As superheroes always do, these guys fight for truth and justice, just maybe not in most conventional of methods. They fight crime, crack some skulls and stack up the bodies for their trip back to hell. Here are my top 5 picks for the deadliest superheroes.
Walter Kovacs' alter-ego, Rorschach, is a ruthless crime fighter, who believes in moral absolutism, good and evil with no shades of grey, who will punish all evil no matter the cost. Walter Kovacs is actually his disguise, preferring his mask (or true-face) instead. He’s among one of the not-so-many heroes who uses a human form as a disguise and not vice-versa. Based on the designs made by psychiatrist, Hermann Rorschach, his mask displays a constantly morphing inkblot. The mask’s black and white coloring is consistent with his sense and view of morality. He’s similar to other superheroes of justice, a driven, vengeance-fueled vigilante, except this guy “aims to kill” and boy, he kills. Coming face to face with the murderer of a little girl pretty much threw him over the edge, turning him into a ruthless crime killer. He takes no prisoners, dislocating limbs and causing third degree burns with no compromise. What he did to the little girl's murderer was not a pretty sight, but the asshole sure as hell deserved it—and man, did he get it good.
Wolverine, commonly known as Logan, is a mutant who shows no mercy to those that piss him off. Especially with his razor sharp adamantium claws. His primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process, typically referred to as his mutant healing factor, that regenerates damaged or destroyed tissues of his body far beyond the capabilities of an ordinary human. His mutant power has equipped him with an unnaturally slow aging process, so he’s traumatically forced to watch his loved ones and friends pass away as he continues to live. His heightened sense of sight, smell and hearing allows him to smell targets before they come into sight, identify shape-shifting mutants no matter what form they take, as well as, acting as a natural lie detector, as an increase in heartbeat and smell can detect untruthfulness. Can’t forget about that berserker rage. You don’t really want to be around when that happens. It's not pretty, but VERY effective.
Known as the “merc with a mouth,” Wade Winston Wilson is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. His sense of humor is what keeps us from the horrific reality of what he’s really doing to his enemies, which is dismembering and decapitating them. While he’s fun to love, he’s pretty psychotic and unstable as his brain is also affected by his regenerative healing factor. His psychosis also makes him unpredictable, which is definitely a disadvantage to his opponents. Since Deadpool is aware that he's a fictional character, he uses this knowledge to his advantage to deal with opponents or gain knowledge to which he shouldn't normally have access, such as reading past issues of his and others' comics. Deadpool knows he has a Wikipedia article and hopes his fans keep his page updated. Gotta love em'!
Joseph Dredd is a law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One in North America where he is the street judge, jury and executioner of wrong-doers. He's in a world where the law passes its own judgement and dishes out the punishment however he sees fit. In a world like this, ethics have no place. While he deals with all the crazy menaces that threaten the city and its citizens, he is also a threat to the citizens if they commit even the most minor of crimes. I almost feel sorry for the criminals and psychopaths that run rampant through the streets, as Judge Dredd’s version of the law is pretty terrifying. Armed with his “lawgiver” pistol that is capable of six types of ammunition, a daystick, a boot knife and stun or gas grenades, he obliterates the scum of the criminal underworld. As for Dredd’s face never being shown, John Wagner explains: “It sums up the facelessness of justice—justice has no soul. So it’s not necessary for readers to see Dredd’s face, and I don’t want them to.” That’s a pretty goddamn cool way to sum it up.
With a vendetta to obliterate crime in any way, shape or form, Frank Castle, is the ultimate reaper of death to evil-doers. Driven by the death of his wife and two children, he wages a one-man war against the mob that killed them and all crime in general.
As a war veteran and United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper, he definitely has the skills and experience to transform himself into the living embodiment of death and kick some evil ass. He kills to kill, and even though civilians may get in the way, he doesn’t care as long as his target is dead and gone. He’s cold, cruel, and dark, almost making him as much of a monster as the villains he fights. Criminals, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, almost never get a second chance at his hands. He is arguably an anti-hero serial killer, and many of the people he meets in the Marvel universe have said just that about him.
Martin Heidegger, German Philosopher, describes the Punisher as the following: “Since we can never hope to understand why we're here, if there's even anything to understand, the individual should choose a goal and pursue it wholeheartedly, despite the certainty of death and the meaninglessness of action. That's sure the Punisher as I conceived him: a man who knows he's going to die and who knows in the big picture his actions will count for nothing, but who pursues his course because this is what he has chosen to do.” In other words, he’s going to keep killing until either he dies or there’s no scum left in the world, and he doesn’t care who goes out first.