Cullen Bunn has been playing up the mystic side of Moon Knight, and doing a great job of it. He’s shown several different aspects of the relationship between Khonshu and Marc Spector, the Moon’s Knight. A god can have many faces, and his worshippers, their own interpretations.
Spector goes undercover at a very sinister organization that works with the homeless. It’s not really helping them, it’s organizing them into a more effective begging army, bringing them revenue. They not only beg, the group is also backing armed robbers. The big shock is in the back room, where there are human sacrifices being made.
The big fight goes down between Spector and a woman with some fairly impressive powers and pets. She’s very striking looking, and gives Moon Knight a run for his money. The end of the issue has a very battered Moon Knight being helped away from the area by someone he’s known a very long time.
Plot: I’ll give this a 4 out of 5 for plot. The idea is clever, and Bunn is doing a lot of good work with this character. Moon Knight has a lot of different sides to him, but the mystic relationship with Khonshu is what sets him apart from the many other costumed vigilantes.
Art: The art is really nicely done. The woman Spector fights goes through several changes, and the artist conveys them really well. I’ll give the art a solid 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The idea of this issue is creative and different. I really like how Bunn is playing up Moon Knight’s more esoteric aspects. The art was great, very fitting for the story.
Negatives: Marc took a hell of a beating this issue, with some serious wounds. He’s actually been getting beaten on a lot. None of the wounds seems to linger. I’d like them to either come out and say Khonshu is providing some healing, or keep track a little better.
Overall, I’m really enjoying this book, and think they are doing a great job with all the different faces of Moon Knight. I really hope they manage to keep it going, despite everything being cancelled during the Secret Wars/Battleworld event.
Moon Knight #17
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Ron Ackins, Tom Palmer with Walden Wong
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire