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Moon Knight #2 - Sniper Review

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The action continues as Warren Ellis and Declan Shelvey bring Moon Knight up against a deadly sniper.

The Good

This series makes me so incredibly happy to be a Moon Knight fan. In an interesting and uncommon move, we're getting yet another self-contained story. Long flowing story arcs can be interesting to see the plot develop over time but there is something about being able to read an entire story within a single issue. To do so with such a compelling story is surprising. But of course we have Warren Ellis to thank for that.

Despite being firmly in the Marvel Universe, this story doesn't feel like a regular Marvel Universe story. It's pretty dark in some ways. If you think about it, what could be more frightening than a sniper, hidden in the shadows, taking people out? It's the hidden threats that sometimes can be more frightening, and realistic, than some sort of "scary monster" or such things. Getting a glimpse into the lives of different individuals whose time may be limited makes it that much more creepy and shocking.

Declan Shalvey takes the story and does a remarkable job in the...execution. It's like we have multiple stories going on at once and you'll find yourself flipping the pages back and forth to fully take it all in. The choice of some blank/white panels really hits you.

The Bad

This issue does read a little fast because of the nature of the panel layouts. It's definitely something that can be overlooked for the sake of the powerful imagery the absence of certain panels leaves.

It's almost a little odd that Moon Knight doesn't come into the issue until halfway through. He makes up for it in his actions but because there's minimal dialogue with him, it almost feels like he's not fully invested in taking out the bad guy. Because of the self-contained nature, this issue also doesn't pick up from the last page of the first issue. The ending also felt as if Moon Knight wasn't going to go after the final...shooter. The sniper was dealt with and that seemed to be all that mattered.

The Verdict

Two issues in and this is one of my favorite titles right now. Right now, we all have to make a mental wish that Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire will stay on this title for a while.

In an almost odd-fashion, we get another self-contained story. These days it feels like most stories are written into nice neat story arcs that can easily be collected in trades. We get a haunting story of Moon Knight coming across a sniper. The ending is a little abrupt but this wasn't really a story that would need a second part, perhaps just another page or two. This is a great issue of MOON KNIGHT that anyone can easily pick up. Check it out. You'll dig it for sure.

22 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

When I fist started reading this I wasn't sure what was going on but once it clicked I thought it was genius. Keep the great issues coming!

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Posted by greenlucario

So stoked to get this tomorrow!

Posted by daredevil21134

I enjoyed it

Posted by longbowhunter

Sort of a Marc Spector analog. Read very quickly, but over all a good issue.

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Posted by CaptainHoopla

Certainly not bad, but yeah, with the very minimal dialogue and a few near empty pages of art, this issue can be filed under the quickest reads in comics. This felt more like half an issue.

Posted by BeaconofStrength

I liked it, but I feel they could of done more with the first half; It kinda felt empty.

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Edited by Rebel_Leader1

Really wanting to get into Moon Knight what's a good series to start off with? Would like some decent dialogue and great illustrations.

Edited by Cap10nate

I read it in the guided view on comixology and thought that I was only on page 10 or so whenever it ended. Very good though.

Posted by sparty-dbq

Kind of a weird, rapid pacing on the last page

-Guy walks in

-BLAM!

-Exposition

-Leaves

All in a single stride. He had enough time to get back in the damn elevator.

Posted by Spideysense44

I liked this issue half issue or not

Posted by SoA

gotta say this issue was really good , if moon knight is going to stay like this im in!

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

This was only my second issue ever reading Moon Knight...absolutely loved it. Was a bit confused during the first half but once Moon Knight entered the scene it was all epic.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

This was only my second issue ever reading Moon Knight...absolutely loved it. Was a bit confused during the first half but once Moon Knight entered the scene it was all epic.

Agreed, it doesn't make sense until it clicks. :P

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Edited by scouts1998

has anyone noticed that they added the parental advisory to this issue on the cover?

Edited by manwithoutshame

This series moved into my personal top 10 with this issue. 5/5 as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Really wanting to get into Moon Knight what's a good series to start off with? Would like some decent dialogue and great illustrations.

Why not start with issue 1 of this series?

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

has anyone noticed that they added the parental advisory to this issue on the cover?

It's because of the violence in this particular issue.

In regards to how "short" the issue is, I don't mind because of the powerful imagery associated with the pale white panels. When the last guy died and only his panel was remaining, it was really something. Great use of panels.

Posted by SnowyMountain

Better than average filler in issue. It was a nice self contained story but not mind blowing like the first issue was. I did enjoy the artist's use of panels though and that Moonie is definitely using more than one outfit in this run. The stark contrast between the white and black portions of his costume is nice too. Overall, I'm willing to take a chance on this book and spend the money to see what Ellis is going to do next.

RATING: 3 and 1/2 STARS.

Edited by Owie

Excellent issue. I loved the first several pages with the slowly dropping panels. And for those of us (like me) who are tired of hearing people call Moon Knight a third-tier hero, he has some nice throwing feats here, like slicing a bullet in half after it's been fired at him!

Although I agree that it went a bit fast, especially at the end.

Posted by KEROGA

The fighting/action makes up for the white out panels.. but no biggie.

bummed out that i could only get this seconds issue.

Posted by deadpool25mm

was realy dissapointed that the book was only half what it should be. hope next issue will be better. I realy dont want to drop this, love Moonknight.

Posted by JoeC_Mommy

That's what I saw, too, @longbowhunter. The Sniper, and the Slasher in No. 1, are analogous to Marc Spector: mercenaries of sorts, betrayed by their employers. They're the roads not taken. It's kinda poetic justice, too, that Moon Knight would fight them to redeem himself.

Overall, I liked Moon Knight #2. I thought it was cinematic and suspenseful.