Four Colour Thoughts – Moon Knight #1 (2021)

The Creators – Jed MacKay – Writer, Alessandro Cappuccio – Artist, Rachelle Rosenberg – Colours, VC’s Cory Petit – Letters

The Players – Moon Knight, Hunter’s Moon, Dr. Sterman

The Story – Moon Knight has claimed a part of New York as his territory and is running a mission suitably called the Midnight Mission. He protects those around him, rids the area of vampires and takes those in who need help. There is one person though who believes him to be failing as the Fist of Khonshu and Moon Knight had better be on guard.

The Take – Jed MacKay begins an all-new era of greatness for Moon Knight and he does just that as this first issue is all kinds of good, if not great. Though it continues off of Jason Aaron’s Avengers run, one does not necessarily need to read that to enjoy this book as it stands alone, letting those who pick it up know all the needed facts. Here, Mr. Knight runs the Midnight Mission and does so with purpose, protecting those who need protection as the Fist of Khonshu though Khonshu be locked up and no longer a whisper in his ear. He might not have agreed with everything that Khonshu had done previously but Moon Knight still considers himself to be his god’s Fist and nothing will change that. Also introduced in the book is his new therapist, Dr. Sterman who is counselling him at the behest of the Avengers and while she thinks it all quite strange, Mr. Knight/Moon Knight in general, will do her utmost to give him the best advice that she can. MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio do a great job at introducing this new status quo and it is good to see Moon Knight doing what he does best and seeming to be far more in control of himself than usual. The artwork is spectacular, to say the least, Cappuccio’s pencils looking absolutely stellar, the pages and panels sharp and dark and even dangerous. Moon Knight looks the best he has looked in a long time, no slight to previous artists, but it seems as if Cappuccio was born to draw the hero and his costume with the blacks weaved into it, now looks far more menacing than ever. Present in the story are numerous vampires, though they are of no particular note, only that the Marvel Universe seems to be bringing them back and making them a more persistent threat than they have been in a long time and that they must be in this book for a reason, perhaps a confrontation between Moon Knight and Dracula at some point and time. Lastly, MacKay introduces a new foe, though one that could potentially be an ally should the circumstances warrant it and it seems so natural, it is a wonder that nobody had thought of the idea before this. Altogether, this was a very strong outing and a fantastic first issue to what is more than likely going to be one of Marvel’s best books.

Worth It? – Yes.

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