Moon Knight and Dead Boy Detectives

Thankfully, libraries have great comics collections these days. Sometimes I’ll go to my local one and pick up a few random Trade Paperbacks. There’s not necessarily an order to what’s on the shelves, but it’s a good opportunity to grab something I’ve been meaning to read for a while, or something that I’m curious about. My last two choices fall in to the latter category.

Moon Knight: Down South collects issues 26-30 which are the final issues of the 2006 series. I don’t know a lot about Moon Knight, and many compare him to the closest thing Marvel has to Batman, which is understandable.The character has been around since 1975 but has some things that set him apart from his fellow superheroes. Namely, his great white costume, the fact that he has multiple personalities (and secret identities!), and has  lunar/mystic theme to his identity and powers. I’ve read very little of the character, but I know the basics, but for anyone unfamiliar with Moon Knight, this will tell you what you need to know. Wiki will help too. There is a recap page which tells you about the events leading up to this, but essentially, MK is on the run and has “killed” one of his identities and is hiding out in Mexico.

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This was a surprisingly good read. Written by Mike Benson, and with art by Jefte Palo, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. MK hardly appears in costume, until the end, and despite the cover, The Punisher only shows up for a few pages too. Most of this tale is focused on Jake Lockley and a job he’s been given, to rescue a Mexican land mogul’s daughter from some corrupt cops. Everyone isn’t who they seem, and the two luchadore brothers are  a great addition, and have real personalities. They could’ve been an annoying gimmick, but Benson makes them work, and Palo grants them great visuals, plus the amazing covers of the original issues by Gabriele Dell’otto are included here. (Mexican wrestling masks, Kevlar vests, and big guns). This is grim, bloody (but not overly so) and mature. There are a lot of adult themes and blanked out profanity here, but it’s all a great reminder that Moon Knight is an interesting character, as hopefully his latest series launch by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey will show when it debuts in March.

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Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 Preview

On sale on September 2 is a new Moon Knight series, with a new man under the mask, and covers by Leinil Francis Yu, Alex Ross and a variant by Tim Sale.  Official skinny below.

The White Knight Strikes Back in Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1!

Revenge is a dish best served at night, and Moon Knight has a fresh serving for Norman Osborn in the extra-sized Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1! The red hot team of writer Gregg Hurwitz and artist Jerome Opeña unleash an all new Moon Knight on the streets of New York City with a flurry of high tech weaponry in his vengeful arsenal! Exiled by Osborn’s rise to power, how does Moon Knight bring law and order to Norman ’s Dark Reign? From whom did he acquire his stunning new armor? And does he still kill criminals? One thing’s for sure, there’s something very different about this Moon Knight! Don’t miss covers by Leinil Francis Yu, Alex Ross and Tim Sale!

Marvel urges retailers to check all orders of Vengeance of the Moon Knight as it continues to garner significant buzz from all corners before its release! Marc Spector might be gone, but Jake Lockely is back in town, and he has a bone to pick with Norman Osborn. With new weapons, a new vehicle, and a new attitude, the extra-sized Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 is a must read!

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