Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Ben Torres
Color Artist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Matthew Rosenberg is a very, very good writer. Let’s get that out of the way right now in the beginning of this chat. This story flowed so smoothly I was almost surprised when I got to the last page of the book. This was more of a an introduction story, and NOT of the Kingpin It held my attention more than a story with 30 heroes in it that I read about 2 weeks ago(looking at you “Monster Unleashed”).There is something to be said for a “slow burn” in telling a good story.
Most comic readers have known for years that the Kingpin is a very complex character. The Netflix series “Daredevil” just added to that complexity with the brilliant acting of Vincent D’onofrio.From doting lover one minute, to violent sociopath the next, there is a lot of ground to cover…..and this book has started to do that really well.
I liked the art of Ben Torres also. It had kind of “noir” feel to it and the great use of shadows helped to give it a grittier feeling, and much more of a street feel even though the setting was anything but. The colors were kept darker which help set the slower paced tone of the story.
I’m putting this title on my pull list next week. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this issue exceeded expectations. Did I mention Matthew Rosenberg is an awesome writer?