KINGPIN Corners The Market In CIVIL WAR II

Civil War II: Kingpin #1 cover art by Aaron Kuder
Civil War II: Kingpin #1 cover art by Aaron Kuder
Credit: Marvel Comics
Civil War II: Kingpin #1 variant cover art by Esad Ribic
Civil War II: Kingpin #1 variant cover art by Esad Ribic
Credit: Marvel Comics

Long-time Daredevil and Spider-Man villain Kingpin is getting a spotlight on his own in a new four-issue series launching in July as part of this summer's Civil War II. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz are working on Civil War II: Kingpin, with Wilson Fisk turning into a war profiteer during the hero vs. hero war.

"Wilson Fisk is an opportunist, first and foremost. Under his selfish motives, his brutal exterior, or even the facade he puts up as a pillar of his community, he is a man who sees ways to benefit himself and he takes them," said Rosenberg. "He's smart and very capable. When we first meet him the crime business is not an easy one to still be a part of, and he is adjusting to that. But when Fisk figures out a way to make things work for himself he has no choice. It's his nature to go for it."

Rosenberg goes on to describe Kingpin as "not just some monster" but a "very human" character.

Civil War II: Kingpin #1 cover art by Aaron Kuder
Civil War II: Kingpin #1 cover art by Aaron Kuder
Credit: Marvel Comics

"I think examining why he will go farther and do things normal people won't is fascinating. It's what makes him matter. But also, the chance to glimpse the real person underneath it all is such a great opportunity as a writer. Seeing Wilson Fisk in a different light allows you to really hold him up against heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil, and it makes all of them more relevant. He has real tragedy, and vulnerability, and pathos we can learn from, and that makes him as relevant as any hero."

While the main Civil War II title's cast is dominated with heroes, Kingpin will feature several additional villiains as hinted at in the cover to the left -- but Rosenberg is hesistant to name which ones.

"A lot of this book is about what the mice get up to when the cats are at war with each other. So it is very villain-heavy, but of course some good guys are going to be sniffing around Fisk," said the writer. "There are certain characters in the Marvel universe who aren't going to let people like Fisk runaround unchecked, even with everything else going on."

Civil War II: Kingpin is scheduled to debut in July.

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