By JSH92 16 Comments
Well, lately I have been working on reading the Marc Spector: Moon Knight series straight through. I've collected almost the entire series (I'm only missing like issues 53-58 out of the 60). Anyways, I just finished reading the Scarlet Redemption story arc (issues 25-31) by J.M. DeMatteis. The writing and tone felt markedly different than the first 23 issues that Chuck Dixon had wrote, which I really liked. So, at first I was a little disgruntled (just a little though), but then as I read it I was like, "Hmm, this actually feels a lot like Moench's original MK series." Another thing that made it feel more like Moench's work than what Dixon wrote (not to knock on Dixon's run, which I really enjoyed as I already said) was that DeMatteis brought back the supporting characters Gena and Bertrand Crawley, and he also revived an old "rogue" of MK, the Stained Glass Scarlet.
So, my mini "review" of the arc... Most of the communication in the story is through inner monologue, whether that of Scarlet or MK, rather than the normal dialogue among characters found in Dixon's run (and most other comics for that matter). At first, it was a bit annoying that there was rarely any talking going on among characters, but eventually the style grew on me. The artwork was fantastic. The layout of the panels during the issue where Moon Knight is drowning in the water was especially spectacular. Speaking of that issue, I was absolutely ecstatic when I got to see certain characters from MK's past such as his father and brother. It was a nice little recap of his dark past. As I said before, it was nice to see Stained Glass Scarlet make her return. Although she seemed a bit different than what I remember from the Moench series; but, I guess she was supposed to have changed, being driven over the edge and all that jazz. Overall, I was really looking forward to reading this story arc, and DeMatteis did not disappoint me. So, thank you to him and his fellow creative team.
Also, I'd love to hear reviews/opinions/thoughts from anyone else who read the story arc.