I know it has been a while since I wrote anything but I am making a concerted effort so bare with me. With the support of some people close to me, I have the fire back to post a bunch of material in the coming weeks. The biggest hurdle that I faced was the fact that my laptop died and I do not have to a computer otherwise to use. I am borrowing a Mac but as a PC user for my whole life, there is a little adjustment. Plus, since I have been off for so long, I have forgotten a few things about website design and posting.

Over the Christmas break I wrote a few articles and polished some ideas for reoccurring titles. This is a short little series about comic titles I am reading that are worth a pick up. I will do my best to highlight but not spoil. Regardless, I think they are worth a pick up.

Back when Marvel introduced their Civil War II line, I picked up Matthew Rosenberg’s Kingpin #1. Wilson Fisk is a character that I have always found interesting. He was introduced as a Spider-man villain in Amazing Spider-man #50 and since then has been a thorn in the side of a smorgousboard of Marvel heroes. He is always calculated, uses people’s underestimation of him to his benefit, and I am impressed how he is a character that is given as much depth when he could just as easily be a crime boss that comes in and out of comics when an overarching villain is needed. I digress…

Rosenberg’s writing to this point is fast and sheds light into the train of thought of Wilson Fisk as he is trying to discover who betrayed him. Kingpin’s violence is depicted as much as for survival as it is a battle within himself with the man he wants to be and the image that the world expects of him. The issue is also well paired with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Hayden Sherman’s style of drawing. They are both able to depict very clear messages and highlight intensity of the characters actions. The one panel that stood out to me from the whole book was when The Punisher is hanging on to dear life to the knife handle embedded into Kingpin’s chest before it slips out. I got the sense of both the resiliency and strength that Kingpin is known for, and the vulnerability of what was about to happen. SHIELD coming at the end seemed over the top though on the last page. All in all, a great read

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