Frank Miller is now in full effect. These issues reintroduce The Kingpin, who is coming out of retirement to find and rescue his wife. Compare the panel above to the one below, from Spider-Man.
Frank puts Kingpin in a Speedo and it makes the dude MORE badass!
And then of course there’s Klaus Janson’s inks to add to the darker nature of this version of Kingpin.
This is the story that makes Kingpin into a force of nature. Without these issues, he’d probably still be a bit player in Spider-Man.
So let’s review. Miller has been around for a little over a year, but he’s only been the official writer of the book for about five months. In that time, he’s created Elektra, completely changed Kingpin, and established indelible side characters (or added depth to existing ones) like Turk, Josie of Josie’s Bar, Foggy Nelson, and Becky, their wheelchair-bound paralegal.
Remember when corporate comics felt risky and dangerous? This is when that was.