Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those times.
Warning: Minor Spoilers.
“Is – is it true what she said? Is this all in my head? Are you all in my head?” – Marc
Dammit Marvel. I’m sat here, I’m supposed to be saving for a wedding and cutting back on costs here and there and you keep getting me hooked on these £3 an issue comics. That isn’t cheap and you know it. And you know what the worst part is? I really enjoy them. Especially when, even with your literal 1,000s of super heroes you manage to give me a story which feels fresh and different.
So, yeah, Moon Knight (written by Jeff Lemire, art by Greg Smallwood, colour art by Jordie Bellaire, lettering by VC’s Cory Petit). I picked this one up before because I’d heard that the character was very interesting, supposedly a Marvel counterpart to Nightwing? So far this has not proved to be true at all, it hasn’t proved to be anything like I expected, and that’s a very good thing.
This is the story of Marc Spector, a mercenary who died in Egypt under a statue of the god Khonshu. Marc returned from the dead as Khonshu’s aspect to fight crime for his own redemption…. Maybe?
The thing is, Marc kind of lost it and went insane. This whole Moon Knight thing may well only exist in his head.
This in itself was more than enough to get me interested. This comic was off to a great first impression. Then I looked at the first page. The artwork in this comic is outstanding. The first scene we’re given is a memory? Hallucination? Dream sequence? Where Marc died and gets his powers. You’ll notice I mentioned a lot of people who were involved early, and that’s because they all deserve credit. Smallwood and Bellaire’s art is very sketchy for lack of a better term which makes the whole thing feel surreal and look grainy, like and old fashioned not properly tuned TV. It really suits the tone perfectly. As well as Cory Petit’s lettering, especially when Khonshu is speaking to Marc (in or out of the panel) stands out. Art team, well done on this one, really. I should probably describe the art in the rest of the comic as well.
As soon as the sequence ends we find Marc, dress in white on the floor, two nurses come in, and beat the hell out of him. By contrast, where the art at the start, while sketchy was colourful, here everyone’s shaded grey (it is night time) and any light is a sickly yellow.
And yeah, Marc is in an institution, one with nursing staff who do not treat their patients well. When Marc recovers he’s on a table undergoing shock treatment. Things are in full colour now.
We learn that Marc has been a resident here since he was a child, with Moon Knight apparently in his head, and he’s suffered a relapse. Which he does, in a big way. It seems he literally sees the world in a new way as Moon Knight (even if the outfit is just some bed sheets…) and he is given his calling and his opponent to beat. Maybe? It still could all just be in his head. He’s not even sure if the other patients are actually patients or people he knows as Moon Knight, which gives us new mini-flashbacks.
Marvel – Shut up and take my money!
Final Score – 9 Hallucinations out of 10!