Thursday, September 29, 2016

PC POST #320: -REVIEW- Civil War II: Kingpin #3

I have been waiting for weeks for this issue to come out, so far, the only thing interesting from Civil War II, as been the tie-ins.
Kingpin vs the Punisher. These two got such rich history in the past and i was very excited to see how this will going to be executed.

(W) Matthew Rosenberg / (A) Ricardo L. Ortiz & Hayden Sherman/
(C) Mat Lopes/ (Cover) Aaron Kuder & Frank Martin

I have been following this tie in of Kingpin and it's been really entertaining so far. Now to issue #3.
Kingpin is trying to establish his "business" in New York and he is looking for his contact "Janus", probably the only guy in the world that can set up a crime and escape from Ulysses radar of "predictive justice".

Matthew Rosenberg built a very entertaining story around Fisk. The way he introduces the Punisher inside Fisk's circle was smart and i would not have dreamed about until Frank starts shooting.

The fight and dialog among these characters is good. Specially the fight.
Rosenberg respected both characters without falling into the trap of excel Fisk over Frank because he is in his own book.
Fisk is physically superior to Frank, this is fact but Frank is a walking armory, he uses everything to put down Fisk.

The mine in Frank's chest was over the top, but it was somewhat spectacular, it's the second time we saw this in the Punisher history. First time was in Thunderbolts.

Last panels of this fight is really engaging and it was very satisfying. There was no winners or losers, but this, was the result i was expecting.

The art of Ricardo Ortiz and Hayden Sherman, was ok, nothing too fancy to me but it was pretty decent. The action was good, In one panel or two Fisk got some red eyes but it was on purpose and sometimes it look somewhat cartoonish.

Mat Lopes did a good job with the coloring and definitely helped a lot the artwork of this book. Good choice of the colors and very balanced. It was eye catchy.

Aaron Kuder just nailed the cover, artistically very well executed. That shadow below Frank's eyes remembers me Mike Zeck artwork when he draws the Punisher. Frank Martin gave extra quality to this cover and did not fail to impress. He keeps the great quality as we saw in the Punisher run.

Conclusion: It was a really good issue, specially for the Punisher appearance. Great fight and respectable writing from Matthew Rosenberg. The art could be better but it was decent in the right moments. It's very recommendable for every Punisher fan. Even if you do not follow this run, just buy this single issue.
The cover is one of the best i have seen this year. Aaron just nailed it.


Ivo Santos | @ivomgs

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