Moon Knight #2
Ellis, Shalvey, Bellaire
I will most certainly be SPOILING!
The first half of this issue is a highly engaging touch of style from the great mind of Warren Ellis. One story per panel and eight panels per page, the reader is privy to the final moments of the their work day. All but one are dealing with the mundane moments of life, save one, who is killed by a headshot from a sniper.
On the second page, the panel that would have continued the dead man’s story is gone, replaces with a big of story, presumably from the point of view from the gunmen. The rest of the stories continue, though another one of them dies from a gunshot to the head. The more pages you turn, the more you learn about the survivors of the page, but every time the glossy paper bends over the stapled binding, another panel vanishes and another story ends.
By the time the entire page turns white, We know eight lives have ended. We also know that the sniper has chosen these victims because he once worked for them, and they abandoned him in the field. He was left for dead, and intends to treat them in kind.
For the first time since the relaunch, Moon Knight makes an appearance in his full vestments. His jet, a moon shaped, propeller driven glider, is automated, which is another conspicuous change from the ally heavy Moon Knight of the past.
Moon Knight’s new look is high on contrast and has more lithe look, attributing a stiletto like feel to the character. As he is to be the efficient agent of Khonshu, if not an assassin, but a protector of those who travel the dark roads, I feel this costume change could not be more apt. Also interesting to me, is that this is the first time in the many incarnations of the vigilante, that the colors of his costume, silver and jet, have been actually used in the character design. The distinct difference is one that should make any Moon Knight fan smile.
Moon Knight’s trailing cape brings to mind the long scarves usually attributed to ninja character designs, until he deploys it in the moon shaped glider that has become a staple to his swooping entrances. The art is astonishing, making our costumed crusader seem like a drifting ghost above a dark city, even as he drifts, wraith like, towards the sniper.
Something in the Sniper’s eye warns him of the encroaching enforcer and he uses his high tech rifle to create a zipline in an attempt to escape. Before he can flee, Moon Knight attacks with his moon shaped shurikens. Shockingly, the blade cleaves the murderers side arm in half. Disarmed and at a loss, the desperate man leaps for the zipline and Moon Knight gives chase. A few well-placed shots ruin his gliding cape and the Sniper gets a lead, fleeing into the building at the end of his line.
Another new gadget, a grappling hook attached to Moon Knight’s truncheon, is revealed. A well placed shot and he is right back on the sniper’s trail. The two trade wounds, and Moon Knight finally speaks, claiming it is over. The sniper, defiant and frustrated asks, “why can’t I hit you?” Moon Knight’s response is succinct and chilling.
“I’m not real.”
Here is another sign that Moon Knight has somehow been altered or enhanced, as his next shuriken cleaves a bullet in half in mid air. By all accounts, these two seem to be evenly matched, neither pulling a real advantage over the other, even after the sniper has a shuriken through his hand.
Moon Knight finally brings the man to the ground, and demands an explanation, the same we are favored with in the beginning of the issue. A brief struggle starts again, leaving the sniper against dazed up against the elevator. It opens, and a man is standing there with a gun, and kills the sniper.
This ending is strange and clipped off abruptly. The man explains that the company is responsible because they learned that their dogma had been wrong. This conclusion really felt out of place and reeked of the deus ex machina.
Warren Ellis’ focus on weird crime has thus far been an excellent use of Moon Knight. Having two issues now to look at, I wonder if Mr. Ellis is using villains and murderers from the same background as Marc Specter for some greater purpose. Mercenaries and Soldiers who were betrayed and abandoned seem dangerously close to the origin of our hero. This would work a lot better building a rouges gallery of his own, but for that to happen, an enemy would need to survive.
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
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