By Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Moon Knight #6 marks the final issue for Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. Both have brought their own style and flare to the mythos of the character, and it has paid off wonderfully as this has been a refreshing take on Moon Knight. But the big question is, how will they send him off?
Ellis’ run has been great because it has been very subtle. The series is about Moon Knight, but it’s also about so much more. All the other characters that make up the series get their time to shine, and this issue we focus on police officer Ryan Trent. Ellis knows how to craft interesting characters. He’s done it his entire career and he continues the trend this issue. We begin to see Trent become obsessed with Moon Knight and what makes it work is the fact that nothing is forced. Trent’s spiral seems like a logical step for the character. Ellis also uses Moon Knight sparingly this issue, he’s probably only in one third of the book, which is a great testament to Ellis as a writer. The ending of this book is a classic as Moon Knight utters some words of wisdom before taking off into the night. A great issue that caps off a spectacular run on the title.
The art this issue is very moody and dark. Shalvey continues his trend of good work, as he uses shadows as often as possible. While there are a few panels that lack detail, it doesn’t detract from the issue much and shouldn’t ruin your enjoyment. Jordie Bellaire adds great depth to the story with her colors, which are always excellent. As Shalvey wraps up his work on this title, he gives us a final panel that really says it all, and it’s spectacular.
It’s sad to see this team end their run on the title because every issue has been great. Ellis, Shalvey and Bellaire were quite the team and can hopefully team up again sometime in the future. There are just certain characters that seem to fit with writers and Moon Knight is certainly a fit for Ellis. He may be walking away for now, but that doesn’t mean he’ll never be back. Thanks for the great arc guys. It was truly a pleasure.