Moon Knight #04

by King on October 25, 2014

Moon Knight #04 Main Image
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Diane Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel

If there was ever going to be an issue that could simultaneously characterize “weird crime” as well as how fluid/dynamic Shalvey’s art style can be: this is it. The beauty in Mr. Night’s/Moon Knight’s/Marc Spector’s capacity as a “weird crime detective” is that the nature of his cases are so varied that nothing is to be unexpected, take for example the case in this issue. Moon Knight is tasked with investigated less of a corporeal problem in this one, and ha to tackle a more psychological issue hinging on participants in a sleep experiment losing their sanity – the perfect case for Marc Spector and his personas.

We see a true testing of Shalvey’s mettle in this issue, as the dream realm that Moon Knight ventures into makes for one of the “trippiest” reads all year, as the story becomes suitably less dialogue focused and more illusory in nature as the reader has to continuously touch basis with reality and remind themselves alongside Spector that “this is just a dream.

The duo that is Warren and Shalvey pull off another magnificent issue, lending to brilliant story telling that is just as much textually stimulating (it’s a word) as it is visually. If you were looking for a fight or otherwise bareknuckle brawl, you won’t much find it in this issue; but all things considered, that ain’t too bad, as this issue takes a step back from the nitty gritty street vigilantism to focus on the more psychological aspects of who and what Moon Knight is, in his new role as the protector of “those who travel at night.” This series is still going strong, and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.

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