Marvel Comics 2021
Written by Jed MacKay
Illustrated by Alessandro Cappuccio
Coloured by Rachelle Rosenberg
VC’s Cory Petit
I AM MOON KNIGHT!
The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, his people petitioning for protection from the weird and horrible. The Moon Knight stalks the rooftops and alleys marked with his crescent moon tag, bringing violence to any who would harm his people. Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while Khonshu languishes in a prison that Moon Knight put him in, Moon Knight must still observe his duty: protecting those who travel at night. Let it be known – Moon Knight will keep the faith.
I have been anxiously awaiting this series. I don’t know why Moon Knight is such a hard sell or why his series never seem to last long but I’m hoping that this time things will be different and if the story continues on like this then I’ll beg and I’ll pray. Here’s what I love, that everything that has happened over the course of all his series are still cannon and in play here. From growing a conscious to being taken over by Khonshu and trying to take over the world, not to mention being batshit crazy it is all here.
I love the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is exquisitely rendered. The character development we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter do a magnificent job in fleshing these characters out. The pacing is sensational and as it takes us through the pages setting the stage for this series it manages to generate all kinds of electricity and excitement within the reader.
The way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story emerge and grow is rendered exceptionally well. The layers set up the series, introduce the characters and begin to show us the new mission statement that he’s undertaken while Khonshu is off in some Asgardian prison. All these aspect add this depth, dimension and complexity to the story in such perfect ways. The way we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is perfectly achieved.
The one thing I was worried about was the quality of the interiors for this one. Marvel has a habit of ruining titles with the wrong artists on the wrong books and while Alessandro wouldn’t have been my first choice he does a pretty marvellous job on the book. The linework is great and how we see the varying weights being utilised to create the detail work is nicely rendered. I love the way he looks in the suit though I wish his costume were a bit tighter, cleaner if you will. The creativity and imagination we see is sensational and there are moments like seeing him dead at the feet of the statue that stands out beautifully. The way that we see backgrounds enhances the moments, so I’d like see more of them, and how they work within the composition of the panels bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is well done. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a strong, talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is interesting and I like the darker muted palate that we see at night versus the glowing white that is his suit and costume. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and colour work is beautifully rendered.
Some hits, some misses so it’s a very solid book. I’m going to be honest I was hoping this would rock my world right off the bat but instead it has this whole kind slow burn effect happening. We see his new life, his new obsession and new members of his supporting cast being introduced. It’s a lot of little things that are crammed into this story and it’s evened out by his visits with his shrink and I think that Jed really manages to get us to care and become engaged and invested in this book already. It’s extremely well written with dynamic characterisation and some incredibly solid interiors will hopefully mark his most successful series yet.