Moon Knight #10

by King on December 30, 2014

Moon Knight #10 Main Image
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Colorist: Jordie Diane Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel

Honestly this issue dials things back a little bit, and redirects the story’s focus away from Marc for a bit; or should I say, “the former retainer of Khonshu”? Seeing as the blood thirsty Moon deity has elected to aid and abet the good doctor and her motives, our former Moonie is left with seemingly little options, and ability at this point.

Picking up from last issue, Dr. Warsame has made utterly no hesitation in taking up the mantle as the new avatar of Khonshu, and has already set her machinations in motion. Seeing as Marc refused to help her with her aims of seeking retribution for her family and country, she has decided to seek help elsewhere, and carry forward with her plan to assassinate Aliman Lor (the dictator dude from Moon Knight #9; pick it up at an LCS near you!).

At this time I’d like to point out that one of the most distinguishing elements of the Moon Knight mythos (for the haters who keep calling him “Ripoff Batman”) is how largely psychology and Spector’s persona(s) factor into the story/plot. It makes not only for a dynamic hero, but even adds some depth to the concept of a guy who willing puts on spandex to beat the snot out of miscreants. The concept of Khonshu is also a largely psychological element, and at times the actual “existence” of the moon deity can be heavily contested as just being another facet of Marc’s fractured psyche. So with all that mumbo-jumbo out there, Dr. Warsame’s possession of the spirit of Khonshu is a very interesting decision because it plays more into the psychological elements underlying what Khonshu is, and to that extent becomes a more “psychologically geared” Moon Knight in terms of power set and proficiency; if this issue is any indicator.

Anyways, this issue is interesting in terms of further redefining the status of “just how screwed Marc Spector is today,” as well as steadily progressing things towards what could be an even more dynamic arc conclusion than issue #6. My only complaints are that while Smallwood’s art was on point as per usual, the paneling and pacing was a lot more conventional and static than has been seen in past issues. This is such a minor detail though, and does nothing to detract from yet another fantastic entry into the Moon Knight saga.

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