Wilson Fisk made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967). The Kingpin later made enemies of The Punisher and Hell’s Kitchen’s own Daredevil. Kingpin is classically depicted as a cold-blooded crime lord who uses his wealth and law enforcement connections to remain untouchable.
Kingpin #1 presents Wilson Fisk as a repentant gentle giant who is seeking to have his story told in an attempt to reinvent his image. Fisk seeks out disgraced journalist Sarah Dewey to write his book and spends the entire chapter trying to cajole her into taking the job. There are a couple red flags that pop up here and there. But if Fisk is working an angle, he never breaks kayfabe.
Dewey’s resistance to Fisk is palpable, but she really doesn’t have any options. The former Pulitzer Prize winner has been reduced to covering local boxing matches in seedy gyms. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Fisk’s charm is disarming. It would appear that Kingpin has chosen wisely as Dewey’s resolve begins to shake.
A Spiraling Saga of Crime and Betrayal Begins Anew
Matthew Rosenberg, who also wrote the Civil War II Kingpin tie-in, takes a fresh look at the classic villain. Narrative exposition isn’t really necessary in a book that centers on such an established heel. This script falls right in line with what the reader already knows and then takes a new direction.
Ben Torres’ art uses heavy lines and deep shadows to give a noir impression to the work. Torres’ use of facial expressions is especially effective on the big man. Kingpin’s nonverbal cues can easily be read as either affable and aloof or menacing and dangerous.
Readers who are already familiar with Wilson Fisk from the Spider-Man series, Daredevil and Punisher will enjoy Kingpin. This title also works as a brilliant jumping on point for fans of noir and crime procedurals. While the character is familiar, Kingpin is a brand new series. No foreknowledge is necessary to pick up this book and dive in.
HAS WILSON FISK REALLY CHANGED? PRE-ORDER KINGPIN #2 AND FIND OUT