Review: Moon Knight #1

Published on May 9th, 2011

I’ve never read a book by Brian Michael Bendis. Shame on me, I know. But after reading Moon Knight#1, I can see why people hold his writing in such high regard. And Bendis’ artistic partner with the pencils on this book, Alex Maleev, is a perfect fit for this character, book, and everything that goes with it.

moonknight1The best way I’m able to describe the character of Marc Spector/Moon Knight is as follows: a former mercenary who was left for dead in Egypt, but saved (s0 Spector believes) by a deity named Khonshu. (Bless you!)  Now, at night, Marc puts on a costume and fights crime as a vigilante named Moon Knight. Oh, and one more detail: Spector is kind of… crazy. Sorry, that’s not very PC these days. Mr. Spector is “mentally unstable”. Basically he’s a mixture of the vigilante side of Batman and the mental state of Deadpool (sans the sarcasm).

Issue #1 begins with Spector at a Hollywood party to debut the launch of a syndicated TV show loosely based on his exploits as a mercenary. During the party, Marc gets a call to meet someone outside. That person is none other than our buddy Captain America, leader of the Avengers. Cap’s accompanied by Wolverine and Spider-Man to convince Marc to help the Avengers gather intel on some mysterious criminal element coming up on the west coast, more specifically, in the Los Angeles area. Marc’s totally game, and on his first night out after his meeting he comes across a duo of mid-level thugs who’re supposed to make an exchange of sorts on a dock. Their meeting is with a rather large, intimidating individual named Mr. Hyde. Hyde wants his money, but the thugs don’t have it. Hyde still wants his money. (Kinda reminds me of that speech in Goodfellas, “Business bad? Fuck you, pay me.”) So the thugs get their asses handed to them and end up dead. Now, donning the mantle, Moon Knight drops in and has it out with Hyde and after a rather strange fight on a boat, Moon Knight finds an Ultron. Whoever was looking to make this deal has some serious clout because this robot means some serious tech, money, and potential weaponry. Marc figures it’s time to let the rest of the Avengers in on what he knows and what he thinks they need to do. I’m not gonna spoil the last page, and quite frankly I should have seen it coming, but it was set up so perfectly with the storytelling and the placement of characters within the panels it makes perfect sense.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a horribly slow reader. Having said that, I think I read this issue in about five minutes. Bendis’ dialogue is that engaging. And believe me, BMB can write him some word-y scripts. Maleev’s art reminds me a bit of Jock with the thinner lines and quick penciling, and it works so well with the content as I stated before. So I guarantee that once you start reading this book you won’t be able to stop. Like Pringles, ya know?

Sam Taylor