By Gregg Hurwitz (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Dan Brown (colorist)
The Story: Marc Spector, now living as one of his split personalities, has a meeting of the (unstable) minds with the Sentry before laying the smackdown on the Slug. Norma Osborn, thoroughly upset that the White Knight has come back to New York City, conspires with the Hood and the Profile to resurrect Moon Knight’s greatest nemesis and most tragic loss.
The Good: Despite having the most deceptive cover I’ve ever seen, the confrontation between Moon Knight and Sentry went much better than I expected. Forgoing any kind of physical battle, which would have been utterly foolish to attempt, Hurwitz instead stages this scene as an extended conversation between two highly unstable heroes. Played along those lines, it actually makes a lot of sense and adds deeper layers of characterization to both characters. Opena’s art continues to grow and flourish, and I was really surprised to see that his quieter, character-driven moments were just as engaging as his action scenes. Opena has a wonderful eye for Marvel’s grittier, urban characters and it really shows on a book like this. As for the man in white, Hurwitz and Opena are doing an admirable job chronicling Moon Knight’s path to redemption. As Lockley picks up the various pieces of his life and refines his crime fighting style, it becomes clear that this is a man desperately trying to overcome the demons that have consumed him for so many years, and that makes for a wonderful reading experience.
The Not So Good: I have lost all interest in Khonshu’s continued presence in this book, even if he is a diminutive, skeletal bird-headed scamp running around trying to tell Moon Knight what to do. I understand that Spector/Lockely is still somewhat struggling to overcome the violent tendencies his patron admired, but I feel like the is story is fast losing steam, and I’m more than ready to see Lockely shed Khonshu’s influence once and for all and get on with becoming a hero. Also, what’s the deal with the Slug? I mean, really, in the current climate where the villains are now in charge, the best Moon Knight can do for himself is taking down the fattest, most defenseless bastard in the Marvel Universe? Not exactly the most surefire way for him to work his way back up to the ranks of the superhero elite, you know what I mean? Finally, I remain skeptical of the ending of this issue. What I think he’s going to attempt here in some ways is nothing less than a total negation of catalyst this series was based on, but then again he surprised me with his treatment of the Sentry, so I’m hoping he do it again next month as well.
Conclusion: Vengeance of the Moon Knight is moving along at a good pace and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.