Look: The Kingpin #1
people criticize "the new Marvel" for jumping on
the bandwagon of pop culture and simply trying to flood the
market with books, but you know what? That's what the industry
has always done. That's why it's called an industry.
genre that has been doing increasingly well in comics lately
has been crime comics, which makes the ghost of E.C. proud.
For all intents and purposes, Brian Michael Bendis has shifted
Daredevil over to being a more straightforward crime comic.
(Bendis might argue that Daredevil always had its roots there
anyway.) It makes sense, since The Man Without Fear's largest
(in the importance sense) foe has been an onstensibly non-superpowered
crimelord named simply The Kingpin.
to that pop culture thing again. Right now one of our biggest
cultural touchstones is HBO's The Sopranos, with other networks
falling all over themselves trying to tap into that success.
So why shouldn't Marvel follow suit?
when they already have a character who lends himself to the
genre, a villain almost Shakespearean in his complexity and
majesty -- The Kingpin, or as he probably prefers to be known,
has big plans for him in the pages of Daredevil, but Marvel
has bigger plans. For the first time, we're going to see just
how Wilson Fisk got to the top. It promises to be a violent
spectacle, but in the hands of writer Bruce Jones, I'm also
going to bet it will be thought-provoking. It's almost too
bad we're going to see Spider-Man in the book so soon; with
Jones, we don't need the reminder of Kingpin's super-hero
plug: I recently read The Hulk: Return of the Monster trade
collection -- and it's briliiant. And no, Marvel is not providing
me with any freebies.)
this one up as a good bet to add to Second
2 Some Studios' list of comics to get non-readers into
it. If you like, um, NBC's Kingpin, you just might like Marvel's
usual, double-click the images for larger versions.
Here's a first look at a few pages from the new June-debuting
ongoing series KINGPIN, by the creative team of writer Bruce
(INCREDIBLE HULK) Jones, penciler Sean Phillips & inker
as "The SOPRANOS meets GODFATHER PART II Marvel-style",
the series follows the violent early life of Wilson Fisk -
a.k.a. the one-day Kingpin of Crime - a shrewd young man who
built his New York City organized crime empire the old-fashioned
way, one dead body at a time.
gang-wars, and alliances are built and shattered in this first
glimpse at the Kingpin's rise to power. Plus: the first encounter
of the Kingpin and Spider-Man!
Esad Ribic provided the cover image up top, for Kingpin
#1 which goes on sale 6/11 with a cover price of $2.50.