“The Age of Khonshu” begins in Avengers #33 as Moon Knight takes on the Avengers. It’s a solid return of the series giving a fresh start after time off and providing a perfect jumping-on point. Avengers #33 is exactly that, a perfect spot to start reading the series. That’s for both lapsed readers and new readers. There is nothing you need to know coming into this comic.
The issue is very simple, Moon Knight whips some butt as he gathers power for something. We don’t know what and there’s not a whole lot of explanation. Writer Jason Aaron keeps the comic focused and repetitive in a way. Each Avenger is taken by surprise and shocked by Moon Knight’s actions. Rinse. Repeat. But, by doing so, Aaron also keeps the reader on the edge as we don’t know what’s going on. Isn’t Moon Knight a good guy?
There’s teases as to why he might be committing his actions. Is he suffering another mental breakdown? Is he trying to save the planet? All we know is he displays abilities he never has before. The concept of “moon” and Moon Knight’s tie to it feels like it’s expanded for the better. We’re also given a nice variety of Avengers he takes on showing that Moon Knight’s abilities and power has expanded in numerous ways. He’s not just good at combat but also magic.
Aaron also makes sure to deliver some tender moments like when Black Panther walks into the fire ceding control of the team to another. It’s a shocking moment as we the reader realize just how strong Moon Knight has gotten that even a King and someone of Black Panther’s ability is resigned to the fact he’ll likely lose.
Artist Javier Garrón delivers solid action throughout. Along with colorist Jason Keith and letterer Cory Petit the action feels like it evolves in a way throughout the comic as Moon Knight evolves. The opening sequence of Moon Knight vs. Iron Fist is fantastic with at times what feels like manga inspired flair but it also never goes over the top with it to the point the art doesn’t feel like the Avengers or Marvel.
The issue is a solid starting point. While there’s not a ton to the comic itself, it has numerous shocking moments as Moon Knight makes quick work of the Avengers for some goal. It’s an unexpected direction for the character and series and one that also feels welcome in many ways. Moon Knight has always played second tier with times of “indie cred” and it looks like now’s his time to be in the spotlight.
Story: Jason Aaron Art: Javier Garrón Color: Jason Keith Letterer: Cory Petit Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 18, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THE FALL OF ALL-FATHER THOR!
Valkyrie and Thor have discovered a vast and terrible secret buried deep in the Earth, one that has haunted Asgard for eons. The R kkva, a magic older than the gods, has broken free from its long prison. And one man seeks to turn it to his own gain. He just needs to get rid of Valkyrie first – and what better way than at the hands of Thor?!
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
EARTH’S MIGHTIEST VILLAINS!
What do the King of Atlantis, the Lord of the Vampires, the deposed duke of Hell, a mysterious Russian assassin and the secret boss of Washington, D.C.’s greatest super-team have in common? They all really hate the Avengers. And so there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest villains found themselves united against a common threat.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) More (A/CA) Gerardo Zaffino Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 26, 2020 SRP: $4.99
THE TEMPTATION OF ANTHONY STARK!
Special Oversized Issue! Trapped in an icy cave at the dawn of time, Tony Stark has lost most of his armor and a good chunk of his mind. And tonight when the sun goes down and the devil comes round again, Iron Man may very well lose whatever’s left of his soul. A dark tale of hell and ice and iron, unlike any Golden Avenger story you’ve ever read, featuring the gorgeously gritty visuals of guest artist Gerardo Zaffino (CONAN THE BARBARIAN).
(W) Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk (A) CAFU (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 19, 2020 SRP: $3.99
ODE TO THE DEATH OF MIDGARD!
When Earth erupts with a cancerous contagion, it’s up to Jane to find the cure. But it’ll take more than her medical knowledge to fight off this infection. The source is buried deep in Asgardian legend – the sort only a king would know. Valkyrie finally joins forces with the All-Father of Asgard in a fight for the entire planet!
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness (CA) Mico Suayan Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 29, 2020 SRP: $3.99
STARBRAND REBORN Conclusion: WHO WILL BE BRANDED?
In a Shi’ar space prison the size of a galaxy, the cosmic war for the Starbrand super weapon comes to its cataclysmic conclusion. Who is the shocking new wielder of the Starbrand? And will they survive long enough to control the epic planet-melting power at their disposal? Not if Gladiator of the Shi’ar has anything to say about it. But the space-ravaged Avengers will have a thing or two to say about it too. Including Brood Thor, Captain Corsair, the War Widow, the new-look She-Hulk and Blade… as you’ve never seen him before!
(W) Jason Aaron, Al Ewing (A) Pere Perez (CA) Mahmud A. Asrar Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 15, 2020 SRP: $3.99
TIME OF DEATH: NOW!
Valkyrie teams up with Marvel’s Mightiest Medics to save the life of the ultimate patient – Death herself! With a universal force on the cosmic operating table, the end of everything is one slip of the scalpel away… but has one of Jane’s surgical team forgotten their Hippocratic Oath?
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 15, 2020 SRP: $3.99
STARBRAND REBORN Part Three: THE RISE OF THE WAR WIDOW
The battle for the Starbrand heats up like a supernova, as Captain Marvel goes toe to toe with Firelord, Ghost Rider races the Silver Surfer and Brood Thor… tries to eat the Avengers. Meanwhile the Black Widow kicks much butt in outer space with a bold new weapon in her arsenal. That’s right, the Black Widow + the War Machine armor = the all-new, all-deadly War Widow.
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