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Review: Kingpin #2

Continuing in the Marvel event, Civil War II, is Kingpin #2 released Aug. 3, 2016. Written by Matthew Rosenburg, with cover art by Aaron N. Kuder, Kingpin #2 picks up with Wilson Fisk trying to “take back his city.”

Idle Hands Are the Devil’s Play Things


Based during the events of Civil War II where the heroes are fighting over the ethics of arresting people before they commit a crime, Fisk is seeing the opportunity to return to New York and re-establish himself. And, he is doing it with the assistance of an inhuman of his own.

But some of the criminals are not happy to see the Kingpin’s return and are killing off his men. As the deaths move higher up the food chain, Fisk is not only working to save his empire but possibly his life, too.

This book has a very Godfather-like feel to it. Fisk has gathered New York’s less than savory characters and is detailing his plans (well, as much as Fisk will detail plans with anyone) to take New York. Fisk figures with the “Capes” so busy fighting each other, this is a perfect time for him.

If you’re looking for hardcore action, this isn’t the book you want. Instead, this book shows the slow, methodical way a crime boss works without all-out war. Author Matthew Rosenburg has crafted excellent dialogue to carry out this effort of Fisk.

Complimenting the writing is the art by Kuder. The only complaint I have about the artwork is the ending frame. Not wanting to get into spoilers, let me just say the depiction of a body being blown up was not up to the level of the rest of the book.

Still, this book does an excellent job of continuing to chronicle the Kingpin’s efforts in New York. It’s nice to see the other side of the coin and not just focus on the heroes.


Writer: Matthew Rosenburg
Cover Artist: Aaron N. Kuder
Cover Price: 3.99
Release Date: Aug. 3, 2016
Publisher: Marvel
Format: Print/Digital

Score 8/10

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