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Kingpin #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Ben Torres Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 18
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The KINGPIN has done bad things. Deplorable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that's all in the past. The Kingpin is back in the city that he loves and ready to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry, but needs to rekindle his public image. When Wilson Fisk makes disgraced journalist SARAH DEWEY an offer she can't refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. Don't miss the start of Kingpin's ongoing series, written by breakout writer MATTHEW ROSENBERG and illustrated in the heavy noir stylings of BEN TORRES, as Manhattan's criminal more

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 8, 2017

    Like the issue’s introduction states, Wilson Fisk has done horrible things, but after Kingpin #1, you may be convinced otherwise. Matthew Rosenberg, Ben Torres, and Jordan Boyd’s quietly entertaining debut sneaks up on you and quickly pulls you into Fisk’s new world, keeping you just as off balance and curious as Sarah is. Standing as a compelling mixture of crime story and tale of courtship, Kingpin #1 has the potential to be Marvel’s next dark horse blockbuster. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Feb 9, 2017

    The issue as a whole is flawless. It's a nice, well written, old school issue complete with the foul language, drug use, alcohol consumption, and danger. There were no pop colors and happy upbeat feelings, it's grimy NYC rage in readable form. The panels and backgrounds were part of the story and kept the tone of the words that were on the page perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Eric Nierstedt Feb 8, 2017

    KINGPIN #1 is a strong start, with the usual well-done power moves from a classic Marvel villain. While it may be starting in the shadow of Netflix, there's plenty of room for it to expand. Dewey is an intriguing view into this supposedly new Kingpin, and it's clear their mutual needs will keep them together for a while. How long that will be and the cost to them both is a question that should keep readers hooked for many issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Feb 13, 2017

    Kingpin #1 is a fantastic beginning to the series and one which is highly recommended. If you're a Daredevil fan or simply appreciate villains being given increasingly textured stories, then this is definitely for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Feb 9, 2017

    As the first issue of the series, it takes its time to set up the characters. If you're hoping for an action packed explosive series it's unlikely this will be for you. If you're hoping for an exploration of a classic character, getting into detailed plots of corruption and drama then this absolutely will be for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Weird Science - Columbus Comics Corner Feb 13, 2017

    Kingpin is attempting to show his emotional side and wants to share his past with entire world. Although it seems he's turned a new leaf, Kingpin is planting seeds for something big. It's still a mystery to what Kingpin is after. But it can't be good. Matthew Rosenburg provides an engaging story that'll leave you wanting to see how this all plays out for the big boss. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Feb 8, 2017

    In Kingpin #1, Matthew Rosenberg, Ben Torres, and Jordan Boyd construct a slow burn crime story from the POV of a talented, yet flawed female journalist. One day, Sarah Dewey may usurp Ben Urich for the position of favorite journalist in the Marvel Universe with her biting critiques of bootstraps narratives. But for now, she's providing a fresh perspective on the poisonous underbelly of Earth-616's New York City. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Feb 9, 2017

    Kingpin #1 offers enough intrigue to fuel a story arc, but convincing me that Wilson Fisk is someone I should be empathetic towards is going to be a real hard sell for reasons mentioned above. Rosenberg, Torres, Boyd, and Lanham definitely have their work cut out for them. They also have my attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Feb 8, 2017

    Kingpin #1 already stands head and shoulders above the previous mini-series also penned by Rosenberg, thanks to Torres' art and the introduction of a new protagonist for Fisk to play off of. Dewey's principled hesitancy is palpable, as is her growing acquiescence as the gravity of her situation sets in and the Kingpin works his magic. An out-of-character decision toward the end of the book is maybe the one stumble in this opening installment of what should be a riveting, character-driven crime drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Feb 9, 2017

    The name of the book may be Kingpin, but writer Matthew Rosenberg looks beyond this, instead choosing to focus on who Wilson Fisk is besides a crime boss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Feb 9, 2017

    Rosenberg and Torres have an opportunity to tell the story of the Kingpin everyone has wanted to hear, but has never been delivered. Well, at least in his own series. The character has always been an intriguing foil to the beloved Daredevil and he now has all the space to shine. This first issue has a lot of promise to it; there are a lot of places this story arc can go with Fisk trying to turn over a new leaf, while also keeping his place at the top. The story from Rosenberg is greatly complemented by Torress art style. If these two can continue their pace of well versed storytelling with engrossing art, this will be a tremendous book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Feb 8, 2017

    While not a perfect first issue this series does have potential to be really good. This one took me a little bit to get into, but by the end I was loving it and so excited for more. I highly recommend picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Feb 8, 2017

    Kingpin #1 feels like the perfect platform for Rosenberg and Torres in the Marvel Universe. The writer is truly able to channel some dark thoughts into a complex narrative that isn't quite as simple as the character's Civil War II mini-series. Torres gets to utilize style with unsettling psychological horror that will show readers how great of a talent he is in the first place. This Running with the Devil series is a wonderful intersection of art and style in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 11, 2017

    There's little to no action in this first issue as Rosenberg spends most of the time developing the personality of Kingpin's potential biographer, while showing a softer side of Wilson Fisk as he has multiple encounters with her throughout the issue. Overall, this first issue is a great start to what I'm hoping will be a successful and long lasting series about one of Marvel's best villains! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 13, 2017

    Interesting jumping-on point for those wishing to see into the complexities of a criminal boss in the Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 8, 2017

    If Bullseye can have his own comic, Wilson Fisk certainly deserves one, too. Fortunately, it looks like Kingpin will do the trick. This first issue offers a quiet but captivating look at a fallen villain and the woman he chooses to tell his story. It's a solid start for Marvel's latest villain-focused comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Feb 9, 2017

    Kingpin #1 sets up plenty of intrigue and creates a great deal of long-term potential. Not much of that potential is realized, but there's enough there to make the story feel engaging. This is a story that doesn't try to fit into the mold of Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, or House of Cards. It tries to be its own story. Even if that story is centered around an unapologetic crime lord, it's still a story worth telling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Feb 8, 2017

    Despite these short comings, the story still interests me; albeit just barely. I will probably pick up next months issue to see if any of this worth pursuing and I'll let you know if you should forgo this series or maybe wait for the trade paperback, because I'm not recommending you buy this issue... yet. Read Full Review

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