Review: Moon Knight Vol. 1: The Bottom

Published on October 5th, 2010

I’ve never been a fan of Moon Knight, but after the recent Shadowland series and seeing him in Secret Avengers I’ve become curious so I decided to pick up Moon Knight Vol. 1: The Bottom. Moon Knight is a difficult character to get interested in, at first look you might think he’s just Marvel’s answer to Batman which is what I thought for a long time. But when you get into the history of the character and you find out that he has very little in common with Batman. For starters Moon Knight will kill and he’ll do it brutally. He kills to appease the Egyptian moon God, Khonshu, as long as he gets blood for Khonshu, the God will give him strength. What’s really cool about Moon Knight is that the guy is absolutely insane and has multiple personalities. Mark Spector is one guy, and Moon Knight is a completely different person, and there’s even a couple other guys floating around in that mind for good measure.  So you don’t know if Khonshu is real or if Moon Knight is just insane.

moonknightthebottomThis is the fourth attempt at giving Moon Knight his own series which is written by Charlie Huston and is drawn by David Finch. The book starts with Moon Knight out on the town fighting crime and really enjoying it, while Mark Spector is also enjoying his life with his current girl. Then the book takes a completely different turn when Moon Knight gets into a fight with his enemy, Bushman. The two are up on the rooftops of the city practically murdering each other when they end up falling off a roof. Moon Knight’s legs are injured badly, but before he gives up he cuts off Bushman’s face killing him.

Mark Spector then goes into a deep depression until he is visited by a friend who convinces him to go see a mutual friend, Jean-Paul. Meanwhile there’s this whole thing going on with this outfit known only as The Committee. The guys in organization have been following Marc’s life and they are practically obsessed with getting Moon Knight out there killing for them. They also do a good job of giving out Spector’s history to the reader. After being attacked in an alley, Spector kills the attacker and after making up with Khonshu he decides to go back to worshiping the Egyptian God.

Then The Committee sends The Taskmaster after Marc Spector, Taskmaster kicks the snot out of him and the only thing that saves Marc is his old butler’s musket. Taskmaster goes back to The Committee where they are then attacked by Moon Knight when he crashes his ship into their building. This appears to have killed all the major players in The Committee so Moon Knight goes after Taskmaster and knocks the guy down a peg by scaring the piss out of him when he cuts his mask off like he cut Bushman’s face off. Marc then heads home and everything seems to be going well for him when he finds out that it was Khonshu that has set everything up to get Moon Knight back. Angry about his friends being put in danger Marc confronts his God, but think about it. What can you do to a God especially when your God spells out that you are HIS avatar and the definition of the word “avatar” in the dictionary is, “The descent of a god to Earth in incarnate form.”

If you’re interested in Moon Knight this is a great place to start, this book kind of retcons the character and changes up his origins so they give you everything you need to know about the character. Overall it’s an entertaining story with some really good action sequences, and David Finch’s art is fantastic as always. The sequence where Moon Knight slices off Bushman’s face is really grotesque, and I mean that as a complement. My only real complaint about the story is that even though they tell you how crazy Spector is, I don’t think they conveyed it very well. While reading it I didn’t get the feeling that these were alternate personalities. I will say that after reading this I am hooked and I plan on collecting all the trades from this series (which you can pick up from Amazon for only $10.19!) and tracking down the individual issues of Vengeance of the Moon Knight.

Ken Zeider