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“Moon Knight #1”: A Comic Review

Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev team up together in the beginning of a new series run on the multiple-personality-disorder vigilante-superhero Moon Knight. Bendis decided to remove Moon Knight (human identity, Marc Spector) from the superhero saturated east coast to Los Angeles where Spector is a producer in the TV/Hollywood industry. But of course he is called in conflict with a rising and unknown kingpin of L.A. His multiple personality disorder takes the form of the members of the Avengers, as can be seen in the cover.

Writing:

This issue serves at introducing the premise mentioned above. Spector is given minimal time in the issue, and is more fleshed out as Moon Knight (though not necessarily in costume). Bendis quickly addresses the mannerism of Spector’s mental disillusion. Spector conceptualizes Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Captain America addressing him as an Avenger and going about his work in the west. By the end of the issue the reader knows the figures are all in Spector’s head. The action is well written and quick. And events for a larger over-arching plot have already been set up as well. The writing isn’t Bendis’ best, but it’s a good start, and there looks like a lot of good stuff in future issues.

Design:

Comics where Bendis is the writer have this thing where he prefers the narrative to flow horizontally than the typical top-down system. This allows for paned out scenes and gives a greater sense of the scene, but also decreases the figure. Still fairly conventional, just focused on the horizontal instead of the vertical.

Art:

Alex Maleev was a great artist choice for this series. His art is tailored towards crime drama series’, and by implementing  a plot focused on a kingpin based in L.A., it establishes already the crime feel. A criminal exchange depicted in the volume makes use of Maleev’s gritty style, same going with the action in the issue’s climax. The issue doesn’t highlight Maleev as it does colorist Matthew Wilson. Wilson’s color palette works well with Maleev’s gritty style and really brings it out. Maleev and Wilson compliment each other well and works well. Not the best of Maleev, but still good.

Final Opinion:

This is pretty good start to the series run. The art and writing are good, while not at the best for Maleev or Bendis. The introduction to some of the concepts of the series are introduced well enough. I’m personally curious to see how the rest of the series will go. If you’re a fan of Moon Knight, or Bendis and Maleev’s work this issue offers a lot of potential for something of good quality. Marvel works best on its niche and this Moon Knight series is far removed from the rest of the universe, sans Spector’s personalities, so I believe future issues will be good.

Moon Knight #1 is owned and published by Marvel Comics. It’s written by Brian Michael Bendis, drawn by Alex Maleev, and colored by Matthew Wilson.

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  1. Coolman
    May 5, 2011 at 3:53 am

    So, wait, Moon Knight assumes the role of all the Avengers in this series?

    • yeshallbeascomics
      May 6, 2011 at 5:25 am

      Yes. At least Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Captain America. But they’re all in his head. Because, as Spider-Man once said, “Mooney rhymes with looney.”

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