Issue by Issue – Moon Knight Volume 1 #14

This particular issue of Moon Knight is famous for introducing Stained Glass Scarlet, one of the most tragic figures to ever appear in his book.  She is a memorable character not only for her story, but for her distinctive look as well courtesy of Bill Sienkiewicz.  When she was young, Scarlet was a nun but fate intervened and her life was to change with the introduction of a family.  The family thing never worked out either for her, especially when her husband was killed during a crime and her son followed in the father’s footsteps into a life of sin.  After not so much a stumble last issue, as it was more of a fill-in than anything else, this issue finds the story by Moench and Sienkiewicz much stronger and far more interesting.  The great thing about Stained Glass Scarlet is that she does not seem to fit the into the hero or villain category exclusively, instead riding that grey scale in-between that leaves her a mystery to both hero and reader. Moench creates sympathy for her and it is a story not unlike many others in this world, and one that people can relate to.  Aside from that moving backstory and the incredible visuals, we know that she will be back at some point which is a good thing.  The title returns back to form with this book and is the better for it.

4.5 out of 5

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