By Danial79 9 Comments
Old School Review
Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu
Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu is a six-part mini-series that was released in 1985. It might not be Moon Knight's most well-known series, but it did leave a legacy, being the series that introduced (and ended) his moon powers. It felt more like a cancelled series to me, rather than an actual planned mini-series, in that there was no story arc, and no defined ending. Each of the six issues was self-contained.
In Fist of Khonshu, Marc Spectre, who had given up the role of Moon Knight since the previous series, is mysteriously drawn to Egypt and into a strange, cliff-side cave. Within, he meets the priests of Khonshu who tell him he must once again become Moon Knight and present him with new weapons. As an added bonus, he is also granted the aforementioned strength, based upon the phase of the moon. At its height, Moon Knight is seen ripping a foot-thick steel door from its frame! With these new abilities, Moon Knight is guided upon missions telepathically from the priests. Each issue sees a different foe, the only known one being Morpheus.
I found the writing to be nothing special, with plenty of the expository thought balloons that were common at the time. The first four were written by Alan Zelenetz, while the last two were Mary Jo Duffy and Jim Owsley respectively. I can't really say any were better than the others however. The art, as well, was less than spectacular, with many of the colours running over their outlines. I haven't read enough older comics to know if this was normal for the time, but I found it rather poor.
I'm afraid to say that this series has very little to offer outside of the fact that Moon Knight had moon-phase super-strength. The fact that this power became non-existent by the very next series makes it even less important.