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Civil War II: Kingpin #2 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
It’s Not Your City
Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Richardo Lopez Ortiz, Mat Lopes, Antonio Fabela
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
When it comes to these massive events that pit hero against
hero, I always have thought that one of the most interesting stories that we
got are about the villains. It happened with the original Civil War and it
continued through the half a dozen events that followed that had similar
themes. That said, this Kingpin series that we have been getting has put a bit
of a twist on things. The criminal world is under attack, especially with the
new Inhuman Ulysses around but yet, Kingpin has found a way to get around
things by having a new Inhuman work for him. Normally villains have been allowed
to run free when the heroes fight, but now the criminals are scared. How has
Kingpin continued in this new event? Let’s find out.
The issue begins with two men meeting in a diner. The two
exchange information and it becomes clear very quickly that these men are cops
and one of them is undercover and the other is his handler. After their talk,
the handler leaves and the actual criminals join him. Next thing you know, the
undercover cop and his mark are meeting with Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. Wilson
is still trying to bring most of the crime bosses under his power and he is
aware that one of the men at this meeting is an undercover cop. He even knows
which one. His men point their guns at our undercover cop and Fisk presses a
button. And out roles the handler who is tied up and on a meat hook. The
undercover cop denies knowing him but Fisk pushes another button and a woman
and child role out, also tied up and on meat hooks. These two are the
undercover cop’s family. The cop admits everything and Fisk tells him that he
works for him now. Then he turns to Janus and tells him to shoot the handler.
Janus is hesitant but eventually pulls the trigger.
Fisk then comforts Janus as he washes the blood on his
hands. He tells Janus that what they are doing will end up saving lives as they
stop a power vacuum from forming and thus, keeps people from dying. However, it’s
not so surprising that there are those that will oppose Fisk. So, Fisk ends up
beating those into submission and recruiting many to his organization. However,
in one of these moments, Fisk is being found out by Spider-Man. In order to
keep Janus’ identity a secret, Fisk flees the area but unfortunately, Janus
collapses in the escape.
Fisk is able to carry Janus to a doctor and they are able to
stabilize him. However, Janus is not quite the same after he comes to. He is in
recover but Fisk continues to teach him about the business. However, when the
time comes for Janus to rejoin him on the front lines, Janus hesitates and
tells Fisk to go on without him. However, as Fisk is leaving he turns back to
see his mansion erupt in flames and this is where the issue leaves us.
There is one thing about this issue that really impresses me
and that is the dialogue. I honestly think that there are lines of dialogue
that would fit in any amazing mob film. Some would feel right at home in
Goodefellas or The Godfather. It is that damned impressive. The art fits the book
and the tone but ultimately I think it is a little lackluster. Overall, I’m
really enjoying this series and I’m interested to see where this goes.
Bits and Pieces:
Rosenberg gives us an amazing story and incredible dialogue
as he leads us through the Marvel Universe’s villains. That said, not a whole
lot seems to be happening yet and this series is half over. The art fits the
tone of the book but overall I’m not a huge fan.