Moon Knight #06

by King on August 30, 2014

Moon Knight #06 Main Image
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Diane Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel

Moon Knight #6 marks the end of a phenomenal first arc in what I hope to be a very long running series, and boy does it go out with a bang. One of the most fascinating parts of “superhero mythos” to me is the notion of antagonists having to be the antithesis of what the protagonist of who the protagonist is, as well as what they stand for, or even an extreme pronunciation of the characteristics and traits of the hero to the point of madness. This being said, I hate empathizing with the villain, but it was also once said that "every villain is the hero of their own story," and Moon Knight #6 is a prime example of this. 
Instead of building from the ground up, Ellis ends his phenomenal first arc by going full circle and reintroducing us to a character he'd briefly acquainted us in the first issue, who we come to understand is nothing short of what can be deemed a loser, underdog, and waste of potential; my heart legitimately ached reading his story for some reason. As the story progresses, we see that he comes to develop a sort of complex surrounding Moon Knight, and delves deeper into madness as he seeks to reinvent himself as someone who is loved and respected, just like Moon Knight (or at least how he perceives Moon Knight). All of this builds up to a truly explosive finale, establishing two things:
1. Do not f%$^ with Marc Spector. 
2. Warren Ellis writes a damn fine Moon Knight.
I still continue to be both impressed as well as surprised with each turn of the page, and Shalvey and Ellis have delivered a true beat of a comic in their first arc. I count on far too many comics to carry me through either through the artist or writer being phenomenal enough to account for the shortcomings of the other, yet Ellis's grit and Shalvey's deceptive levels of detail are a match made in heaven, as we have seen across not only one of the best arcs I've ever read, but 6 of the most phenomenal single issues I've had the joy of reading. Here's to hoping the momentum continues, and that this run has some longevity to it.

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