Moon Knight #1 is the relaunch of this troubled Marvel character; it is part of the big shots intuitive where top creators have been assigned to a street level hero in an attempt to revitalize it.
Now I’ve always been a fan of Moon Knight, his multiple personality disorder always give him an interest edge, and distanced him from just being Marvels Batman. I even enjoyed Vengeance of the Moon Knight before it was cancelled. So I was eagerly awaiting this issue from my favorite writer Brian Michael Bendis, and figured the scratchy look of Alex Maleev art would give Moon Knight that gritty look.
I was wrong; I’ve come away from this first issue feeling slightly ambivalent about it. It was nothing like I expected, sure we got the dialog from Bendis, and although the art from Maleev didn’t really sit that well with me it didn’t get in the way of the story at all.
The opening pages explain that Moon Knight, or Marc Spector has relocated to Hollywood and is now the Executive Producer of his own Moon Knight TV show. When he gets a summons to meet Cap, Spiderman and Wolverine on the roof; from there we learn he is being assigned the West Coast as a territory and he is to hunt down the LA Kingpin.
In Moon Knight fashion, he starts to track down the criminal element and runs into Mr Hyde who is guarding a deactivated Ultron. Things get a little odd and the artwork feels confused at this point, and the action feels muted to say the least. However I think this was supposed to be the effect of the art, and POV of Marc. We are then treated to an ending that makes you wonder what is the real mental state of Mr. Spector.
For an opening issue of Moon Knight I actually expected it to be a little more action packed, showing off the abilities of this Avenger. Instead I got something very different, not sure if its enough of a hook to get new readers on board. I’m going to stick with it for a couple of issues to see where it is going, but I am disappointed.
3 thumbs up out of 5