This is Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's final issue of MOON KNIGHT. Yes, that is a sad thing but holy $#!% is this an amazing book. I wasn't sure what to expect in their final issue and they managed to catch me off guard.
In a first for this volume, Ellis actually takes a tiny thread from the first issue. There's someone that encountered Moon Knight (or Mr. Knight) and soon formed their own agenda. What we witness is an extreme metamorphosis with this character. The reasoning is easily justified and explained within one page. We've seen characters become obsessed and go through their changes but this just has a different feel to it. There has been the occasional disturbing things in this comic but witnessing this transformation is messed up. That's what makes this a wonderful end to Ellis and Shalvey's run. It's not your typical MOON KNIGHT comic, even if each of their issues has had different feels to them.
Shalvey's art is top notch, as usual. Seeing the change a character goes through, you can really feel them changing. It's almost scary, but not in a horror-type fashion. There's definitely some psychological issues going on and Shalvey captures the journey perfectly.
And then there's Jordie Bellaire. Bellaire's colors always impress. We get some gorgeous scenes that cover a variety of places. The way she shifts from the darkness of a person's home to a bright restaurant to the coming of the night in the city, it's almost mesmerizing. There's also some great explosions, flames, and gunfire that are almost brought to life with Bellaire's colors.
Of course we're all bummed Ellis and Shalvey are leaving. There might be some anger over their decision to leave but realistically, we should all be so grateful for what they've given us. Let's not forget Bellaire is staying on to be the glue between the arcs. We do get a preview for the next issue here so we can remain positive.
Bravo to Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire. Like many others, I didn't this final issue of their run to come. Reading it, you can put down the issue with a smile on your face. It's a great story showing us another aspect of the world Moon Knight lives in. I've been a Moon Knight fan for so long. I cannot express how thrilled and privileged I feel having had these six issues. It's been a joy to read them and I'm even looking forward to the next issue. MOON KNIGHT is definitely the series everyone should be reading. I can't wait to read them all over again.