For this week on Comic Book Wednesday, check out why Moon Knight #1 is worth a read!
I haven’t read as many Marvel comics in comparison to my hefty stack of DC comics. So, to remedy this, I have been picking up some back issues of current series. This is where I picked up Moon Knight #1, written by Jeff Lemire and art by Greg Smallwood. I haven’t read any Moon Knight issues before hand. Quite frankly, I don’t know much about the history of the character within the Marvel Universe.
However, after reading the first issue, I’m intrigued. Yes, I am already a bit late on this new series since its release on April 18th, 2016. Yet, with only a few issues out already, it’s a quick read to catch up.
This story centers on our main protagonist and mercenary, Marc Spector, who is currently residing in a mental hospital. When no one is around him, he finds himself in a different reality and confronts a deity that we can only believe is trying to help him out. Throughout the story, Marc is trying to figure out what has happened to him. He recalls his memories differently than what is recounted to him in the hospital. At first, it is easy for the reader to believe him. But then there are moments where he even doubts his own memories. He also finds himself switching between two different places, or realities. It is only until he dons the white robe that he sees the world completely different. Exposing those, such as the guardsmen in the hospital, as Egyptian cats, among other things.
Marc Spector is our unreliable narrator and he embarks on his journey, escaping the mental hospital, to find out who he is and why.
At the beginning of the issue, the art style is scrawled with lines across the panels and jagged marks to create more shadows. Not only is our main protagonist elusive when running away from the guards, but his memories as well. This is evident when Marc is in the alternate reality of his existing world. In contrast to when he is in the psych ward, the colors are more fluid and blends in to create a dream-like affect during flashback scenes. I also found the extra white space around the panels and the shifting shapes of panel boxes to work very well with the story and helps move the story forward as you read it.
So far, I think this first issue starts off well and left me with a lot of unanswered questions, much as it is with any first issues. I definitely will check out the second issue and hopefully some of those questions will be answered.