Monday, November 7, 2016

Moon Knight #8 Review

I’m All Mixed Up, Marlene

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Francesco Francavilla, Wifredo Torres, James Stokoe and Greg Smallwood
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 2, 2016

Review by: Josh Vermillion

I’m a DC guy. I enjoy the occasional Marvel book and I’m a big fan of their movies, but for the most part I read DC comics. That being said, I haven’t read anything from any company that is as good as Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight. This guy can weave a tale with the best of them. Marvel should get off the Bendis bandwagon and let this guy write an event. As long as that doesn’t take him away from this book that is.

Normally I like to go through and tell you what’s going on in the books but honestly, I’m not even sure that I know exactly what happens in this one. We spend the entire issue cycling through the different personas that make up Marc Spector. Between Jake Lockley the cab driver/Moon Knight, Steven Grant the movie producer, and Marc the space pilot, it’s hard to get lost in the intricacies of the story. I know, that sounds really confusing and hard to read. Just give it a chance.

Not only are the three personas separate in the story, but sometimes they’re also interweaved with each other, like when Jake Lockley is actually just a character in Steven Grant’s movie, but he’s also having flashes of his time on the moon as Marc Spector. It amazes me the way Lemire treats all of Marc’s personas as different characters, but manages to make them just enough alike to confuse you.

This is truly one of the most interesting mysteries I’ve ever encountered, whether it’s in comics, TV shows, movies, or novels. And the cliffhanger just gets me that much more excited to see how it’s all going to be tied together. Marc, Jake, Steven, Moon Knight, Mr. Knight. I don’t know how they’re all going to come together to bring this back to a coherent story but damn am I psyched to find out.

I’ve been waiting to have Greg Smallwood back on this book and even though he only gets one page, it’s an awesome page. The team of Smallwood, Francesco Francavilla, Wifredo Torres, and James Stokoe all have such diverse styles that work so well with the different personas that are taking the forefront at the time. I really can’t find a problem with anything in this book. If only it was a bi-weekly.

Bits and Pieces:

Call it a cliché, but I really can’t wait until next month. This book is so good. The story is confusing as hell but also intriguing as hell. I only wish DC had this book so it could come out twice a month. I say it every month, but you really need to pick this up.


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