Guest Author - Eugene Bradford
Moon Knight is good. You should be reading it. Really, thatís all I should say, but that wonít do anything for you. This is an awesome series. I love Moony and have been enjoying this series. Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev have been handling our mentally troubled hero with style. Visually assisting them are Matt Hollingsworth, on colors, and VCís Cory Petit handling the lettering.
There are two specific aspects of this title that I absolutely love and those are Marcís personality issues and his interaction with Echo. And those arenít always separate as shown by Bendis having ďSpider-ManĒ direct Marc to kiss Echo during a conversation. There are quite a few characters with distinct personalities, especially of the crazier variety, that I gravitate to and Moon Knight is one of them. There are a few panels early in the book within which Marc has a ďmeeting.Ē Keep reading and youíll figure out why I put quotes around those two.
If you donít have any knowledge of this series, hereís a little background just to catch you up. Youíve no doubt heard many comic readers comment on how many heroes work in New York, right? Sure you have. So being the rebel that he is, Marc Spector set up shop in Los Angeles. His civilian guise keeps busy as the creator and producer of the television show ďLegends of the Khonshu.Ē
His personality issues are well documented, and recently his split personalities took the forms of the fellow heroes and Avengers Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Since his westward move, he came across the body of Ultron, which was being delivered to the L.A. kingpin of crime, who was revealed in the previous issue to be Count Nefaria. Tagging along are Buck, an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, who works on Marcís tech. Moony has also been teamed up with Echo, the former Avenger who went by the name Ronin. And their working relationship is developing into much more. Now that youíre caught up, letís get back to this issue.
Moon Knight, Echo, and Buck have been making plays on Count Nefariaís operation by catching one of his higher ups, Snapdragon, and capturing video evidence of him acquiring illegal tech. Moony and Echo also hit one of his bases, about which little detail was revealed. Whatís shown in the panels makes it out to be a drug lab. They break through the window and kick a little butt. Baddies are hit with elbows and feet a plenty. We see some nice panel-by-panel shots of Echo throwing a match and burning up stacks of money. This is probably one of the only times money being burned looks good. The final page sets up what should be an awesome issue #9.
Examining the visuals, the three heroes within Marc are shown in lighter shades of color to distinguish between them, and you know, the real world. Itís a nice visual touch by Maleev who has a style I like to define as gritty, which fits a Moon Knight book quite well. I should say Iím not the biggest Maleev fan, but I like his style to a point. It does fit certain books, but there are times when I just donít care for it. Thatís not a knock against him, his style, or the book; itís just my preference at times. I do have one question, what happened to the hand mark on Echoís face? I had thought that to be some sort of permanent marking. I donít know the full story on it, so maybe I missed something somewhere.
Thereís nothing wrong with this book. I donít say that to mean I was looking for something to be wrong or that there would inherently be something off about, itís just a good book. As Iíve pretty much abandoned a rating system, Iíll just say I recommend hitting your shop and buying it. Grab the previous issues as well. With the series being only 8 issues in, I doubt it would take much effort to track them all down. Thatís unless you prefer trades, which I have no info on at all. Happy reading, funny book fans.
I purchased this book with my own funds.