Monday, January 9, 2017

Moon Knight #10 Review - Marvel Monday

Come To Me Marc

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Greg Smallwood, Jordie Bellaire and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Review by: Josh Vermillion

I can’t get enough of this book. I look forward to it every month in hopes of figuring out exactly where it’s heading. So far, Jeff Lemire hasn’t given me much to go on, but I’m confident that he’ll wrap it up into a complete story by the time he’s done writing this book. We’re starting the “Death and Birth” arc, so let’s see what kind of craziness Lemire has in store for us this month.

The last issue let the reader know that Steven Grant is the persona that has been around the longest, so we start this issue off by seeing the first time Marc “met” Steven. We already know that Steven is just one persona floating around inside Marc Spector’s head, but seeing how he came about is a nice addition to Moon Knight’s history. We even see the basis for his pilot fighting werewolves in space persona in the pictures Marc draws and the toys in his room.

Marc’s father takes him to see a psychiatrist, who discusses a possible treatment plan of heavy medication for Marc. When asked to wait outside, we see Khonshu, in full white suit and bird mode, appear and tell Marc that one day they will meet and Marc will be complete. This is something that changes the entire Moon Knight mythos, as it seems that Marc was always destined to become Moon Knight. I guess we’ll find out soon enough whether this is a real memory or just something Khonshu has put in Marc’s head.

Interspersed with these flashbacks are sections of Mr. Knight going through New Egypt in an attempt to get to Khonshu and kill him. After eating at Gena’s Diner, he goes back to free Crawley’s soul from Anubis. In order to do so, Marc has to travel into the Overvoid to retrieve… something. Anubis doesn’t tell Marc what he’s looking for, simply that he will know it when he sees it.

As Marc dives into the Overvoid to look, we get a montage of doctors trying to treat him over the years, first with medicine and then with shock therapy. Mr. Knight eventually lands in a strange realm with floating pyramids and a man riding a giant bug about to spear him. Don’t ask me what that means, because I don’t really know but I can’t wait to find out.

Greg Smallwood’s art has a certain simplicity to it that contrasts the mind-bending story perfectly. His panel layout and use of white space isn’t something you see too often, but he pulls it off brilliantly.

This may have been a setup issue, but I’m pumped to see what it’s setting up. Jeff Lemire may not be giving us answers any time soon, but what he does give us is enough to keep me hooked on this book.

Bits and Pieces:

Jeff Lemire continues his trippy, long-form story by giving us a glimpse at a young Marc Spector. I’ve loved every issue so far, and I can’t wait to see where Lemire takes this book next.


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