Author Matthew Rosenberg, Illustrations Ben Torres and Jeff Dekal
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Kingpin: Born Against is a 5 issue standalone run. Although it is only 5 issues long it packs in a lot of detailed character development and plot.
It follows Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, as he works with journalist Sarah Dewey to write his tell all memoir book.
Sarah Dewey is a journalist who has plateaued career wise and is hesitant to work with Fisk but too curious and desperate to pass on the opportunity.
I really enjoyed reading Dewey’s story. She’s an interesting character that is uncommon for Marvel comic books. She’s just a journalist, no bonus super powers, and she’s not highly successful. She’s a recovering alcoholic in the midst of a really nasty divorce and custody battle for her children. She’s a real person with real flaws and real emotions. Things do not come easily to her.
She fights with herself every day of this story, just trying to come to terms with working for someone she knows to be a criminal but isn’t experiencing the crimes firsthand. Fisk does a really good job of only showing her the good and helping her personally with everything that she needs. It makes it easy to understand how easily she can try to delude herself into thinking that working with Fisk could be safe.
By the end of the book she’s had an emotional roller coaster of events and has developed in ways that she probably never expected to. Additionally, the reader is treated to seeing the duality of Fisk and Kingpin in full detail.
He’s a terrifying villain. One who also doesn’t have any super powers. He’s just cruel, manipulative, and extremely smart. He knows what he wants and how to play anyone and everyone in order to get it. He doesn’t need super powers, he just has enough pawns and is willing to make the sacrifices.
There is a cameo from our good friend Daredevil but the book never loses focus of the subject. It’s Kingpin’s book, make no mistake. It’s refreshing to see a standalone that stays on topic and actually enhances the larger canon. It’s not a throwaway.
There are companion standalones available, ones for Bullseye and for Elektra. I am very much looking forward to reading them and hope that they will reach the bar this one has set.
I can definitely recommend Kingpin: Born Against for any Daredevil or Spiderman fans who see him come up as a bad guy over and over again but want a deeper dive into how he operates. Hell’s Kitchen is Kingpin’s domain. Born Against shows why.
4/5 Pins, Kingpins… 🎳🎳🎳🎳
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