Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Moon Knight is back and he’s more insane than ever. After going through what seemed to be some sort of mental breakdown and returning to New York, he’s back to exacting vengeance upon those who prey on travelers at night!
The Ups: This comic to be one of the weirdest issues I have ever read, but that is a really, really good thing in this context! Warren Ellis and Declan Shavley collaborate in a way that is rarely seen between a writer and an artist and their teamwork makes this book truly shine. The tone and stoic nature of the writing and dialogue is complimented by Shavley’s dark and almost mischievous drawing style that helps to better set the tone of the comic in a way that is reminiscent of a noir or detective story. Of course the colors done by Jordie Bellaire share in this gritty undertone except when it comes to Moon Knight himself who somewhat seems like a being from another dimension, almost a ghost, in comparison to the color of the backgrounds and I’m sure that is a key bit of production the team was going for.
Overall: This new take on the character and story of Moon Knight is exactly what is to be expected from a strange character such as this. I don’t think a better team could have picked to help put together the story of Moon Knight and although this first issue was rather strange and there was no real story progression, I’m sure once the story does begin it will be nothing we’ve ever experienced and something completely unique.
Grade 5 of 5