Four Colour Thoughts – Avengers #34 (2020)

The Creators – Jason Aaron – Writer, Javier Garrón – Artist, Jason Keith – Colours, Cory Petit – Letters

The Players – Moon Knight, Khonshu, Black Panther, Mephisto, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Baby Star Brand

The Story – The Age of Khonshu continues as Moon Knight and his god consolidate power while trying to save the lives of everyone in the universe.

The Take – Jason Aaron and Javier Garrón continue to craft a singularly excellent tale that redefines Moon Knight as a heavy hitter in the Marvel Universe and to say it is good to see is putting it lightly. It begins with Khonshu, seemingly as mad as Marc Spector and very scared and taking place before the events of the last issue after which it cuts forward to the present day as they face Mephisto, still locked in his cage where Doctor Strange had placed him. Moon Knight takes care of the problem that Mephisto poses to those who live in the amongst the universe in a scene that is sure to be remembered and from there jumps forward in time a bit once again to the city of New Thebes, formally Manhattan which Khonshu has remade. If there is one thing that Aaron is good at, it is always giving readers something new to look at and with this transformation, along with other places across the globe, it goes to show that given the chance, Moon Knight and Khonshu are a force to be reckoned with, though they do so supposedly for the greater good. There is a question as to where the rest of the Avengers are, though it is shown that Black Panther is a prisoner while Iron Man and Captain Marvel are hiding out. It also makes one wonder why it is that Moon Knight could not have worked in conjunction with the rest of the team, though it is sure to be shown in a further chapter of this story. What is most interesting about all of this though, is that while Khonshu now holds most of the powers that the Avengers once wielded, Moon Knight has held back on giving up that which he took from Robbie Reyes and whether that is because he knows that Khonshu cannot be trusted or something else entirely remains to be revealed. The latest iteration of the Avengers has been a solid one, but Aaron and the team have crafted one of the best story arcs to be had with this one.

Worth It? – Yes.

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