With a heavy heart the Arsenal has just found out that Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey will be ending their run on the highly acclaimed Moon Knight series after just six issues. This comes as a very disappointing bit of news as this iteration of Moon Knight has proven to be among the best Marvel’s ALL-New Marvel NOW lineup has produced.
Despite this, the series will continue as Brian Wood of X-Men, and Massive fame, plus artist Greg Smallwood of Dream Thief will take over Moon Knight in September.
For those unfamiliar with the character of Moon Knight, here’s some insight into Marc Spector the deeply troubled man known as Marvel’s Moon Knight.
Charlie Huston, writer of the 2006 re-launch of Moon Knight, ” The Bottom,” attempted to answer the criticism that Moon Knight is an ‘Poor Man’s’ Batman. The comparison is nowhere near baseless, as both Moon Knight and the Dark Knight are wealthy, “normal” humans that use gadgetry to fight crime.
Huston accepted that the two characters had their similarities, but went on to contrast the two by noting in particular differences in origin, motives, and personality. “Bruce Wayne”, he said, “fights crime to avenge the murders of his parents”, whereas Moon Knight “beats up whoever has it coming because he believes he is the avatar of the Egyptian god of vengeance and it helps him to feel better about all the people he killed when he was a mercenary.” Thus, while Batman is motivated by vengeance for wrong done to his parents, Marc Spector is motivated by vengeance as a concept. Huston further notes that Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter ego, takes on other personalities merely to aid in his fight. However, Moon Knight has three alter egos which aid him as much in dealing with personal demons as fighting law-breakers, and which have taken a further psychological toll of causing dissociative identity disorder. In the question of his sanity, Spider-Man often remarks that, “Moony. Rhymes with looney.”