Issue by Issue – Moon Knight Volume 1 #23

The twenty-third issue of Moon Knight contains the concluding chapter of his battle with Morpheus and the villain is awake, in full control of his senses and more powerful than ever.  As an added bonus, Morpheus is able to control Dr. Alraune, Marlene’s brother, and have him do his bidding whenever he so wishes.  Suffice it to say, Moon Knight has his hands full.  Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz pull out all the stops on this issue and deliver one of the most atmospheric and suspenseful Moon Knight tales to date.  The book feels like a gritty 70’s foreign action thriller starring Donald Sutherland or Gene Hackman with a dose of supernatural flavour for good measure and keeps you hooked until the bitter end.  One of the best things that Sienkiewicz does in this series is truly make his pencils come alive so they give you a feeling of reality much like a television show or film.  When reading this particular issue you can feel how cold the snow is and how bone chilling the water must be when Moon Knight plunges beneath the waters.  It is the perfect blend of two creators coming together to give you a great reading experience and that is what makes comics like this so magical.  This was a taut, exciting and thrilling read with a nice blend of action, drama, and horror and is one of the best issues of the series so far.

4.5 out of 5

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