Monday, April 24, 2017

Moon Knight #13 - Marvel Monday

Are You Ready?

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by:Greg Smallwood, Jordie Bellaire and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Well reader, I’m sad. Very, very sad. This series is almost over and I’m really not happy about it. With two issues left in this insane story, I can’t wait to jump in and see where Jeff Lemire takes Marc and the rest of personalities this month.

Throughout this entire Death and Birth arc, we’ve been getting a story from Marc’s past interspersed with his current time hunting down Khonshu and trying to take control of his life again. So instead of jumping around back and forth between the two stories, I’ll go through each one separately. Let’s start with the past.

Back “some years ago,” Marc is on a mission in Egypt with the Bushman to find a recently discovered pharaoh’s tomb that turns out to be the tomb of Khonshu. Marc, Frenchie, the Bushman, and his crew show up to the campsite of Marlene and her father and start trying to get them to take them to the tomb. Bushman murders Marlene’s father, which doesn’t go over very well with Marc.

Marc punches Bushman, who gets pissed and starts beating the hell out of Marc for turning on him. Bushman orders his men to kill everyone in the camp except Marlene and a man named Ahmed that agrees to take them to the tomb. They order Frenchie to fly them away and leave Marc for dead.

In the Overvoid, Marc thanks Anubis for the ride and says goodbye to Crawley before taking off to confront Khonshu. As he walks back towards the insane asylum from the first story arc, Khonshu thanks Marc for coming back to him. The hallway Marc is walking through turns into an image of him walking across his own weak mind and being sucked inside.

Inside of his own mind, Marc finds an aspect of Khonshu in the form of a big, glowing eye. Khonshu tempts Marc to embrace the eye and feel the power, but he resists and throws a moon dart at the eye, making it explode. After this Marc pushes his way out through his mind and back into the Overvoid underneath the insane asylum. Marc makes his way back up inside and prepares to take on Khonshu.

I don’t know what else to say about this book that I haven’t already said. The storytelling is great. The art is great. Everything is great. Greg Smallwood’s use of panel layouts and white space is just as awesome as it was in the first issue, and he even manages to put some images inside of a “Wham” at one point. This book really is awesome.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Moon Knight is even crazier than the rest of the series has been, and it’s still great. While it’s a really quick read and full of set-up for the big ending I’m excited as hell to see how this story gets wrapped up.


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