REVIEW CORNER: Moon Knight # 1

Moon Knight # 1
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller: Bill Sienkiewicz
Inkers: Bill Sienkiewicz & Franki Sienkiewicz
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Date: November 1980

This week, I’ll take a look at Moon Knight # 1, MK’s first-ever solo series.

So this issue starts off the same way most Marvel comics do as we get MK’S origin story. Marc Spector is shocked to his core when Raoul Bushman (A recurring enemy of MK) kills an archeologist named Dr. Alraune in front of his daughter, Marlene; When Bushman leaves Spector for dead, he soon finds himself in front of a statue of the Egyptian moon god known as Khonshu which revives him so that he can redeem himself all while protecting the innocent.

After taking the guise of Moon Knight, Spector heads out to get vengeance on Bushman in a battle that just comes and goes but delivers in providing such little fanfare. Yes, I can concur that MK’s origin was completely rushed and there was little to no built-up to his showdown with Bushman. Bill Sienkiewicz’s artwork has that Neal Adams flair to it but I also like how his work on this title is more polished than his run on “New Mutants”

However, I did enjoy how we got an inside look at MK’s identities such as businessman Steven Grant, cab driver Jake Lockey and of course, local mercenary Marc Spector; This issue was a great read and I felt like Doug Moench (Who is without a doubt the driving force behind Moon Knight) could have stretched out Marc Spector’s road to becoming Moon Knight, but I feel that the audience of that era preferred the old “getting from point A to point B” tactic that this story presented which isn’t a good thing because all comic book fans prefer to read a story that presented in its whole but in this case, what we read and saw is what we got, and decades later that’s more than enough.

Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back with another Moon Knight review. This time, I’ll take a look at MK’s 90s adventures. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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