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Civil War II: Kingpin #4 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Return of the King
Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Hayden Sherman, Mat Lopes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
There have been very few things about Civil War II that I
have enjoyed but Kingpin has definitely been one of them. Sure, the comic had a
little bump at the beginning but since then it has been smooth sailing. Here’s
the thing though. The Kingpin series is a four-part miniseries much like the
ones that came out for Amazing Spider-Man, Gods of War, X-Men, and more. A lot
of those series all had something in common and that was that they had great lead
up and an ultimately disappointing ending. So far the pattern hasn’t been
broken and Kingpin has me excited. Considering how excited I am, I just might
be in for a rude awakening as yet another series lets me down. Perhaps though,
the series will be able to stand out from the rest. Let’s stop talking about it
and just jump right in then.
We pick up where we left off. Kinpin is bleeding out from a
chest wound that was inflicted on him by the Punisher. Fisk was able to climb
to the top of his building where S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have been waiting to bring
him in. They are able to load in into the chopper and they make haste to the
nearest medical facility. The medical staff flings into action but it seems
many of them wouldn’t mind if Fisk kicked the bucket. He is a notorious
criminal after all. This is when we turn the page to see a news reporter
stating that Wilson Fisk has died. We see reactions across the Marvel universe
from people like Matt Murdock, Punisher, and Spider-Man. However, the biggest
reaction definitely comes from Janus, the Inhuman that has been missing for the
last issue. Readers may remember that Fisk was worried that Janus betrayed him.
Janus leaves the room he was staying in and instead walks
into a room that has all of the big crime bosses inside. Now that Kingpin is
dead, the bosses are feeling a bit itchy and are starting to turn on each other
but Janus steps up and brings them all together. He claims that he doesn’t want
the mantle but someone has to become the next Kingpin. Considering Fisk was
training him, Janus says that it should be him, even though he doesn’t want it
and the rest of the bosses agree. Back at a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility we learn that
Fisk isn’t actually dead but instead an agent has been able to keep him alive
and well. He says that Fisk will either stay dead where he is now or he can
help him. Fisk agrees to his terms.
A few days later Fisk is looking a bit better but the agent
seems to be angry with him. It would appear that Wilson Fisk hasn’t given him
what he wants so Fisk gives him a new location. After he leaves, Fisk starts
seizing and a nurse rushes to help him. During the commotion Fisk is able to
grab her phone and when she rushes away to get help. He sends a text saying “Scorch
the Earth” and destroys the phone. We then cut to Turk who is in S.H.I.E.L.D.
custody when they are stopped by the agent that we met in the second issue. The
agent has been turned by Fisk and kills the two agents escorting Turk. Turk is
freed and given the information. The agent says that he is out now so Turk puts
a bullet in his head.
Time passes and it seems that Fisk’s men are cleaning house.
Back at the medical facility the agent is putting the screws on Fisk when he is
informed that all of his moles have been eliminated. The agent is upset and his
career is destroyed. He is going to kill Fisk himself now but he is stopped
when Maria Hill enters the room. She is accompanied by Fisk’s lawyer who easily
is able to secure Fisk’s release. We cut to Janus again who is raising a toast
to his new group when Fisk enters the room. Janus welcomes him with a hug
telling Fisk that he has kept everything together for him. However, Fisk doesn’t
see what he did as loyalty. Instead, he sees it as a takeover. A fight breaks
out and Fisk kills all of Janus’ men before turning his attention on Janus.
Janus makes excuses for what he did and pleads with Fisk but he grabs Janus by
the neck and breaks a nearby window. Janus reminds him that his powers let Fisk
continue his operation but Fisk doesn’t care anymore as he releases Janus’ neck
and Janus plummets down the building to certain death. This is where the issue
I think it’s safe to say that the pattern is broken. Kingpin
has risen above all others. While other series fizzled at their finale, Kingpin’s
fire raged on as we got an epic Godfather-esque finale to this miniseries. Not
only did we get a satisfying story out of the cliffhanger from the previous
issue, but we also got all the major plots tied together at the end. Kingpin is
still the man and this miniseries should have fans very excited about the
upcoming Kingpin ongoing series that is set to debut in 2017. Rosenberg just
gets this character and with him at the helm, it is hard to see this series be
anything but a success. His interpretation of Kingpin is just so intelligent
while be so perfectly and brutally violent at the same time. The bar is set
incredibly high now.
Bits and Pieces
Out of a terrible crossover event we might have gotten one
of the most entertaining Kingpin stories in a long time. This issue finishes
off this miniseries will a bang and will lead the creative team into the new
Kingpin series on a VERY high note. I cannot recommend this series enough now.