Punisher was overpowered and knocked out by his men. He then ordered his men to kill everyone at the lay-up colony first.

(Punisher War Journal II#7) - Hate-Monger beat up Frank Castle in his Captain America-like costume in front of National Force soldiers. He eventually had enough and ordered a shooting squad to end the Punisher, but Castle provoked him into stopping the execution by calling himself Captain America.

(Punisher War Journal II#8) - Hate-Monger vowed to strangle Castle with his own hands and gave him another beating in front of his men. After a united Heil Hitler by his men, the Hate-Monger pulled out his Luger P-08 to shoot the Punisher. Tank stopped him when he saw a sniper's red dot on Hate-Monger's chest.

(Punisher War Journal II#9) - When the first National Force soldier was shot by the sniper, Hate-Monger wasn't sure were the shot came from. Tank ordered the men to spread out and stay low to the ground. Hate-Monger quickly realized that there were two shooters while more men were taken out. With bodies around him, Hate-Monger told the shooter to come out if he wanted the Punisher. A moment later G.W. Bridge stepped out from behind a rock and told Hate-Monger that he was there to arrest Frank Castle.

(Punisher War Journal II#10) - Hate-Monger and Bridge were in a standoff when Bridge revealed that his partner (Clarke) was already at the National Force's base. Hate-Monger ordered the National Force to retreat back to the base when he saw the first explosion in the distance. Back at the base several explosions rocked the complex. Clarke found Tati's corpse and began killing every National Force member he encountered. Hate-Monger returned to base and ordered his men to put out the fires and save the H-Ray generators by any means necessary. He planned to move the generators to a new base and start anew, but Castle shot the men taking apart the generator and then attacked the Hate-Monger, who overpowered him. The generator blew up, nearly knocking out Hate-Monger. The Punisher unmasked him and shot Hate-Monger in the head. Outside many National Force members ran away and were called race traitors by Tank, who got shot dead by G.W. Bridge. Inside the complex the Punisher removed the swastika from Hate-Monger's costume and then left with Stuart Clarke, who blamed Hate-Monger for Tati's death. They left Hate-Monger's corpse in the burning building.

   S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered 72 hours of security footage from the complex backed up to a harddrive and DVD.

Comments: Created by Matt Fraction & Ariel Olivetti.

The National Force seen in Captain Marvel X#8 (October, 2016) wore the costumes of Grand Director's National Force from Captain America I#231-237, but worked with a character that looked like the Hate-Monger from the Punisher War Journal storyline. Maybe the Arizona-based Hate-Monger returned from the dead after Secret Wars III and put together another National Force, but to be honest it made absolutely no sense that they would cause trouble in a European nation.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

National Force has no known connections to:

National Force base

The National Force's headquarter looked like a normal building from the outside, but was actually a large, mostly underground complex, built into a mountainside. It housed all the vehicles, weapons, equipment and soldiers of the National Force. There were security cameras all over the complex that saved footage up to 72 hours.

On the bottom level the first of a planned series of H-Ray generators was used to amplify the hate and aggression of everyone in the building.

The complex was taken down with explosives by Stuart Clarke. S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered security footage from the destroyed complex.

--Punisher War Journal II#9 (Punisher War Journal II#9-10

H-Ray generators

The H-Ray generators were machines that generated radiation that amplified feelings of anger, aggression and hate in those nearby.

Hate-Monger planned to place H-Ray generators throughout America in cities like San Diego, Los Angeles and Chicago to bathe the nation in the National Force's hate.

Hate-Monger ordered to shut down and take apart the H-Ray generators so they could rebuild it somewhere else in a new base. While taking them apart the H-Ray generators were destroyed by the explosions inside the complex, ending Hate-Monger's plans.

--Punisher War Journal II#9 (Punisher War Journal II#9-10

flying vehicles

The National Force used rocket-powered flying vehicles of unknown origin in their attacks on lay-up colonies.

--Punisher War Journal II#6 (Punisher War Journal II#6, 9

Punisher War Journal II#8, p21, pan1 (main)
Punisher War Journal II#8, p20, pan5 (from the side)
Punisher War Journal II#6, p6, pan1 (using wrist-mounted flame thrower)
Punisher War Journal II#8, p21, pan1 (from front)
Punisher War Journal II#9, p4, pan5 (base from outside)
Punisher War Journal II#9, p6, pan1 (base from inside)
Punisher War Journal II#9, p9-10, top panel (H-Ray generator)
Punisher War Journal II#6, p5, pan1 (flying vehicles from top)
Punisher War Journal II#6, p6, pan2 (flying vehicles from the side)

Punisher War Journal II#6-10 (June-October, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)

First Posted: 05/21/2022
Last updated: 05/21/2022

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