You have never met anyone like me
Last week saw a new batch of all new number ones from Marvel, including one that I have been looking forward to since its announcement, “Moon Knight.” The book is written by Warren Ellis, along with art by Declan Shalvey and color by Jordie Bellaire.
At first glance you would not be unfair to say that he is Marvel’s thinly veiled Batman, but you would be wrong. Unlike Batman, who uses stealth and shadow to both attack and blend in, Moon Knight wears all white, he wants you to see him coming.
If you haven’t heard of Moon Knight before, you are not alone. Marc Spector was a mercenary that was, depending on who you ask, killed in Egypt and given second chance by a long forgotten Egyptian god, using his second shot at life to become Moon Knight.
Now he is back in New York and is ready to take on the city’s crime.
By the way that whole Egyptian god thing may or may not be true. What makes Moon Knight different from other heroes stalking around in the night is that Marc suffers from dissociative identity disorder (formally known as split personality disorder). So Marc is not the most reliable of sources.
The art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire is top notch. But what I really want to talk about is how “Moon Knight” is colored. The backgrounds’ go from beautiful and almost realistically colored lit cities to dark sewers.
But what stands out is that Moon Knight himself is pure white. In fact, even when Marc wears a white shirt around the town it is pure uncolored white. It’s a stylistic choice that could really leave the page looking unfinished, but it ends up communicating something about the character.
I really enjoyed Moon Knight and look forward to reading the rest of the series. If you are new to comics and have been looking for something to pick up, definitely give it a shot.
I for one am really looking forward to what the team will do with the book and hope it has a long run with the current creative team.