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Moon Knight #1 - Slasher Review

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Moon Knight is back in NYC. After having incredibly high hopes for this series, it does not disappoint.

The Good

Moon Knight is back! Moon Knight was a character I immediately gravitated to as soon as I first started reading/collecting comics. At first I never realized that he wasn't as "popular" as Spider-Man, Batman or the X-Men. As I read the new issues and back issues, I didn't care what anyone thought. But then I noticed each time a new series would start, it would soon come to an end. In his last series, which I did enjoy on some levels, he pretty much went insane. And, of course, it ended again. Sigh.

When it was announced that Warren Ellis would be writing a new series, interest arouse among comic book readers. I couldn't help but start to smile. The penciled art by Declan Shalvey that was included with the announcement was amazing. To make it even better, Marvel later released some pages with colors by Jordie Bellaire. The anticipation over this series kept growing, along with a little trepidation. Could we finally be getting the Moon Knight series we've been waiting for?

Based on this first issue, the answer appears to be yes.

Right from the beginning, Ellis establishes who Moon Knight is. There is mention of his previous actions in LA and the added developments of Dissociative Identity Disorder (something I never fully felt comfortable with considering his past stories). The return of Detective Flint was also a welcome surprise. Ellis brings a great level of style, sophistication, and attitude to the character that makes his return a triumphant one. I am absolutely thrilled with this take on the character.

Shalvey's art and Bellaire's colors make this incredible issue even better. There are different vibes going on with Moon Knight--different layers, and they are captured here beautifully. The story has just the right feel to bring Moon Knight back to the streets of New York City and Shalvey and Bellaire's work just makes me so happy.

The Bad

This is probably my most anticipated new series from the All-New Marvel NOW! batch. I've often been a little skeptical with each new series but this is the first time in a while I am completely confident in a new Moon Knight launch. Let's hope this creative team is attached to the series for some time.

The Verdict

There's been a lot of buzz and anticipation over the new MOON KNIGHT series. I am overjoyed with what Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire have delivered with the first issue. New and old fans can easily jump into this series and Moon Knight's past hasn't been shoved aside in order to accommodate a fresh jumping on point. If you've been on the fence over adding another ongoing series to your pull list, reading this will convince completely. Get ready to enjoy a great new series.

MOON KNIGHT #1 goes on sale Wednesday, March 5.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted by kennybaese

I'm probably going to buy this is trade. All of the preview art I've seen here has been incredible, and I've been wanting to read a Warren Ellis comic for a while. I've only really read his novels.

Posted by Fenderxx

So excited for this book !!

Posted by CoryNick

Can't wait to pick this up! Thanks for the early review G-Man!

Edited by jesusdisciple001

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jesusdisciple001

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MrTummyTumms

I can't wait to get a hold of this!!

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Edited by Child_Karl

Mooninites Unite!

Oh wait, that's some other thing.

Posted by Ashr

I plan to check this out as Moon Knight is a character I've never read before or know anything about.

Edited by G-Man

@ashr: That's the great thing about this issue. It does address everything from Bendis' 12 issues but it's not in a way that bogs down this new beginning. You get a good sense of who he is now and what he plans on doing in NYC.

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Posted by daredevil21134
Posted by monsterduc

SWEET!

Posted by Sammo21

Hopefully can get a couple of the awesome variants for this too. That Skottie Young one is awesome looking.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I'm probably going to buy this is trade. All of the preview art I've seen here has been incredible, and I've been wanting to read a Warren Ellis comic for a while. I've only really read his novels.

I'm gonna get the issues and hopefully the big hardbacks

Posted by bunkerbuster05

Yes yes yes YES YES YES.

So stoked.

Edited by TommytheHitman

I am looking forward to this!

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

PLEASE LET KHONOSHU BE BACK!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Edited by CombatSpoon86

oh yes. Top of the buy pile.

Posted by Renchamp

This is another new title I'll be taking a chance on. I've never read anything with Moon Knight in it, but Shalvey's art and what Moon Knight is supposed to be has me very interested.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

#truedetectiveseason2

Edited by Ostyo

Canceled by Issue #3. :P

Posted by G-Man

I can't tell you all how happy I am to see this much interest from everyone. I always felt like I was one of the few that cared about Moon Knight. It's great to see everyone getting as excited as I am.

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Posted by ZbvmX

Advance review ftw! If Moon Knight gets cancelled again (let's hope not), guess where you'll hear it first? :P

Posted by redwingx

Picking this up!

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Love Moon Knight! Buy up people!

Posted by Nightwing128

Definitely trying now to add Marvel to my pull list and I'm gonna skim this on Wed. This and COWL might end up replacing Nightwing and Forever Evil when they end. And if anything I'll swap JLD for Green Arrow

Edited by Hit_Monkey

Can't wait any longer. I need to read this book!

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@ostyo said:

Canceled by Issue #3. :P

Posted by Ostyo

@jonny_anonymous: I regret nothing, totally worth it! :B

Cheers to Doomed Knight, I mean Moon Knight!

Posted by micah

@g_man: How do you guys get the books early to review them?

Posted by Hawkguy

A lot of people seem to be waiting for this book. Good. I get the feeling this'll have a long run. In fact, I'll call it now.

The only reason this book will end is Ellis being finished the story he wanted to tell.

Edited by Maddpanda531

Moon Knight-tastic!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Yes! This will be the first book I read Wednesday.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@micah: it's simple really. @g_man goes into a comic shop and pretends to ask advice to keep the owner busy while @inferiorego and @undeadpool sneak in the back door and steal all the comics.

Posted by inferiorego

@micah: it's simple really. @g_man goes into a comic shop and pretends to ask advice to keep the owner busy while @inferiorego and @undeadpool sneak in the back door and steal all the comics.

Corey and I are like the ATF of new comics.

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That makes no sense... I've been watching too much Sons of Anarchy

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Posted by G-Man

@micah: Some publishers send early review copies.

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Posted by Cap10nate

Very excited to read this book. I am currently halfway through Huston's run and it is very entertaining so far.

Posted by micah
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@micah: it's simple really. @g_man goes into a comic shop and pretends to ask advice to keep the owner busy while @inferiorego and @undeadpool sneak in the back door and steal all the comics.

Corey and I are like the ATF of new comics.

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That makes no sense... I've been watching too much Sons of Anarchy

Sons of the Vine the rebel comic book gang?

Edited by BlackPan1her

@sammo21 said:

Hopefully can get a couple of the awesome variants for this too. That Skottie Young one is awesome looking.

So much yes, I need that variant for my Moon Knight collection!

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Edited by feedonatreefrog

...I don't get the appeal...

Edited by ZbvmX

Jordie is on this book too! She's like the Charles Soule of colorists, and I love her for that :D Really dig how MK does not have color, and everything else does (like a reverse Night of the Living Deadpool).

Posted by scouts1998

can't wait to read this

Posted by The_Tree

I'm really excited to read this. Love me some Warren Ellis.

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