Wow. What a wild ride. I was excited for this series just because it starred Moon Knight, but I had no idea I would enjoy the first issue just this much. The issue reads a lot like a psychological thriller, which I absolutely love. Greg Smallwood’s art was good, and I liked that he experimented with different styles to fit different scenes. His two-page spread of a post-apocalyptic Egypt/New York was fantastic. Jordie Bellaire killed it with the colors, as usual. I believe she is one of the top colorists currently working in the industry (please read Vision if you haven’t already). Lemire scripted a compelling story that immediately drew me into Marc Spector’s world (worlds?). As someone who has read Moon Knight’s beginnings, I loved the inclusion of his old supporting characters, it was done in a very non-intrusive way. Lemire is successful in presenting the audience with a puzzling question: Is this all in Mark’s head, or is an Egyptian God truly invading Earth? I have no idea. Maybe it’s a little bit of both? I guess we’ll have to find out. And that’s where I start to get a bit worried. So many of these ANAD series have had great debuts but then dropped in quality as they continue on. This isn’t the first time Marc has struggled with his mental health, and if the creative team is unable to find something that makes their run both unique and interesting, I fear this series will go down the drain as well. I hope they didn’t play all their cards in the first issue. That being said, the team did a great job creating an atmospheric and intriguing comic. While not quite as strong as the debut issue of Warren Ellis’s acclaimed run, this is a very promising start to a potentially great series.
Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years… or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records, his whole identity (indentities) are called into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector himself? Jeff Lemire (EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN) and rising star Greg Smallwood are calling everything you know about Moon Knight into question.