Review: Moon Knight #17
The current run of Moon Knight is perhaps one of the most intriguing takes on the character in recent years. Although Moon Knight’s mental stability is often questioned, the series doesn’t so much as tell you that Moon Knight is insane, but it doesn’t exactly tell you he isn’t, either. The majority of the issues in this series of Moon Knight have been standalone stories that are absolutely fantastically written, and provide an excellent jumping on point with each issue.
Moon Knight #17 is no exception to that.
If you’re unfamiliar with the character, then Moon Knight believes himself to be the avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon and vengeance. He is a former mercenary, somewhat mentally unstable, and wears white so the bad guys can see him coming.
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Moon Knight, and I am very fond of this current series.
While I won’t go into any detail about the story, Cullen Bunn gives another well written story that excels because of Ron Atkins and Tom Palmer’s stunning artwork. I absolutely love how he crafts each scene, often being able to allow the story to tell itself without Cullen Bunn needing to overstate the narration. Dan Brown’s colouring continues the series tendency to leave Moon Knight colourless, which is a thing of genius; the white of his costume is pristine, and really helps the character stand out in each panel he is in.
Being a standalone story, there isn’t as much meat to it as perhaps there could be, nor is there any real continuing plot threads from issue to issue. In a climate of multi-issue event comics, and multiple tie-ins, and crossovers galore, Moon Knight is a breath of fresh air.
While this issue isn’t the best in the series (that title belongs to the Warren Ellis penned issue #5), it is still a brilliant comic that requires no knowledge of previous issues to enjoy it. Treat yourself to Moon Knight #17. It’s a good read with some excellent artwork.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Ron Atkins and Tom Palmer Colors: Dan Brown
Story: 8.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
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