By Mike Benson (Writer), Mark Texeira (Art), Javier Saltares (Layouts), and Dan Brown (Colors)
Some Thoughts Before The Review: Probably the best thing that I can say about “The Death of Marc Spector” is that it has turned from being a story I was reading to get a Thunderbolts fix into something I have been more than happy to pick up. As only a casual fan of the character, the latest Moon Knight arc has done a nice job drawing me into his gritty world and interesting relationships. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up sticking around even after I finish reading about Marc Spector’s “death.”
The Story: It’s Bullseye Vs. Moon Knight in a brutal game of cat and mouse as “The Death of Marc Spector” concludes. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so that’s about as much plot detail as you are going to get from me; understandable I hope, considering the nature of the arc.
What’s Good: As far as comic book deaths go, the situation surrounding Marc Spector is surprisingly satisfying. The action-packed fight between Moon Knight and Bullseye that takes up the majority of the issue is one of the better one on one battles in recent memory and the conclusion, thankfully, has some finality to it. In short, Moon Knight #25 delivers quite well considering the story it tells.
What’s Not So Good: While I think Mark Texeira’s art style fits the tone and nature of Moon Knight extremely well, sometimes the overly rough pencils are a distraction. Couple that with a few panels where body proportions seem out of whack and you have a book that is stylish, but, ultimately, pretty uneven. Another thing that is uneven is Mike Benson’s handling of Bullseye. The trash talk from Bullseye is a blast to read for the most part, but every so often it garners a roll of the eyes for being either a bit too much or downright hokey.
Conclusion: While a few of the technical aspects keep the latest issue of Moon Knight from a higher score, I definitely enjoyed my time with it.