Thursday, August 18, 2016

Comic Book You Should Be Reading: Moon Knight

Moon Knight - Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Greg Smallwood; Colors by Jordie Bellaire; Letters by VC's Cory Petit. Published by Marvel Comics.

By Kenny Howell

After the first few issues of Moon Knight, I was prepared to recommend it for one sole reason, and that is artist Greg Smallwood.

Smallwood's art work in this book is astounding, probably some of the best around right now, and I just found myself staring at page after page, not really taking it in. Each panel is breathtaking, and how they are assembled on the page, many times leaving wide open white spaces, punches each individual panel just that much more.

But as I really settled into Jeff Lemire's story about a mental patient that may or may not be Moon Knight, it took on another level. Lemire is obviously a supreme talent in the comics world, so it should come as no surprise. His Marc Spector is in a mental facility, and the doctors keep telling him that they are the same problems he always has had, but he doesn't remember any of it. His fellow patients support his story, and they fight their way out. The doctors and techs change forms as alligators or other creatures, but change back throughout the adventure. The transitions keep you off balance and keep the pages turning.

Where Lemire takes it from there is what really sells the book and brings it to a whole. It takes a few twists and turns, and when we get to the end of the first story arc, Welcome to New Egypt, at issue 5, you are ready for the next to begin, not sure exactly where you have just been or where you are going.

Rating: ***1/2

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