Monday, November 13, 2017

Moon Knight #188 Review - Marvel Monday

Moon Knight 188

Written by: Max Bemis
Art by: Jacen Burrows
Colors by: Mat Lopes
Letters by: VC's Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: November 8, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Reviewed by: Christopher Hyden

In The Court of the Crimson King

I have never read an issue of Moon Knight before. There I said it. You may be thinking to yourself “That's crazy, how can you be qualified to review an issue?” Crazy. Yeah that sounds about right. I think this book expects no less. So strap yourself into your restraints and prepare to be cleansed in fire.

The issue opens in Ravencroft Asylum with psychiatrist Dr. Emmett treating a Patient 86, a former soldier who attributes pyromania to a leap of faith. You see Patient 86 found god in the Army. I don't mean in the typical sense of an epiphany, 86's god appeared to him in fire. I don't think I have to connect the dots for you here. Pretty standard “Have you heard the good news? Hold on let me get my blowtorch.” kind of stuff.

Dr. Emmett thinks she has a case parallel to the case of one Marc Spector aka Moon Knight. She begins teaching Patient 86 Egyptian mythology hoping to impart the aspect of Khonshu. Patient 86 reacts well to the therapy and Dr. Emmett believes 86 is close to a breakthrough. When Dr. Emmett returns the next day she discovers, to her horror, that Patient 86 is not Khonshu but Amen Ra. The sun god reveals his fiery aspect to Dr. Emmett as he proclaims his wrath for Khonshu and the world.

The issue closes with Ravencroft Asylum engulfed in flame. First Responders are amazed to discover a survivor among the debris. The burned husk of Dr. Emmett still breathes life, spared by the mad god, his mercy for the first of his believers.

Bits and Pieces

What an introduction to this series! I have to say that it's a good read despite the titular character's absence. The art was very well done (and what a beautiful cover!). I feel confident in saying we can look forward to a good looking book going forward. We get a very good introduction to what I expect to be a major villain going forward and I can't wait to continue the ride.


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