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Moon Knight #9

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By Brian Wood, Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire

Moon Knight is a character that has had several series in the past and they have all ended for one reason or another. When a writer like Brian Michael Bendis and an artist like David Finch work on a book, it’s clearly a character Marvel wants to push. Success was recently found with Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s take, which featured stand-alone issues. Brian Wood has taken over the reins and looks to continue the success of the current series.

Even though Warren Ellis’ run lasted only six issues, it is considered one of the best for Moon Knight. Brian Wood has modeled his style of writing for Moon Knight in a similar manner and it has paid off. This issue feels like it hasn’t skipped a beat and it’s difficult to tell that Ellis even left. Wood succeeds in delving into the psychological in this issue as we see Marc and his doctor each take a trip to past moments. Wood offers a trippy tale that develops Marc’s character a little as he deals with some regrets, but he also stands behind his convictions. As a reader we begin to question what is real and what isn’t. This is a huge credit to Wood for his fine script.

The art is handled by Greg Smallwood with colors by Jordie Bellaire. Like Wood, Smallwood’s art is similar to Declan Shalvey’s. There are bunches of small panels on a page that add up to a large picture or show several action scenes. Another cool thing Smallwood does is the use of wide-screen panels. This makes the reading experience feel like you’re watching a movie. The colors by Jordie Bellaire are awesome, just like all of her work. We get a vintage vibe with lots of light and bright colors that enhance the flashback scenes. This was a well drawn and colored issue with much praise going to Smallwood and Bellaire.

It’s odd to say, but Moon Knight has not dropped off in quality in any department since the new creative team has taken over. Everyone involved is doing great work and continues to make this an excellent book. Brian Wood is really impressive with his writing and the art and colors feel very natural with the story. Another great issue in what has to be considered one of Marvel’s most underrated books.

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