Ma Gnucci

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Ma Gnucci
MaGnucciPunisher.jpg
Ma Gnucci on the cover of Punisher War Zone Vol. 2, #5 (March 2009)
Art by Steve Dillon
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Punisher Vol. 5, #4 (July 2000)
Created by Garth Ennis (writer)
Steve Dillon (artist)
In-story information
Full name Isabella Carmela Magdalena Gnucci
Species Human
Place of origin Earth-616
Team affiliations Gnucci Family

Ma Gnucci (Isabella Gnucci) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is an enemy of the Punisher.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the character made her first appearance in The Punisher Vol. 5, #4 (July 2000).

Ma was mentioned and heard (through devices such as telephones and intercoms) in the first three issues of The Punisher Vol. 5, and appeared in person in Issue #4; the character was present in the eight subsequent installment of the volume, and also played a part in the events of Deadpool Vol. 1, #54-55, and Punisher War Zone Vol. 2, #1-6.

Ma received entries in Marvel Encyclopedia #5, All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #4, and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #4.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Welcome Back, Frank[edit]

When the Punisher resumes his war on crime in New York City, he announces his return by killing the three sons of Ma Gnucci, the head of the Gnucci crime family.[2] Ma responds to this by blackmailing the New York City Police Department into creating the Punisher Task Force (which, unbeknownst to Ma, is a sinecure consisting of only two people) while also having her consigliere hire three assassins to eliminate Punisher, who kills the trio of killers, as well as the consigliere.[3] The Punisher follows this up by sniping Ma's brother, Dino.[4]

While spying on Ma and her bodyguards, the Punisher is spotted, and chased into the Central Park Zoo, where he sics the captive animals on his pursuers. Ma loses her scalp and limbs to a group of polar bears, but survives.[5][6] Ten days after being mauled, Ma offers a reward of ten million dollars to anyone who can kill the Punisher.[7] This leads to one of the Punisher's neighbors tipping Ma off to the vigilante's whereabouts, which prompts Ma into sending dozens of her followers after the Punisher. The Punisher massacres the mobsters, but sustains injuries during the battle that leave him temporarily incapacitated.[8][9] With the Punisher weakened, Ma hires the Russian, a near-superhuman mercenary and assassin, to finish him off.[10][11][12]

The Punisher slays the Russian, drives to Ma's mansion, and intimidates what remains of her soldiers into surrendering by showing them the Russian's severed head.[13] The Punisher then sets Ma's mansion ablaze while she helplessly screams insults at him. As fire consumes the building, Ma throws herself out a window, and tries to attack the Punisher by gnawing on his pant leg. The Punisher punts Ma back into her blazing home, where she is immolated.[14][15]

Legacy[edit]

Peter, Ma's nephew and the last remaining Gnucci, learns that he stands to inherit Ma's fortune, but only in the event of the Punisher's death. To that end, Peter hires Deadpool to kill the Punisher; when the Punisher is falsely assumed to be dead, Peter receives his cheque, which he loses in traffic. While Peter is chasing the cheque, he realizes that he can ask the bank for a new one, and is promptly killed when a truck knocks him onto the horns of the Charging Bull.[16][17]

Ma reappears nine years after her death, claiming to have escaped from Hell with the intention of uniting all of the New York crime families against the Punisher.[18] In actuality, Ma's "resurrection" is a hoax orchestrated by the new Elite, who believes he can demoralize the Punisher by paying surgically altered quadriplegics to pose as Ma. When his plans fall apart, the Elite has all of the Ma doubles executed; he and his associates are then killed by the Punisher.[19]

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Ma Gnucci appears in the Punisher video game, voiced by Saffron Henderson. Ma hires Bushwacker to assassinate the Punisher in retaliation for the Punisher killing her sons, Eddie and Bobbie. The Punisher blasts his way into Ma's mansion, defeats Bushwacker in the library, and kills the cowering Ma.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, Dave (9 September 2008). "Ma's Home! Ennis Talks Punisher: War Zone". comicbookresources.com. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti (ed). "Welcome Back, Frank" The Punisher v5, #1 (April 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  3. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti (ed). "Badaboom, Badabing" The Punisher v5, #2 (May 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti (ed). "The Devil by the Horns" The Punisher v5, #3 (June 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada (ed). "Wild Kingdom" The Punisher v5, #4 (July 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Peter Sanderson (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. Gallery Books. p. 113. ISBN 1416531416. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada (ed). "Even Worse Things" The Punisher v5, #5 (August 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  8. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada (ed). "Spit out of Luck" The Punisher v5, #6 (September 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  9. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada (ed). "Bring Out Your Dead" The Punisher v5, #7 (October 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  10. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Joe Quesada and Nanci Dakesian (ed). "Desperate Measures" The Punisher v5, #8 (November 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  11. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Nanci Dakesian (ed). "Fяom Яussia With Love" The Punisher v5, #9 (December 2000), United States: Marvel Comics
  12. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Nanci Dakesian (ed). "Glutton for Punishment" The Punisher v5, #10 (January 2001), United States: Marvel Comics
  13. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Stuart Moore and Nanci Dakesian (ed). "Any Which Way You Can" The Punisher v5, #11 (February 2001), United States: Marvel Comics
  14. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Chris Sotomayer (col), Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Stuart Moore and Nanci Dakesian (ed). "Go Frank Go" The Punisher v5, #12 (March 2001), United States: Marvel Comics
  15. ^ Robert G. Weiner (2008). Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications: An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works. McFarland & Company. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-7864-2500-6. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  16. ^ Buddy Scalera and Jimmy Palmiotti (w), Georges Jeanty (p), Jon Holdredge (i), Tom Chu (col), Dave Sharpe (let), Mike Marts (ed). "End of the Road, Part 1" Deadpool v2, #54 (July 2001), United States: Marvel Comics
  17. ^ Buddy Scalera and Jimmy Palmiotti (w), Georges Jeanty (p), Jon Holdredge (i), Tom Chu (col), Dave Sharpe (let), Mike Marts (ed). "End of the Road, Part: 2" Deadpool v2, #55 (August 2001), United States: Marvel Comics
  18. ^ Staci Strobl and Nickie D. Phillips (2013). Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice, and the American Way. New York University Press. pp. 158–159. ISBN 9780814767870. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Garth Ennis (w), Steve Dillon (p), Steve Dillon (i), Matt Hollingsworth (col), VC's Cory Petit (let), Axel Alonso (ed). "The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci" Punisher War Zone v2, #1-6 (February 2009 - March 2009), United States: Marvel Comics
  20. ^ Volition (16 January 2005). The Punisher. PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Microsoft Windows. THQ. 

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