Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5 - 365 Days of Comics
Moon Knight is like the USA Network: Characters Welcomed
I can't say enough good things about Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's, Moon Knight.
  • Quirky.
  • Original.
  • Funny.
  • The best kind of reboot.
Okay, that's enough...for now.

Moon Knight is possibly the best Marvel Comic for non-Marvel readers, or non-superhero readers for that matter. It reads like a P.I. story, and to this point, hasn't involved super powers...just old fashion hand to hand combat between men, and most recently in Moon Knight #5, women. Moon Knight gives you the grit of real life confrontations with bad guys, while still holding on too that bit of flair that comes along with an occasional costumed hero.

Another notable aspect that brings a sense of reality to the book, for me in particular, is that the story takes place in Los Angeles. For many local readers (LA locals) that I have spoken with, the location is actually appealing. The story also involves Marc Spector (A.K.A. Moon Knight) working in the entertainment industry which in real life is populated by many comic book fans. So I think the ability of Moon Knight to connect to comic book readers out west is strong.

Moon Knight #5 was a particularly fun issue for a couple of reasons.
  1. Marc's fully on crazy comes out in this issue when he is torn on how to react to a confrontation with the police. In his head, 3 different voices consisting of Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine are telling him to do different things. Each one of them speaks in a way consistent to their actual characters. For example, Cap is overly understanding of the cops' hostility towards Moon Knight, where as the Wolverine voice thinks Moon Knight should cut the pigs up. Great inner (but really outer) dialog.
  2. Marc gets his ass beat by Echo. In a wonderfully funny moment, Marc reads a situation poorly and kisses Echo. Echo is shocked by Marc's frontal assault on her face and proceeds to bloody his own face with a few fists of fury. As she storms off he yells out a charming joke to her, but since she is deaf it goes unnoticed. Great scene.
The dialog is top notch and the art fits the tone of the book perfectly. I've raved about Moon Knight before, and I have no problem doing it again. Bendis and Maleev have rebooted a B lister without even having to restart a whole line of comic books. Get this book. It's excellent.

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