World Comic Book Review

3rd December 2023

Kingpin #1-2 (Review)

Kingpin #1-2
Marvel Comics, Feb-March, 2017
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg

“Kingpin” is a new comic book miniseries from American publisher Marvel Comics focusing on the character Wilson Fisk. Fisk is a hulking, bald crime boss frequently used as the main antagonist for Marvel superheroes Daredevil and Spider-Man. Kingpin very recently gained mainstream attention outside of comic books due to the successful “Daredevil” Netflix television series, with actor Vincent D’Onofrio playing a more grounded and sympathetic (yet still clearly iniquitous) version of the villain.

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Always Bet on Red: Elektra #1 (Review)

Elektra #1
Marvel Comics, February, 2017
Writer: Matt Owens

“Elektra” #1 is a new comic book series from American comic book publisher Marvel Comics. The series revolves around the Greek female ninja assassin known by her first name, Elektra, who is an on-again, off-again ally/romantic interest and enemy of Marvel Comics’ blind acrobatic superhero Daredevil. Both of these characters have appeared in their own motion pictures and so have a degree of fame outside of the American comic book readership.

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Civil War II – The Accused #1 (review)

Civil War II – The Accused #1
Marvel Comics
August 10, 2016
Writer: Marc Guggenheim

“The Accused” is a standalone tie-in to American publisher Marvel Comic’s annual crossover event, this year entitled “Civil War II”. This cross-promotional publication event is, in essence, a marketing ploy to encourage readers of Marvel Comics to buy additional titles, as a consequence of being introduced to those characters through the tie-in.

In this event, Marvel Comics’ major characters are being divided over what to do with a new character that has the ability to predict the future. One side chooses to exploit the character’s gift by being proactive (apprehending criminals before crime is committed). The other side considers a reactive approach to be more ethical. Marvel Comics has actively explored the consequences of time travel in recent years, in both “The Avengers” and the “Uncanny X-men” titles, and in many ways this concept is an extension of considering the Butterfly Effect upon its continuity.

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