Posted - October 24, 2015
Moon Knight 1 to 3
You may have heard of the infamous Luneta Hostage Taking incident that happened in the Philippines? This is my country and the Manila Police Department was on the job that day. They botched it. I watched on tv as an elite police team just couldn't tackle one hostage taker. Not to excuse them, but those policemen have families and lives and I think that they simply didn't have the necessary courage to do the job. The point is, police work can be downright dangerous, so deadly, that, police would rather not do the work. But what if they had somebody like Moon Knight (or the Bat) to do it for them? Now I know the reason for the "Mr. Knight" technicality they are using.
Moon Knight is shown descending into the New York "catacombs" in a panel with a very attractive layout.
I'm getting Morlocks flashbacks from those old X-Men books.
Finally, the antagonist
He looks dangerous and certainly more so here, in his place, underground. He'a armed to the hilt and Moon Knight seems to be wearing nothing but a suit and mask (actually, he looks like the Rose from Spider-Man). Still, this antagonist does invite thoughts of pity. He's a former Agent of Shield and he kills people to steal their body parts in order to fix himself up - something he says that the medical community won't do.
Moon Knight is threatened again and again. I love how ice cold Moon Knight is in this situation, I'm wondering how he's going to handle this guy. Then this happens.
Wow. Just like that it's over. Wait a minute! Not quite.
Catching a bullet with, well, with whatever those small crescent blade things are called (shurikens?). In the world of stage magic the trick is called the "bullet catch" but it is not humanly possible. At this point we should remind ourselves that Moon Knight is not quite human - he is theresurrected agent of the god Khonshu (more on that later).
And that's the first outing. Impressive. Now for a closer look at Marc Spector, the Moon Knight.
Yes, the famous multiple personality disorder tied in with Khonshu having four aspects. I love it. "Watcher of overnight travellers" is particularly descriptive of the Moon Knight persona.
There's more . . .
Note: "raised from the dead", "remade . . .by that entity's operations". Both Daredevil and Batman are human but Moon Knight is not. The possibilities. I love it.
Marc Spector is a rich man with a fittingly halloweenish house.
The clear night, the manse, the moon, just wonderful. I'm extremely happy with Moon Knight so far. The panel below, which happens inside the mansion, is just the cherry on top of the sundae.
Khonshe the Moon God. This brings home that there is a very real supernatular aspect to Moon Knight, again, think of the storyline possibilities.
Very unique use of framing in the next story. We get pages with panels like this.
Okay, there are several pages of these panels and each panel is devoted to one person, and as you can see, each panel will turn red than only text is left, then nothing. A whole page has eight panels and we run throught this layout till all the panels blank out. Each of these eight people are being assassinated. The red panels are when they get hit by a sniper bullet. This method of storytelling does tend to consume a lot of pages but the cleverness alone makes it absolutely worth it.
All the killings happen at night so whoever is doing this could, and does, bump into "the watcher of overnight travellers". Here he comes
Iconic Moon Glider in the background and this time the costume is nearer to the traditional one. Coming up against the sniper, Moon Knight gets to showcase his skill at throwing those crescents.
Best takedown panel.
The action sequence is amazing and in the end we get an explanation.
"The banks always win" - damn them, don't even get me started about how much my car really cost me because of that effing loan (yes, I am stupid).
Next up, our supernatural hero goes up against the supernatural - and loses big time.
Angry ghosts hurting people.
Moon Knight is on the job. But . . .
Up against foes he can't touch, Moon Knight is beaten up bad.
His nice limo even gets dented - with his head!
It's back to the mansion and Marc Spector looks terrible.
What is showcased here is the role of Khonshu, not just as source of power but as guide. Beaten bloody, Marc's question is very direct.
The answer is fascinating.
So, Marc has access to some kind of "mini museum" of ancient Egyption artifacts does he? The fascination must be an after effect of his resurrection. Let's get to this mini-museum:
What is not shown in this story is that Marc Spector has enough knowledge to sort through this vast trove and identify the items he needs - namely, weapons and armor that can be used against ghosts. Spector has become an expert Egyptologist.
Now before we jump into the fray we get a beautiful panel of the New York skyline.
And now the rematch. Presenting Moon Knight: Ghost Fighter edition.
If Moon Knight is Khonshu's son he now resembles his dad. Seriously, this outfit is going to kick ass. Like so.
Now with the job done lets head home in he glider and kick back with some "Downton Abbey".
This new Moon Knight series is everything I want it to be. The first series was loaded with possibility, promises, if you will. This new series looks well on its way to finally fulfilling those promises.