The fight against the “Dark Reign” begins as the duty of chronicling Frank Castle’s war journal is passed to new regular team of writer Rick Remender (End League, Fear Agent) and Jerome Opeña (Wolverine, Fear Agent).
One man with one bullet, in the right place, at the right time, can change the world. That’s why the Punisher is perched atop a building on the Jersey shore with a high-powered Skrull rifle, his crosshairs trained on a target in Midtown Manhattan. But who is his target -- and why? One thing’s for sure: They’re anything but helpless. Someone is watching their back. Someone big. Enter: The Sentry!
Frank notes that the heroes don't know how to go to war. He knows you have to get your hands dirty sometimes. As Norman Osborn is talking to a crowd of people, delivering a speech, the Punisher is four miles away with a Skrull sniper rifle. He pulls the trigger but the bullet is caught at the last second by the Sentry. Frank had prepared for eight different kinds of trouble except for that. Sentry is on him in a second. He tells Frank they can do it the easy way or hard way. Frank bolts.
Frank knows Sentry could have ended things right away so he must be holding back. He tries slowing him down to get away. Finally when it appears to be over, Frank holds up a remote. He tells Sentry that there's a bomb in the basement of a hospital and he has five seconds to get it. Having no choice, Sentry flies after it only to find it was a bluff. Returning, he finds Frank is gone.
Frank makes it to his van. Injured, he receives a message from someone claiming to be his new best friend. He tells Frank that Sentry will be on him in moments and he needs to leave. He gets instructions in which way to go. Staggering, he eventually reaches his final destination and collapses at the feet of the unknown man.