This issue continues the string of one-shot stories, a welcome change from most books padded out, few issue too long arcs. “Angels” is one of the times I can see the argument about similarities between Moon Knight and Batman. Moon Knight has a lot of high-tech gadgets in this one, as he pursues what at first seems like a band of bad guys in flight suits who are randomly kidnaping people off the streets.
As the story progresses, it gets stranger, and the Batman similarities fall away. The flying thugs are not quite what they seem, and who they work for isn’t just another criminal mastermind. The last few pages have several surprises, and, while the issue works perfectly well as a one-shot story, there are some things that call to mind the problems Moon Knight has been having with his patron, Khonshu.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5. It deftly switches from a conventional superhero story to something a lot more complicated, and Bunn changes gears smoothly when he does it. I enjoyed the story as a stand alone ,and can see how it also fits in to the recent tales.
Art: The art on this book has been consistently good. I like how Moon Knight is drawn here, and his various gadgets are depicted nicely. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5 as well.
Positives: Moon Knight spends the entire issue in his hero costume, which is a bias of mine, I admit. The business suit with mask look really hasn’t grown on me. The elements near the end are good ones with some great lines, particularly Moon Knight’s final one.
Negatives: It’s been implied that Marc Spector lost his fortune. If so, and especially with his ties to the Avengers cut, I’d like to know how he’s affording the toys he uses here. Yeah, I’m one of the ones who wonder about stuff like that. Aside from that, it was a really nicely done issue.
Moon Knight remains a favorite of mine, and I’m hoping that he comes back after the Battleworld/Secret Wars event more or less unchanged.
Moon Knight #16
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: German Peralta
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire