Sunday, September 20, 2009

I want to work with this kid/Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1

I just asked for his professional rates. I'm done settling for mediocrity.

Also, how awesome is this Velma?


Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1
Written by Gregg Hurwitz
Pencils by Jerome Opeña
Colors by Dan Brown
Letters by Va Caramagna
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by Lan Pitts

As a long-time Moon Knight fan, I was interested to see how this title would differ from his previous solo title. To briefly catch up, Marc Spector faked his death and "Jake Lockley" (another alternate personality) is the new Moon Knight. So where do we begin on "Vengeance"? Basically, Moon Knight wants Norman Osborn to know that he is back and coming for him. MK thwarts an armed robbery and, to everybody's surprise, he doesn't kill any of the perpetrators. However, he makes his mark while putting a Hitler-style mustache on a giant billboard of Osborn and blowing up a big apple in Times Square. All the while, numerous characters from the Marvel Universe take notice of MK's return.

In "Fight Club" style, Khonshu, the Egyptian God of the Moon and Vengeance (hence the title) shows up as a sort of Great Gazoo taunting Spector/Lockley. He eggs Moon Knight on how great killing used to make him feel and that Khonshu knows this clean-cut version is not the real him. This is tested when Moon Knight stops an attempted rape and Khonshu appears once more, reminding him that there is a killer inside of him, begging to be released. Though, in true heroic fashion, Moon Knight walks away from his urges and leaves the would-be rapist with his hair in a meat grinder. The sun rises and MK has a bit of internal monologue, wondering how long this change in him will last and if he can sustain his brutal incentives. His train of thought is interrupted by an appearance of the Sentry, who would like a moment of his time.

The first thing to compliment above all else in this book is Jerome Opeña's panels and figure composition. Now I know he's been in the game for a while, but I haven't read a book like that almost feels like a movie screenplay. The action scenes are intense and well-composed, and there's a few pages in here I wouldn't mind adding to my art collection just for the sheer awe factor that they bring to the metaphoric table. Now Moon Knight has been one of those characters that has had numerous solo titles, and a solid fan base. He may not be as popular with the kids (mainly due to his violent background, but hey, that never stopped Wolverine), but this title steers away from the intense violence and hopefully will catch on. The Batman comparisons stop at the gadgets, costume and cars with Hurwitz's dialouge making Moon Knight one of the most complex characters out there.

Two complaints, though: the new costume. I'm guessing they wanted an armored look to him so it would add a little something aesthetically, but it took a few pages out of Batman's costume a la "The Dark Knight". Another is that while there are 24 pages of actual story, I didn't think it necessary to have Moon Knight's first issue reprinted along in this one. It's a good read for any Moon Knight fan and highly recommended to see a different side of the Marc Spector character.

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