Moon Knight Volume 1: From the Dead (Moon Knight (Numbered)) Paperback – 14 Oct 2014
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About the Author
Warren Girard Ellis (born 16 February 1968) is an English author of comics, novels, and television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence and through his writing, which covers transhumanist themes (most notably nanotechnology, cryonics, mind transfer, and human enhancement). He is a resident of Southend-on-Sea, England.
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Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, has always been a complicated character. He was this scavenger/mercenary type who finally found a conscience and was murdered for it. Dying in front of the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, he was resurrected as Khonshu’s avatar of justice: Moon Knight. But he’s also had severe mental problems, often sharing his head with multiple personalities, like in Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s recent two-volume MK run where Marc believed he was also Captain America, Wolverine and Spider-Man!
For this new series, Warren Ellis has done a bit of a clear-up for the character, jettisoning a lot of extraneous material and putting in place a solid definition of Moon Knight. Firstly, he takes the character back to the East coast, away from LA, and puts a pin in the mental problems. They’re still there but not so pronounced and there are no tedious sequences where a “tortured” Moon Knight looks up at the moon and whines “Whyyyyyyy meeeeee?” over and over.
He’s still got the multiple personalities though. Here he’s Moon Knight, the traditional Egyptian-themed superhero, and Mr Knight, a more street level character who looks like Elijah Snow from Planetary (stylish white suit), who consults with police on homicides. Who also has an automated white car with personalised number plates and a drone/glider. In this series, he investigates a series of supernatural-themed crimes in New York City.
Ellis applies his tried and true method of the one-shot series that he’s used before in Global Frequency and Secret Avengers (where Moon Knight was also a member) with each issue being its own self-contained story. And, to be honest, the stories aren’t that original.Read more ›
We first meet ‘Mr. Knight’, a man in a white suit with a white bag over his head travelling in a white stretch limousine, who shows up at crime scenes to carries out a Sherlockian analysis for the attending police, before descending into the tunnels below the city to confront the villain. We later see a more traditional Moon Knight character, travelling underneath a drone for aerial support, and later a figure encased in Ancient Egyptian artefacts for fighting ghosts. As the stories progress, we are told more about Marc Spector’s past – as the various characters perceive it – and meet a number of previous team-members who have put their past behind them and moved on to new and normal lives. There are a few new(?Read more ›
Warren Ellis is what they call a ‘fan-favourite’ writer and he came to this volume of Moon Knight with a great deal of hyperbole and it is certainly fair to say he breathed new life into this many-times-failed Batman-lite concept.
That new life is not necessarily everyone’s taste, there’s alot of violence, quite a bit of blood, not alot of dialogue and an awful lot unsaid.
Indeed this is dangerously close to ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ in apparently being universally lauded but pretty unsubstantial in reality.
The various aspects of our hero may or may not be due to the Egyptian God Khonshu or due to a mental condition or some combination of both. An awful lot seems to be left to the reader to decide in their own mind and that may or may not appeal to many.
The art is interesting and engaging and there may well be promise of some development to come ...or maybe not.
As a sampling of a concept this is a quality collection but as volume one of an ongoing narrative it is a tad weak.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warren Ellis dips into his drawer of rejected plots for Planetary and Global Frequency and wraps Moon Knight around them. Actually, at least one of them isn't a reject... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Great and Terrible Oz
This was my first attempt at reading Moon Knight.
I love the character and the art work in this book. I will probably continue and read the other volumes of this series.
this was a brilliant book and I enjoyed it immensely was definitely one of the best Moon Knight runs yetPublished 7 months ago
Beautiful artwork and a gripping story. Marc Spector is fast becoming one of my favourite super heroes.Published 8 months ago by Jack Cliff
I normally avoid getting my hopes up about books surrounded with a lot of hype, but this book lives up to its praise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cheese time
I really liked this! Just enough of a re-imagining to keep this interesting - his strengths, his weaknesses and his possibilities, while still retaining enough of the core... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr W Wilson
Expected a different Moon Knight. Interesting premise for explanation of Mark Spectre's behaviour.Published 15 months ago by Tedious