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Moon Knight is set to make his MCU debut on Disney+, but there are plenty of comics that have provided some memorable panels.
Once Disney and Marvel Studios revealed a portion of their plans post-Infinity Saga, Moon Knight was announced to be one of the forthcoming Disney+ TV shows to expand the overall MCU. Oscar Isaac is set to star as the titular superhero and has the potential to be one of the boldest properties this cinematic universe puts to screen given the action and Marc Spector/Moon Knight’s characteristics.
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He’s a darker and much more psychologically complex character than the MCU has typically shown and is also associated with supernatural elements. The comics have been good to him, as Moon Knight has had several talented writers and artists put together some engrossing stories that made for some memorable visuals and moments.
It’s definitely one of the most entertaining panels, and it actually takes place in Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski’s run on The Punisher. Issue #14, Baron Helmut Zero and the supervillain team Thunderbolts take their fight against Frank Castle to Manhatten–some of the most powerful characters Punisher would have to fight–and Black Widow tries to get together a team to help him. It’s the third to last issue in the War on the Streets arc, but he doesn’t take too kindly toward working in a team.
Moon Knight is one of the few who answered Natasha’s call and an entertaining bit of banter between him and the Punisher follows. Frank mocks the “imaginary god” that Marc follows, with the latter going for a particularly low blow. The character isn’t in “comedy” genre comic book series, but even he can provide some form of comedic relief. It’s a fun showcase of how Moon Knight can occasionally be morbidly funny.
Most recently, Marvel took to launching the first new run of Moon Knight since the 2017 series now with writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio. The timing seems right with the Disney+ series coming next year, and the critical consensus for the new comic book has been resoundingly positive so far. It continues exploring one of the fundamentals of the character in the form of his struggles with crimefighting while handling his personas forming his disassociative identity disorder.
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Despite overcoming and rejecting the cruel Khonshu, Marc Spector continues the work without the Moon-god as Moon Knight and the sleek Mr. Knight persona with his Midnight Mission congregation. It’s a new expansion of the character’s mythos, but Cappuccio’s striking, crisp, and slick artwork of the superhero welcoming a client into the Midnight Mission is already panel to remember, despite being so new as is.
The basis for Marc Spector’s superhero persona as Moon Knight was being rescued from death by the Egyptian Moon god Khonshu after being left to die as a mercenary in the desert. For a long time, Spector used this superhero identity to serve as Khonshu’s fist, helping enact justice for those looking to travel by the night. The supernatural and occult elements associated with him also seem like things the MCU will explore with their Disney+ Halloween Special on top of (presumably) Moon Knight.
Loyally serving an eerie god while struggling to come to terms with his own psychological turmoil make for some dark, but fascinating commentary. Writer Warren Ellis and artists Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire came in their run on Moon Knight to give some of the most haunting renditions of Khonshu. The ominous bird skeleton wearing formal attire gives off a horror-like atmosphere, and panels like these mixed with the gritty art style drive that feeling home, especially in scenes when Spector meets with him.
Moon Knight’s characteristics, themes, and tones of his stories make him one of the darker Marvel comic book characters like Daredevil but takes more brazen approaches to crimefighting. For instance, he doesn’t care much for sneaking up on the villains he targets. Rather, he relishes the thrill of the fear he inflicts on them, which is a testament to his Moon Knight suit–including Mr. Knight.
The stark, nearly blinding white of his costume is done for the purpose of announcing his arrival. Given that mindset, Shalvey and Bellaire once again provide beautiful imagery with their panel of the hero soaring across the page in a wonderfully massive and exaggerated cape taking the shape of the crescent moon, with the actual moon further up. The art gives an ethereal quality to it that’s fitting of the nocturnal character.
Lemire and Smallwood’s run finishes in an emotionally satisfying fashion, cementing its status as one of the hero’s best comic book runs. This story arc culminated in a major confrontation between all of Moon Knight’s identities and Khonshu. The Egyptian Moon deity has lorded over Marc Spector, appointing him as his fist and high priest, and commanding for his devotion.
Issue #14 was the final one in this series and represented a fantastic close to Moon Knight’s character arc here, as he realizes that having such blind faith in this god that doesn’t care for him will only hurt him more, accepting himself and growing as a person–or people. It’s a landmark scene and set of panels for Moon Knight, and one that fans will likely hope becomes just as pivotal in the Disney+ series. Smallwood’s art also does well in striking a grounded, noir-like style akin to Batman’s origin story in Year One by illustrated by David Mazzucchelli.
The popular consensus among fans seems to be that Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood (and again colorist Jordie Bellaire) had the best run on the character’s comics. It’s a story arc that gets incredibly intimate and introspective with Marc Spector, his inner fight to live with his fractured mind, and the state of his relationship with this harsh, callous moon god that anointed him as his knight.
The panels illustrated where Khonshu talks down condescendingly to Spector are so powerful for the tone it sets. By having each panel being shown from the first-person perspective and coupled with Smallwood’s pencils and Bellaire’s colors, it sets a dark, oppressive atmosphere demonstrating that, at this moment, Spector is effectively at the whim of Khonshu. It’s brutal but makes the finale of this series all the more cathartic.
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Guillermo Kurten is a journalism major at the University of Houston. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he now resides in Houston. He is a fan of pretty much anything involving nerd culture. Video games, comics, movies, TV, anime, manga, you name it. He also has experience writing about soccer, specifically, the German team Bayern Munich.


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