With each issue, I feel like I’m being spoiled. I’ve long professed my love for Moon Knight only to have those unfamiliar with him question why. Yes, Moon Knight has had a few series come and go but this series shows just how complex the character can be. Warren Ellis is taking an almost subdued approach to the character. Moon Knight has never been an upbeat Spider-Man-type character but because he would work with others in the past, he’d have some semblance of normalcy. Moon Knight is going down a slightly different path now. After picking up the pieces from his last adventure, we see him more focused on fighting evil. This issue also marks the return of his Mr. Knight guise, the fancy dressed version that is driven around in a white limo. But that’s not the only costume we see in this issue.
So far this volume has been a series of self-contained stories. In this one, Moon Knight comes across some ghosts. Yes, actual spirits are out causing havoc and the problem is, how can you stop a ghost when they can physically manifest themselves but you can’t touch them? The answer is pretty cool.
As if Ellis’ story wasn’t enough of a treat, we also get art by Declan Shalvey. Seeing the different looks he comes up with for Moon Knight have been fantastic. Ellis and Shalvey are carving out a little corner of the Marvel Universe for Moon Knight and it’s such a blast. Jordie Bellaire continues her amazing colors. She really enhances the tone set in each scene and it makes a great story even better.
There is something fascinating about the self-contained stories. The downside is there doesn’t feel like there’s a connection between issues. If this continues, you know things will end and be wrapped by the final page. This issue, as with the last, left a tiny feeling of a lack of closure in the case.
I’ve waited so long for this MOON KNIGHT series. It’s finally time more and more are starting to realize what potential the character possesses. There are different layers to him and Warren Ellis is giving us interesting self-contained stories showcasing what he’s about. Declan Shalvey’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s colors set the vibe and tone of the series and readers can become immersed in the action. I find myself cherishing each issue and end up hungry for more as soon as I reach the final page. Moon Knight has a very calm but forceful presence in this issue. You can see he can accomplish what he sets out to. Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire need to stay on this book for a long, long time.