Moon Knight #1 feels familiar in many ways. With Marc Spector being confined to an asylum that’s populated by at least two very recognizable characters; recognizable not because they’re cameos of existing Marvel characters, but because you’ve seen them before in so many other stories that feature some kind of institution. At times these tropes feel over used, and the stereotypes present feel like a check list from some of the best parts of psych ward scenes from the world at large.
And yet, I’m wondering if that was intentional.
Jeff Lemire is a name that you can trust, and while it’s certainly possible that this comic may just not be one of his best, I think (hope?) that Lemire may be building on our familiarity with the above mentioned stereotypes for a payoff a few issues in.
Of course, I could be wrong.
One of my favourite aspects of Moon Knight #1 is the art, specifically the way the pages are laid out. The previous run of Moon Knight also had some fantastic page layouts and colour work, and I’m happy to see that continue here. Greg Smallwood‘s art is pretty solid here, but the way he’s laid out his pages is visually striking, and coupled with Jordie Bellaire‘s use of white in the colouring of this issue combines to give us a genuinely interesting comic that where the art more than makes up for the short comings in the writing.
Overall this is a decent start to the series, but there is still certainly room for improvement.
Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Greg Smallwood Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 7 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Previously posted on Graphic Policy