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Moon Knight, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 19, 2012
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About the Author
Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator, one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, and undoubtedly Marvel's biggest writer. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. His work at Marvel includes House of M, New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, Siege, and many more.
Alex Maleev first teamed with Bendis on Todd McFarlane's Sam and Twitch series in 2000-2001 before they were recruited for Daredevil. In 2006, Maleev finished his run with Bendis in Daredevil and planned a collaboration with the writer on a new ongoing Spider-Woman series. Bendis and Maleev collaborated once again on the four part Halo: Uprising miniseries from Marvel Comics. Bendis and Maleev are currently working on a creator owned comic book named Scarlet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Moon Knight is Marvel's Batman (rather than Nighthawk)...just not nearly as cool, dark or as center stage. The concept that Bendis explores is that anyone who dresses up as a superhero is somewhat mentally ill. He takes it a step farther by having Marc Spector be schizophrenic. In this story, Spector's schizophrenia manifests itself in a disturbing and clever way: he can see and here Captain America, Spiderman and Wolverine giving him advice and instructions. The twist is that Spector is an Avenger and he knows them, so he isn't always sure when he is imagining then and when they are real.
This is the second half of a 12 issue mini-series (or to borrow the 80's term, maxi-series). Spector has moved out to LA. He discovers that an unknown power has set himself up as the West Coast Kingpin and that he is trying to purchase an Ultron head (this is one of 3 seed stories for "The Age of Ultron" that Bendis planted between 2007 and 2011).
Aiding Spector in his work is Maya Lopez, also known as Echo. The only criticism is that the book concludes a tad abruptly.
Alex Maleev's art is stunning (he's my favorite artist).
The drama is sensational, the relationships are realstic, and the humor had me laughing out loud. This is the definitive story for die-hard Moon Knight fans. The two books together are comparable to All Star Superman, in that they tell a bare-bones, back-to-basics story of a beloved character.
As for the artwork; its Alex Maleev. If you love his work on Daredevil, Spider-Woman, or even Sam & Twitch (all with Bendis), then you'll love his take on Moon Knight. Its dark, its disoriented, and its awesome.
You know how at the end of the Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, the credits roll out "Thor will return in: The Avengers." Well, at the end of this book, the credits roll out, "Moon Knight will return in..." and the title has me ITCHING for it to be released.
Clearly Bendis has big plans for Moon Knight in the future, and this book really builds the anticipation for whats to come.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Alex Maleev (pencils, inks, covers), Matt Hollingsworth (colors)
Collects: Moon Knight #8-12
***This review contains spoilers. You've been warned!***
The correct title of this book should actually be "Moon Knight by Brian Michael Bendis: Part 2 of 2." When I picked up the first collected edition, I was not aware that this was, essentially, a limited series. Had I known that this was not an on-going series, but a 12-issue mini-series, I probably would have waited for the inevitable HC edition that collects all of the issues and then purchased it in that format. If you have limited bookshelf space or just desire the finest collected editions, I'd suggest that is the way to go. Now, on to my thoughts on this book...
I liked the first half of this story, but I liked this half better. Marc's interaction with his accomplices, the antagonists of the story, and with the voices in his head are all gripping, and his predicament of taking on a villain who is far out of his league is just fun to watch. I really wasn't sure where Bendis was going with this series, but by the end of the book it has become clear that he is setting the stage for the Marvel event that followed this story - Age of Ultron. As much as I liked seeing Moon Knight ion action, again (and especially seeing him written by Bendis), I have to say that my gusto was dampened down a bit when I learned that this wasn't going to be and on-going series, and that part of the reason for this entire story was as a prelude to another Marvel event.
Marc knows that he got lucky during his first encounter with Count Nefaria, and that he and Echo were lucky to make it out alive. Does that prevent him from engaging him again? No, of course not! Marc's got plenty of courage and tactics, if not a stable personality. He and Echo mix it up, again, with Nefaria, and this time things go quite badly for both of them - but particularly bad for Echo. Yes. Really, really bad. I was really not happy to see her killed off. I always liked her character and she represented several minorities in comics: strong, independent females, heroes with disabilities, and non-powered heroes. I've enjoyed every story that she has been in. I would have much rather seen the death of Nefaria. In any respect, her death will make this mini-series more memorable than had it never occurred, but I still wonder why Bendis selected her to meet her end. I thought he was fond of the character, as well.
The story was pretty strong, overall. I do appreciate the way Bendis frequently brings in B- and C-list heroes and villains that few people have heard of and spins some new yarns for them. I can also say that while Age of Ultron hasn't received much praise from my friends, I will be picking it up and checking it out now that I know Moon Knight is one of the central characters in it.
Alex Maleev is a long-time collaborator with Bendis, and I have always felt the two make a good pairing - particularly when telling stories of more street-level characters. I was happy with Maleev's artistic flair on this story, and Matt Hollingsworth's colors were well done, too.
Any fans of Moon Knight will enjoy this story, though I would recommend waiting for the full collected edition if you are considering purchasing this book. At $20, this book is over-priced. The first collection (Moon Knight, Vol. 1) was also priced at $20 but was 60+ pages longer! Still, this is the best Moon Knight book I've read in years! Just wait on the full collection to get the best format and best price.
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