(this is just a review of the Midnight Sun TPB that I wrote and want to share)
Midnight Sun continues the excellence that was provided in the first story arc, which is collected in Moon Knight: The Bottom. Just as in the first arc, Huston's story is engaging and Finch's artwork is superb. Only complaint regarding artwork in this trade is the change of artists starting at issue 13 (which is thankfully at the end, because Finch's work was way better and much more appealing). But don't let that little problem detract you from this excellent piece of work.
It's nice to see Moon Knight get to interact with so many other characters from the Marvel Universe: first Spider-Man (albeit briefly), then Captain America, The Punisher, and finally Tony Stark. The best of these encounters was undoubtedly his discussion with The Punisher. It's such a great scene because although Moon Knight is so brutal, even he wonders about The Punisher's total disregard for the lives of those unto which punishment is rendered.
Probably my favorite thing about this story arc was the large number of references made to previous Moon Knight stories. Most people wouldn't catch these or probably care even if they did, but for someone who is an extremely big Moon Knight fan like me and who has actually read every single comic book that was alluded to here, it was especially special. It just felt really cool being able to go, "Oh, I remember that story," or, "Hey, I read when that happened." Just so you can empathize with me a bit, here's a list of all of the references to older Moon Knight stuff that I caught:
- panel showing Moon Knight's weapon arsenal from the Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu series
- the return of Gena and here sons
- the return of Detective Flint
- mentioning of the Midnight Man
- return of Midnight
- Midnight using his father's sewer lair as a hideout
- mentioning Moon Knight's moon-based powers he used to have
- reference to Moon Knight's relationship with Tigra while he was on the West Coast Avengers
- when The Punisher killed Randall Spector, Moon Knight's brother, in the Marc Spector: Moon Knight series
- the Profile briefly mentioning Crawley's failings as a husband and father and how his son became a psychotic serial killer
- Khonshu making a reference to when Moon Knight was put in a wheelchair by The Fly
- Marlene mentioning her ex-husband and the deaths of her father and brother
- flashback panel showing Morpheus
Seeing all that stuff made me really appreciate Charlie Huston's work on Moon Knight.
The choice of the villain was a good one, in my opinion. It was nice to see some pretty solid closure on the whole Midnight becoming a cyborg escapade. Also, at this point I'd like to note that the other reviewer incorrectly labelled Midnight as a new villain, when he actually was not. All that talk about him being a sidekick of Moon Knight and him being the son of an art thief all actually happened in previous Moon Knight comics.
Overall, a very good comic, for both a longtime Moon Knight fan and any newcomers as well. Huston really has all of these characters down, and his work is some of the best Moon Knight material.