Moon Knight #1 Comic Review

Marvel’s Moon Knight #1 offers new allies, new enemies, and new questions for The Fist of Khonshu in an overall impressive first issue.

Moon Knight #1 is a slick, stylish powerhouse of a debut from the new creative team behind the Fist of Khonshu. Writer Jed MacKay, artist Alessandro Cappuccio, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Cory Petit make Moon Knight #1 the perfect jumping-off point for readers looking to catch up with Marc Spector before the Disney+ series debuts. Bold, grizzly, but injected with plenty of trademark Moon Knight sarcasm, MacKay, Cappuccio, and Rosenberg’s first issue strikes just the right tone for what should be a memorable run.

Moon Knight #1 beautifully lays out the character’s backstory for those who may be unfamiliar with Spector, while laying a phenomenal foundation for what twists and turns lie ahead. With tight dialogue and sharp visuals, Moon Knight #1 seems more than capable of proving once again why this relatively unknown Marvel mask deserves a series all his own.

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Off the bat, this debut issue covers a lot of ground. That being said, MacKay’s wonderfully subtle script manages not to feel too overburdened with context. Even during its loudest moments, the issue has an easygoing swagger that not many titles can easily attain. In part, because the character lends himself so brilliantly to the understated suave of a crime-noir, but recognition must be given to an excellent script that pushes and pulls with sharpened expertise that blends perfectly with a nonchalant stoicism of its leading character.

Visually, the issue has a sharpness that complements its dark tone — and certainly accents Moon Knight’s many classic looks. Cappuccio’s acute character designs stand out wonderfully against the gritty, stylized streets of New York. The pages seamlessly shift in tone between quiet, contemplative moments and boisterous, dynamic fight scenes. All in all, this is a return to form for Moon Knight, rather than an update. And visually Marc Spector’s homecoming hits all the right notes. Rosenberg’s smooth, solid color work and incredibly creative use of colors depict dynamic moods at just the right emotional beats in MacKay’s story.

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There certainly looks to be a lot on the horizon for the Fist of Khonshu. With a few new faces entering Spector’s life, and not all of them friendly, the future of MacKay, Cappuccio, and Rosenberg’s Moon Knight run is wide open. Rather than start fresh, as many debuts are want to do, Moon Knight #1 embraces the complex twists and turns of Marc Spector’s past with relish, and promises to incorporate them — rather than ignore the contradictions that have cropped up throughout his adventures. The title bites off an impressive amount in its first outing, both thematically and narratively, but the confidence with which it does so makes it clear that the creative team feels more than up to the challenge.

Moon Knight #1 is recommended for Marvel fans looking to take part in the adventures of the Fist of Khonshu ahead of his upcoming live-action series debut. However, fans new, old, and everywhere in between should pick up Moon Knight #1 for its promising future adventures.

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