Lemire and Smallwood’s incredible run comes to a close as Marc Spector finally faces Khonshu.
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
It’s rare these days for a creative team to have such a clear and concise vision for a series. I mean that in the sense that Lemire and Smallwood had an idea for Moon Knight and didn’t hamper it by continuing after said idea was finished. Add to that, Marvel hasn’t hired another creative team. Moon Knight is over for the time being. That alone should show the respect Marvel is offering Lemire and Smallwood, and in turn, Moon Knight.
In a small number of issues Warren Ellis set the bar quite high for modern Moon Knight. While Cullen Bunn did a surprisingly good job following him, he never reached the heights of Ellis. I’m unsure if Lemire has either, but he gave it a damn good try.
As a self contained series of 14 issues it works great for new and old readers. The general confusion Marc Spector goes through can echo the confusion new readers will have over the continuity. Why are there three Moon Knights? Marc Spector doesn’t know either, so join the ride with him.
Lemire has done a great job pacing his story over the 14 issues. Every time the reader thinks they’ve learned something the subsequent issue makes them question themselves. This issue is no different. I don’t really know what happened to be honest. I have an inkling of what has occurred. I like that. I like that rereading is encouraged. I also like the scale of the story. It’s near cataclysmic with Spector trapped in the Overvoid but in ‘reality’ how much is actually happening.
I want Greg Smallwood on art duties for all small-scale heroes. His style is so perfect for this kind of story. The roughness in his lines contrasts with the cleanness of his faces. It all comes together so well to highlight Spector’s mindset.
And how could I not mention the star of the series: Jordie Bellaire. I’d argue she’s one of best (if not the best) colourist in contemporary comics. Moon Knight especially showcases her talents. The white gutters and vivid backgrounds compliment Spector’s white suit fantastically.
This is an issue and series you should pick up, if you care about comics at all.
Recommendation: pick up the issue