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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (19 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785151729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785151722
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Acclaimed artist Alex Maleev previously collaborated with Brian Bendis on Image Comics' Sam and Twitch. His is also known for his work on the groundbreaking Batman: No Man's Land.


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Marc Spector aka Moon Knight continues his mission to bring down the kingpin of LA, the monocle-wearing, awesomely-named Count Nefaria. But MK isn't the kind of superhero who has powers to take down a powerful enemy like Nefaria on his own - enter the Avengers! Or are they? Marc does have schizophrenia and the superheroes do seem oddly involved in the events of his life...

This is the conclusion to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's mini-series on Moon Knight and it has been a fun trip. They've managed to reintroduce and reinvent the character to a new audience and make him a freshly appealing hero in the Marvel U. A lot of this has to do with Bendis' brilliant treatment of MK as a gung-ho schizo who sees people that aren't there. He's so lovably insane like a toned-down Deadpool that MK becomes an endearing character by the end of this book.

The last iteration of MK I read was Charlie Huston's who focused on making MK tortured and twisted - it was too dark, unpleasant and overly serious. Bendis takes a different tack, having MK acknowledge and embrace his craziness, using his split personalities to craft a more interesting story while providing some laughs along the way. It's a brilliant angle to take and really pays off, creating exciting and thrilling scenes with balanced moments of levity and even some pathos.

Maleev's art is great as always but he manages to make MK's costume seem less noticeable than previous versions which is quite a feat. It's not that he does anything different but David Finch's MK on the Charlie Huston run, while looking like a lot of Finch's stuff - in a word, AMAZING - definitely made his costume really stand out as a poor design choice. Bright white? It's striking but also looks really bad, strategically.
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Moonknight has become one of my favourite Marvel characters and with this short but sweet series, his character is built up for great things to come. With the initial previews of Age of Ultron for next year, this book is a great read to get you in the mood for more Ultron action next year! The art is great, a really unique style and I really enjoyed the character's frame of mind. The ending was very satisfying and always good to see things come to a conclusion, even if that conclusion leaves fear for the future of the Marvel universe!

A good read, though my only issue was with the slow delivery of the seller i got the item from, apart from that no issues at all and it sits proudly on my book case!
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HASH(0x8dbe1c54) out of 5 stars It's a good end to a good book. 30 Jun. 2012
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bendis wrote a good run on an underused character with exceptional art from his Daredevil collaborator, Alex Maleev. The story is engrossing, it's a pure joy to read about this wayward, West Coast Avenger making his stand against a wannabe kingpin. If you like Bendis and/or Maleev then you should check this and the first volume out.
HASH(0x8e9aea4c) out of 5 stars Moon Knight by Brian Bendis part 2 of 2... 31 Aug. 2014
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Title: Moon Knight Vol. 2
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Alex Maleev (pencils, inks, covers), Matt Hollingsworth (colors)
Collects: Moon Knight #8-12
Price: $19.99

***This review contains spoilers. You've been warned!***

The correct title of this book should actually be "Moon Knight by Brian Michael Bendis: Part 2 of 2." When I picked up the first collected edition, I was not aware that this was, essentially, a limited series. Had I known that this was not an on-going series, but a 12-issue mini-series, I probably would have waited for the inevitable HC edition that collects all of the issues and then purchased it in that format. If you have limited bookshelf space or just desire the finest collected editions, I'd suggest that is the way to go. Now, on to my thoughts on this book...

I liked the first half of this story, but I liked this half better. Marc's interaction with his accomplices, the antagonists of the story, and with the voices in his head are all gripping, and his predicament of taking on a villain who is far out of his league is just fun to watch. I really wasn't sure where Bendis was going with this series, but by the end of the book it has become clear that he is setting the stage for the Marvel event that followed this story - Age of Ultron. As much as I liked seeing Moon Knight ion action, again (and especially seeing him written by Bendis), I have to say that my gusto was dampened down a bit when I learned that this wasn't going to be and on-going series, and that part of the reason for this entire story was as a prelude to another Marvel event.

Marc knows that he got lucky during his first encounter with Count Nefaria, and that he and Echo were lucky to make it out alive. Does that prevent him from engaging him again? No, of course not! Marc's got plenty of courage and tactics, if not a stable personality. He and Echo mix it up, again, with Nefaria, and this time things go quite badly for both of them - but particularly bad for Echo. Yes. Really, really bad. I was really not happy to see her killed off. I always liked her character and she represented several minorities in comics: strong, independent females, heroes with disabilities, and non-powered heroes. I've enjoyed every story that she has been in. I would have much rather seen the death of Nefaria. In any respect, her death will make this mini-series more memorable than had it never occurred, but I still wonder why Bendis selected her to meet her end. I thought he was fond of the character, as well.

The story was pretty strong, overall. I do appreciate the way Bendis frequently brings in B- and C-list heroes and villains that few people have heard of and spins some new yarns for them. I can also say that while Age of Ultron hasn't received much praise from my friends, I will be picking it up and checking it out now that I know Moon Knight is one of the central characters in it.

Alex Maleev is a long-time collaborator with Bendis, and I have always felt the two make a good pairing - particularly when telling stories of more street-level characters. I was happy with Maleev's artistic flair on this story, and Matt Hollingsworth's colors were well done, too.

Any fans of Moon Knight will enjoy this story, though I would recommend waiting for the full collected edition if you are considering purchasing this book. At $20, this book is over-priced. The first collection (Moon Knight, Vol. 1) was also priced at $20 but was 60+ pages longer! Still, this is the best Moon Knight book I've read in years! Just wait on the full collection to get the best format and best price.

Writing: 9/10
Artwork: 8/10
Cool Factor: 9/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 8/10
HASH(0x8ed7642c) out of 5 stars Vol. 2 falls a bit flat and then...the end! 31 July 2013
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you jump on board with this tome you may wonder (1) the heck? Moon Knight is a schizoid personality and (2) his series is over already!?! The second incredulity shouldn't be all that surprising as Moon Knight has suffered frequent start/stops. It may have even be planned this way (though Marvel used to announce it's series as maxi-series as such) for one of the things that Bendis did in the first volume was give readers a lot of historical nods and Easter eggs so who knows? None of that will increase the reader's enjoyment of this series but it sure might decrease it. I for one found myself asking, "Is that all? Was that it? Moon Knight is a psychotic Batman type who managed to battle Count Nefaria and keep that powerhouse from obtaining an Ultron head, who teamed up with Echo--who was killed incidentally--and who had the voices of Captain America, Spider-man, and Wolverine in his head but the voices have shifted to Wolverine, Echo, and Iron Man?" At least if he heard Echo talk to him that would have made some sense...

The series actually stops prematurely with Moon Knight quickly defeating such a powerful character and the detail that Bendis was putting in to set Moon Knight up as a West Coast avenging angel was all undone in the last few pages of the book. The last page, which has Marc Spector standing above a building looking out toward L.A. with his cloak thrown out in front of him, has him saying "If I learned anything from all this I'd rather die in a robot holocaust than spend another second in Hollywood." Hardly the ha-ha that Bendis might have thought it was and certainly a disappointing way to close out this story but one gets the feeling that they kind of had to or were forced to (my guess is the book didn't sell).

Maleev's art continues to recall Bill Siekiewicz's art on early Moon Knight but still lacks the punch that it needs. Overall the book, especially if you take volume 1 into consideration (issues 1-7; this volume contains the final 8-12), is okay but at least the initial set-up took it's time and showed some developing promise. Volume 2 just tries to quickly wrap things up and falls a bit flat.
HASH(0x8dbe512c) out of 5 stars Crazy in LA 10 Dec. 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Marc Spector aka Moon Knight continues his mission to bring down the kingpin of LA, the monocle-wearing, awesomely-named Count Nefaria. But MK isn't the kind of superhero who has powers to take down a powerful enemy like Nefaria on his own - enter the Avengers! Or are they? Marc does have schizophrenia and the superheroes do seem oddly involved in the events of his life...

This is the conclusion to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's mini-series on Moon Knight and it has been a fun trip. They've managed to reintroduce and reinvent the character to a new audience and make him a freshly appealing hero in the Marvel U. A lot of this has to do with Bendis' brilliant treatment of MK as a gung-ho schizo who sees people that aren't there. He's so lovably insane like a toned-down Deadpool that MK becomes an endearing character by the end of this book.

The last iteration of MK I read was Charlie Huston's who focused on making MK tortured and twisted - it was too dark, unpleasant and overly serious. Bendis takes a different tack, having MK acknowledge and embrace his craziness, using his split personalities to craft a more interesting story while providing some laughs along the way. It's a brilliant angle to take and really pays off, creating exciting and thrilling scenes with balanced moments of levity and even some pathos.

Maleev's art is great as always but he manages to make MK's costume seem less noticeable than previous versions which is quite a feat. It's not that he does anything different but David Finch's MK on the Charlie Huston run, while looking like a lot of Finch's stuff - in a word, AMAZING - definitely made his costume really stand out as a poor design choice. Bright white? It's striking but also looks really bad, strategically. Maleev's treatment, while not deviating much from the costume, makes less use of the swirling cape motif and removes the hood for long stretches of pages - it makes a positive difference to the presentation of MK and focuses the reader's attention more on the story than the prominent white figure in the panel.

This is a fun, solid mini-series featuring an oft-overlooked character given the spotlight by Marvel's best creative team, Bendis and Maleev. "Moon Knight, Vol 2" is even more entertaining than the batty first book and rounds out an excellent adventure story featuring a mentally handicapped loon you'll love after this series, Moon Knight.
HASH(0x8dbe52dc) out of 5 stars Decent follow-up to vol. 1 20 Jan. 2013
By ravl13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume is useless without you reading volume 1 prior, so make sure you read that before even considering volume 2.

Maleev's art is great as usual, HOWEVER in this volume, a lot of the action scenes make little sense sometimes -- it's like they're out of order. Like, even though you are reading the page correctly, it seems like the panels were drawn in 1, 3, 2 order. For example, Moon Knight and the bad guy leap towards each other in a panel. Cool. Next panel, Moon knight and the baddie are with their backs to each other, and Moon Knight has stabbed the baddie in the back. Err, ok. A couple panels later, the baddie shoots some eye-blasts. The very next panel after the eye blasts, Moon Knight is on all fours, completely fine, and not in any sort of dodge position at all (and in a very weird position, almost looking like he's in a relaxed pose for a swimsuit shoot). What the heck was the bad guy shooting at with his eye-beams, then?

Weird stuff like this during the action scenes really take the impact out of them, because they make no sense; you go back and rescan the panels, and they're still nonsensical.

Also, there's only 5 issues here for a cover price of $24.99. Volume 1 was 7 issues for $24.99. This is another Marvel price gouge book.

Still, the book does have some solid moments (which I will not shed light on in order to avoid any kind of spoilers), and if you liked volume 1, you probably should pick this up to resolve the storyline.
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