Issue by Issue – Moon Knight Volume 1 #24

This issue sees the return of Stained Glass Scarlet, one of the best villains to grace the pages of this book because she blurs the lines and it is hard to say if she truly is a villain or not.  She confuses Moon Knight on more than one level because he cares for her, maybe more than he should.  So when she returns and decides to continue her quest for vengeance against those that have ruined her family and bodies start to pile up, Moon Knight does not know whether to stop her or to let her continue to do what she plans.  This issue also features some of the best pencils Sienkiewicz ever did on the series.  From the cover onwards, page after page, the book draws you in and his pencils refuse to let you go.  Each page is a work of art and is absolutely spectacular from panel layout to the way figures stand in contrast to each other due to the colour palette and yet merge to create the beautiful frescoes under the artists pen.  There are a lot of blacks, whites, reds and pastels throughout the book to give it a gritty and subdued tone and yet they blend together seamlessly to paint this tale of revenge.  So far, this book is the highlight of the title to this point in time.  Other notable moments include a brief meeting with Marlene that finds her preoccupied and Moon Knight not interested in her dilemma whatsoever, instead concerned with his own business which seems to just make her mood more foul than it already is.  At some point there is going to be a showdown between the two and the fact that it has not happened yet is a wonder.  By the end of the book, the problem of Stained Glass Scarlet is unresolved and it looks as if she will be back again one day to perplex our hero.  Great work by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz with an absolutely flawless tale of morality and murder.

5 out of 5

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