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"I am talking about an army, not a gang! I am talking about a brotherhood. I am talking about not taking any more shit! From anyone!"
Jigsaw[src]

Jigsaw's Campaign was a series of events in which Billy Russo returned to the criminal lifestyle after coming into conflict with the Punisher.

Background

Painful Recovery

"We've been using the metaphor that Billy's injuries turned his memories and identity into a jigsaw puzzle. I'm here to help him solve it."
Krista Dumont to Dinah Madani[src]
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Billy Russo being disfigured by the Punisher

Following the Duel at the Central Park Carousel, Russo was left with multiple facial scars, as well as brain damage from the Punisher's brutal beating. Surviving the beating, Russo was then arrested and taken to Sacred Saints Hospital, Russo was then put into surgery and underwent eleven hours of work, seemingly saving his life. However, Russo went into a coma due to all of the trauma he had sustained from the fight, with the doctors unsure if he would ever regain consciousness again or if he would regain any higher level of brain function or any memory of his past life what so ever.[1]

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Billy Russo having therapy with Krista Dumont

Russo woke up from a coma, but his brain was heavily damaged as he could not remember several years of his life and suffering from nightmares. Krista Dumont was assigned to oversee Russo's treat, as she tried to stabilize his mental condition. However, Russo's memory was disbanded and Dumont described it as parts of the jigsaw that Russo need to put it together. Dinah Madani visited Russo several times, still thinking that Russo was lying about memory loss.[2]

Escape from Sacred Saints Hospital

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Billy Russo blames Krista Dumont for failing

"Why didn't you scream? Why didn't you say something?"
"I don't want you to get hurt. Billy, you're not ready to be on your own. Okay? You can trust me. It's not too late to put this right. We can do that, you and I."
"There's no putting this right."
Billy Russo and Krista Dumont[src]

During their therapy, Russo discussed with Dumont about his nightmares that force him not to sleep. However, Russo furiously blaming Dumont because she was unable to help him. Thinking that Russo could attack her, New York City Department of Correction officers entered the room, but Dumont said to him not to interfere. Russo would keep blaming her and the officers would attempt to grab him only to be brutally beaten by Russo who then did the same with his partner.

Russo forced Dumont to escort him out of the hospital, But correction officers and NYPD were informed about Russo's escape and rushed to his room, however, he already avoided them. Outside of the hospital, Russo asked Dumont why she did not ask anyone for help. Dumont answered that she did not want Russo hurt and said that he still can get better, asking him to return. However, Russo refused Dumont's help, returning her his mask and running away.[3]

Assassination of Arthur Walsh

"Remember when you come after me with that stick? Why the hell are you here? Whatever happened in your life ain't my fault. You can't escape your nature, kid."
Arthur Walsh to Billy Russo[src]

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Chase of Jimbo's Car

"Now, you need to get out of town. You hear me? Change those plates and drive to Texas. Because if they don't get you on those plates, they'll get you on the VIN if you stay in New York."
"You got it. Thanks, guys. I mean it. Thanks."
Billy Russo and Jimbo[src]
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Campaign

Training for the Robbery

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Robbery of the ReadyQuick Check Cashing

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Jigsaw and Bobby stick up the bank together

"There's not one person in this place who believes that that door is on a timer. So trust me, when I tell you that today is not the day to do this. So give some thought to why you wanna see tomorrow, and open the damn door."
Jigsaw to Lillian[src]

Jigsaw, alongside Bobby and Mike, would enter the bank and hold two civilians in line at the counter hostage. Jigsaw would negotiate with Lillian, who was the bank's manager, only for Lillian to refuse to grant them access to the safes, and even to bluff with Jigsaw and the robbers, claiming that the door was set on a timer and could not be opened even if she wanted to, which Jigsaw and the others robbers did not believe.

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Jigsaw attempting to intimidate the staffing

Jigsaw, who was getting increasingly impatient with Lillian, had then attempted to spook her by pulling out a grenade. Despite this, Lillian would still not open the door and even mocked the robbers, much to his annoyance. However, Anton Reed who was secretly working with Jigsaw's Crew, pushed past Lillian and pressed the button to open the door, allowing Jigsaw and their crew to enter and proceed to rob the bank. While Bobby and Mike took the cash, Jigsaw tied up Lillian and the other employees, before taking Reed as the hostage as they took the cash and made their escape to their getaway cars.[4]

Confronted by the Punisher

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Jigsaw being stunned by the Punisher's arrival

"Did you do this to me, Frank? I said, did you do this to me?!"
"You're goddamn right I did!"
Jigsaw and Punisher[src]

However, before Jigsaw and his crew could make swift their escape from ReadyQuick Check Cashing, they had then noticed that Jake Nelson had seemingly returned, while Jigsaw simply ordered Nelson to leave immediately. However, it was then revealed that this was, in fact, the Punisher in disguise, which had caused Jigsaw to freeze on the spot out of fear at seeing the Punisher wearing the Skull Vest from his nightmares. As the Punisher had shot and killed Mike and Geno, Jigsaw was grabbed by his crew who drove away and the Punisher chased them.[4]

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Jigsaw questions the Punisher's past actions

Upon regaining his senses, Jigsaw would decide that he wanted to gain his own revenge on the Punisher for disfiguring his face, as he furiously demanded that José stop the car, which he did. Jigsaw had then armed himself with a machine gun and wait for the Punisher to come round the corner as he shot at him. Confused and enraged at why the Punisher would have betrayed him, Jigsaw then demanded answers from the Punisher to confirm all his suspicions that he was responsible for all the scarring on his face. When the Punisher would admit he had disfigured him, Jigsaw would unleash a fury of gun fire in the Punisher, going against the urges of his robber comrades.

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Jigsaw attempting to shoot at the Punisher

Jigsaw and the Punisher are then joined by the New York City Police Department, lead by Brett Mahoney, which caused Jigsaw to fail to kill the Punisher, as he was prompted him to escape with the rest of his crew, as he was not willing to be arrested. Upon getting back to the Hideout, Jigsaw was blamed by Bobby and Anton Reed for not preparing them against his interference, as they were annoyed that the Punisher had shown up in the middle of the robbery. Annoyed by this disrespect, Jigsaw would swiftly kill them both, installing fear in the rest of the crew while taking the stolen money for himself.[5]

Raid of the Lower East Side Housing Project

"Police say four people are dead and three wounded in a gang-related gun battle that broke out in a Lower East Side housing project. Some are calling it the major salvo in a gang war, one of three such raids in the last 24 hours."
―Reporter[src]

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Infiltration into Dinah Madani's Apartment

"Why are you here?"
"Answers."
Dinah Madani and Jigsaw[src]

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Manipulating Dinah Madani

"They pulled you into their war, but that doesn't mean you have to participate, or choose sides. I'm sorry if this is blunt, but how is Castle any different from Billy? If we're not judged by the things we do, then how are we judged?"
Krista Dumont to Dinah Madani[src]
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Ambush at the Valhalla

"It would be easy to kill him. But I want more than that. I have more than that planned for this man. I need him to understand! But I need you. I need all of you with me to deliver it."
Jigsaw to his crew[src]
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Crew Breaks Up

"Look, I get it. Okay? I do. But killing Frank Castle that won't bring them back. And now, you all have something to lose."
"You're gonna let Castle slide? That's bullshit."
"A lot of people died because of Frank. And that's... well, that's on me. But I won't let another one of you die or spend your life in a cage because of him."
Jigsaw and José[src]

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Attack on Dinah Madani

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Krista Dumont being thrown out her window

"Bitch! You had to make it about her!"
Jigsaw to Dinah Madani[src]

Through Dinah Madani investigation into Jigsaw, she had been able to realize that she had been manipulated by Krista Dumont, as she finally discovered Jigsaw's Journal hidden in her apartment, after Jigsaw had stolen it, which proved that Dumont had been secretly protecting Jigsaw throughout the campaign. She led to a furious fight between Madani and Dumont, which finally ended when Madani was able to throw Dumont out of the window, causing her body to be seriously damaged upon impact.

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Jigsaw and Dinah Madani collapse together

Once he had returned to Dumont's Apartment in order for them both to leave New York City, Jigsaw was horrified to find Dumont's broken body lying on the street. Seeing Madani in the apartment, he rushed in the apartment to get his revenge, having realized that Madani had thrown Dumont out of the window. Enraged and seeking vengeance, Jigsaw assaulted Madani, furiously shooting at her, although she managed to avoid the shots and shot Jigsaw twice in the stomach. Madani managed to one more bullet into Jigsaw's shoulder, before being chocked out, as Jigsaw then finally collapsed beside her.

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Jigsaw ordering Charles to remove the bullets

Upon regaining consciousness, Jigsaw would leave their apartment, bleeding heavily from his multiple gunshot wounds as he sought the medical aid of Charles. Threatening him with a gun, Jigsaw had then forced Charles to remove these bullets and patch him up, despite the fact that Charles was not qualified, with Jigsaw insisting that he not be given any pain medication so he could stay awake. Terrified for his life, Charles removed one bullet from him before Jigsaw had lost his consciousness due to all that agony. Believing Jigsaw had just died, Charles took all of his money and had left him in the dumpster.[6]

Assassination of Billy Russo

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Jigsaw calling up Curtis Hoyle for some help

"Of course, it's you. I should have known. If I'm gonna be with somebody, I'm... I'm happy that it's you. Frank... whatever I've done, I'm s–"
Jigsaw to Punisher[src]

Having survived the operation, Jigsaw had managed to find his way back to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church to rest. Knowing that he was dying, Jigsaw then called Curtis Hoyle. Suffering from blood loss, Jigsaw had informed Hoyle that he was dying and asked him to come. Understanding Hoyle's answer from his silence, Jigsaw had then asked him to not call the New York City Police Department, which Hoyle reluctantly promised to do. Jigsaw had then stated that he knew that he did not deserve any forgiveness from Hoyle but had wanted him to understand that he simply did not want to die alone.

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Jigsaw gets shot and killed by the Punisher

While he remained bleeding out on the floor of the church, Jigsaw eventually heard somebody coming, as he called out to Hoyle who he assumed had come to be by his side. However, Jigsaw was met by the Punisher. Surprised about not seeing Hoyle, Jigsaw began to talk to the Punisher while he remained silent, commenting on how he did not look good following his fight with John Pilgrim. Being happy to share his last moments with the Punisher, Jigsaw then attempted to apologize for all he did to him. The Punisher had ignored Jigsaw's apology and shot him twice in his chest, before walking away.[6]

Aftermath

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Billy Russo's bloody corpse being discovered

"Madani, did you finish the job?"
"I'm flattered, really. But you know what? Yeah, maybe maybe I did. Maybe I put five bullets in him instead of three. And then that's the end of the story. Case closed."
Brett Mahoney and Dinah Madani[src]

Shortly after, Curtis Hoyle called Brett Mahoney and Dinah Madani to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and found Billy Russo's body without any signs of the murderer. Mahoney decided to preserve the crime scene but Hoyle stated that it must be clear to him that Russo died from blood loss. However, Mahoney noted that five bullet holes in Russo's body instead of three, wondering who killed him before he arrived.

Asking if Madani had been the one to kill Russo, Mahoney was given the answer by Madani who then admitted she didn't shot Russo and Mahoney could close the case with that story. Mahoney then asked if both of Madani and Hoyle had heard about Frank Castle, however, they only answered with a resounding question of his identity, much to Mahoney's annoyance.[6]

References

Wars and Conflicts in Earth History
Kree-Skrull War (995 A.D. - 1995) • Asgard-Jotunheim War (965 A.D. - 2010) • World War II (1939 - 1945) • Johann Fennhoff's Campaign (1946) • Cold War (1947 - 1991) • Chase of Bruce Banner (2005 - 2010) • Chitauri Invasion (2012) • Aldrich Killian's War (2012) • Second Dark Elf Conflict (2013) • Centipede Investigation (2013 - 2014) • HYDRA Uprising (2014) • Quest for the Orb (2014) • Ego's Expansion (Pre-1 A.D. - 2014) • War on HYDRA (2014 - 2015) • Operation Cerberus (2014) • Search for the Kree City (2015) • S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War (2014 - 2015) • Ultron Offensive (2015) • War Against the Inhumans (2015) • Chase of Luke Cage (2015) • Inhuman Outbreak (2015 - 2016) • Grant Ward's Campaign (2015 - 2016) • Frank Castle's War (2015-2016) • War for New York (2016) • Hive's Campaign (2016) • Avengers Civil War (2016) • Erik Killmonger's Campaign (2016) • Adrian Toomes' Campaign (2012 - 2016) • Rawlins Conspiracy (2015-2016) • Chase of Quake (2016-2017) • Attack on the Sanctums (2017) • Terror in New Orleans (2017) • Aida's Uprising (2017) • War for Harlem (2017) • Triad War (2017) • Kingpin's Conspiracy (2017) • War Against PRIDE (2017 - 2018) • War Against Jonah (2018) • Morgan le Fay's Campaign (2018) • Schultz Conspiracy (2018) • Jigsaw's Campaign (2018) • Trish Walker's Vigilante Campaign (2018) • Infinity War (2018) • War Against the Chronicoms (2018-2019) • Sarge's Campaign (2019) • Izel's Campaign (2019) • Ronin's Campaign (2023) • Time Heist (2023) • Mafia Cold War (2024) • Quentin Beck's Campaign (2024)
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