Review: Kingpin #2

Kingpin #2 is titled “Messes of Men,” luckily for the reader there’s nothing messy about this issue. Thanks to the writing talent of Matthew Rosenberg, the issue starts off with a genuine NYC scene, Sarah and Orlando hanging out on his front stoop enjoying a slice. Things move on to a fancy charity party that Fisk is throwing, Sarah makes an appearance and there’s a visit from an old criminal acquaintance of Fisk’s that turns the party on its head. For this issue Rosenberg decides to show off Fisk’s more charitable side mixed with just enough of the Kingpin to keep it interesting. You see all the good things he’s doing, but the way the story is written you know that there’s always a bit of the bad guy lurking in the cut. Rosenberg brings a bit of compassion to the character where the reader feels as if they can separate the man (Fisk) , from the monster (Kingpin). You feel like it might be one big act on his part but, you have hope that he’s turned himself around.

We also get more of a peek into Sarah’s life. We meet her kids, her brutish ex hubby, and we see her scold Fisk like a child and seemingly fire herself from the writing gig before it even starts. After a covert stalking mission Sarah and the readers are treated to see a softer side of Fisk. This issue ends with Sarah getting a surprise visit from one of Kingpin’s biggest foes. Without giving too much away, because this really is an issue you should read for yourself, I can tell you first hand that it’s more than worth a read. The writing is phenomenal, the story is insightful, and there’s some great credit to be given for someone who can give one of Marvel’s greatest villains a soul.

Ben Torres line artwork is amplified by Jordan Boyd‘s dark and ominous color job, making Kingpin #2 feel like an awesome comic noir. There’s this amazing panel where Fisk is having a talk with a man who calls him a a criminal and there’s so much detail in the close up panel. All you see is the size of Fisk’s fist, the darkness of his shadow with his sinister eyes staring down the man the back of the object of his intimidating head and shoulders. Fisk’s exaggerated fist size conveys more about what’s going on in that moment than any words could and it is brilliant!

Overall, this comic is an amazing leap into the world of Kingpin. It shows that the man he was is still alive in him and, we are treated to shades of man he was before he became Kingpin. I’m not sure where this arc is going but, I’m glad to be going along on this journey with Sarah. The material is rich, the characters are engaging and the art work is the perfect baseline for the overall mood of the comic. Boyd switches up his colors from dark and gloomy to bright and airy when showing Fisk interacting with children. He literally creates a bright spot in the sea of darkness that is Sarah and Fisk’s day to day life. Torres even seems to draw Fisk differently based upon his mood and who he’s interacting with. The slightest facial or body softness is highlighted to show the reader who they’re dealin with in the particular panel you’re reading. The only thing wrong with this issue is that we have to wait until April 12th to find out what the mysterious visitor to Sarah’s apartment wants and find out where this arc is headed next.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Ben Torres Color: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review