A likely story, right?
No one can escape their reputation. Michael Corleone famously reminded us of that fact in The Godfather Part III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
Al Pacino is all kinds of awesome.
And Wilson Fisk, the “Kingpin” of crime in the Marvel Universe, is all kids of bad.
Can the arch-enemy of Daredevil (not to mention Spider-Man and the Punisher), go good? Can he change his disposition? Does he want to? Will the world let him?
A new series, appropriately titled Kingpin, aims to answer those questions, beginning with the first issue, out today!
Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated By: Ben Torres
Published by: Marvel Comics
This isn’t the first time that the Kingpin has been in his own monthly series, but it is the first time that the all-time baddie has seen the light and put himself in a position of “benevolent influence”.
That’s right. “Benevolent influence” is in quotes. Let’s face it: it has to be.
Since his creation in 1957 and his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #50, Wilson Fisk, the astonishingly heavy-set, yet dangerously agile, combatant of many Marvel Universe superheroes, has had a hand in all things bad. The “Kingpin” has run his syndicate of crime, in all its guises, from his regular base of operations in New York City, butting heads with Matt Murdock, Daredevil, early and often. Fisk has become a staple baddie in so many Marvel comics, and his appearances evoke both interest and dread in readers.
With Kingpin #1, Wilson Fisk attempts to reshape his dark and damaged image to one of a law-faring citizen of New York – and a captain of industry. But the circle of partners around him, the only ones he has ever known, is full of deplorables who don’t see things the same way as Fisk.
And the Kingpin has only ever seen things his own way.
Under the watchful eye of Daredevil, and with characters like Elektra and Bullseye (and probably the Punisher at some point in the near future) looming, can the Kingpin of crime shake his own nature?
Does he even want to?
Kingpin, written by rising star Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank) and illustrated in dark and evocative noir stylings by Ben Torres aims to shed (a-hem) light on the many shades of Wilson Fisk’s character, now and for tomorrow. Change is a difficult thing. Wilson Fisk, I think, is going to discover exactly how difficult a thing it is. And for readers, that is going to be a fascinating endeavour.
Make the Wednesday Run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Kingpin #1!