Comic Book Review: Moon Knight #1

– by Jeremy Scully
Moon Knight #1

STORY BY

Jeff Lemire

ART BY

Greg Smallwood

COLORS BY

Jordie Bellaire

LETTERS BY

VC - Cory Petit

COVER BY

Greg Smallwoo, John Tyler Christopher, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Marco Rudy , Christopher Stevens

PUBLISHER

Marvel Comics

COVER PRICE:

$3.99

RELEASE DATE

Apr 13th, 2016

Synopsis:

Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years... or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime's worth of medical records, his whole identity/identities are called into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector?

Review:

Jeff Lemire is a master at telling stories that are just…well weird. His work on Sweet Tooth and Animal Man was simply amazing. Now he gets to tackle Marvel’s resident nutjob vigilante-MoonKnight. While every writer has used the split personality disorder in varying ways, Lemire does a really interesting turn this time with suggesting… Marc Spector is actually crazy. It’s an interesting concept and depending how this story unfolds, I could see myself enjoying it either way (that Marc Spector was never Moonknight and he’s a nut job in the Insane Asylum or somehow this is all being manipulated by the Egyptian god Seth). We don’t delve much into the history of Moon Knight as this mostly focused on the current state of Marc Spector as an inmate in what appears to be insane asylum. The big question being, is any of this real? What further helps keep the story interesting is the art by Greg Smallwood. His style along with colorist Jordie Bellaire give the book an almost retro feel, something someone might find in the Sienkiewicz’s days. The art team really creates an atmosphere that the reader can immerse himself into and get carried away in the mystery of just how crazy is Marc Spector. While I still miss the Mr. Knight story from Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Jeff Lemire and his team have crafted a new tantalizing story here that is an excellent start for this series!

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  • The Hey!: Interesting premise, and not bogged down by continuity this Moon Knight shows a lot of potential in Jeff Lemire’s hands.
  • The Eh: While the concept is really cool and executed well here, I do wonder if this story can last past the scheduled five issues so far.
  • The What?: Our first meeting between Marc and Khonshu is exceptionally done, and I hope to see more truly fantastic moments like this.
  • Who should read this series?: Fans of MoonKnight and definitely fans of Jeff Lemire. Greg Smallwood’s art also can bring in any fans who enjoy a good mystery and well crazy superheroes.
  • Why should you buy this book?: As stated, Smallwood and Bellaire really bring it, and it only elevates Lemire’s superb work.

Score : A

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