Almost constantly being re-introduced in various iterations over the years, Moon Knight can be counted among a special group of well loved but relatively niche Marvel super heroes.  A fringe comic for a hero on the fringe of society, Moon Knight provides a darker story than most in the Marvel universe. Reimagined in the horror/mystery genre, this series pushes the violent and grotesque over the bright and idyllic so often associated with superheroes.

The Story: Marc Spector is back. Again. His back story not redone but re-emphasized, the white-suited Moon Knight hits the streets to root out killers and criminals.  Focused on crimes occurring at night, as his name would suggest, his multiple personalities and odd behavior find him slightly at odds with the cities’ law enforcement.  And while his particular brand of vigilante justice has him on a ‘capture on sight’ list, few officials are willing to do so while he’s helping them solve the cities back-alley murders.  Flush with cash from his early days of privateering, Marc Spector patrols the city in flashy cars and fancy suits as Moon Knight. Though working at night, he doesn’t work in the shadows. He want’s people to know he’s coming.

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Only having seen Moon Knight through the eyes of other superheroes or teams like Spider-Man and the Secret Avengers, what I know about his character has been formed from other characters jaded perceptions and hours on wikipedia pages. And while the comparisons between Moon Knight and a certain dark knight are inescapable, this series does well in making itself stand apart and delivering a mystery story very different from that of other night-time detectives.

Warren Ellis does incredibly detailed and riveting work as always, delving deeply into Moon Knight’s dissociative identity disorder and history of mental instability even briefly referencing events from Brian Michael Bendis’ re-launch of the series in 2011.  Revealing the source of Moon Knight’s fractured persona seems to take the series in a great leap forwards, yet instead of simply establishing norms the end of the issue leaves you with questions and opens possibilities for the rest of the series in a mysterious and slightly hair-raising way.

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The Art: by Declan Shalvey greatly compliments the story, the pace, and direction of the issue allowing more to be shown of Moon Knight’s detective side and his methodical and analytical approach to crime scenes and tracking down killers. Shalvey’s line-work is incredible, Moon Knight’s smooth and clean lines of his suit, vehicle, and signature crescent-shaped weapons standing out against the rough and grimey lines of the city and it’s underground.  The colorwork by seemingly omnipresent colorist Jordie Bellaire continues this contrast, the bright white of the protagonist’s suit starkly distinct in comparison to the dark and muddied colors of his surroundings.  I can’t wait to see if/how they incorporate some version of his old caped costume.

Not knowing a lot about the character, I’m not ashamed to say I was initially attracted by the names attached to this series. I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Warren Ellis’ and while I’ve seen little of Shalvey’s work apart from 28 Days Later and his brief stint on Northlanders, the work of his I saw in the previews for this series immediately had my attention. And Bellaire… well, I recently realized that she’s the colorist on at least half of the series that I read, so that must say something. (Editor’s Note: Jordie Bellaire is some sort of magical superhuman given the vast number of books she’s worked on in the last year. – Mike)

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You don’t have to be a fan of Moon Knight to enjoy this series. If you’re into the murder mystery/horror/occult genres, this is a great read.  Whether for the re-imagining of a hero, the writing of Warren Ellis, or the beautiful artwork, Moon Knight promises a great story and an in depth look at the motivations and psyche of killers and the mentally unstable. If you’re on the fence about picking up this title, don’t be.

Moon Knight can be purchased at your Local Comic Shop or online at Comixology.

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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