Moon Knight #10 - Untitled - Bendis, Maleev and Hollingsworth
Story - Everybody knows that I'm one of Brian Michael Bendis' most ardent fans, especially on this board, where he is hated really rather disproportionately. So it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed this issue of Moon Knight just as much as I have enjoyed every other issue, and pretty much everything else Bendis has done (I didn't especially like his Ultimate X-Men, and Mighty Avengers dragged a bit, so I'm not a total mark). It's actually quite hard to write a review of just one issue of Bendis' Moon Knight, because it really is one big 12-issue story with each issue running into the next.
But this one does pick up with a big moment, which is the death of Echo. At the end of #9 Echo was blasted by one of Count Nefaria's lasers or ionic beams or whatever, and it looked like she was dead, but of course, this is comics, so you never can be sure. This issue confirmed that, yep she is dead, and set Moon Knight on a final collision course with Nefaria.
Bendis is building up to a massive finale here, and it's complicated even more by the involvement of Madame Masque, who is of course Nefaria's daughter. The scene where Masque breaks into Echo's autopsy was brilliant, I've always liked the character as a part of the Iron Man universe, and it's very cool to see her show up outside of her element in Moon Knight. That's actually been one of the great pleasures of this series, it's another side of the Marvel Universe and we're seeing a lot of characters in new lights. I wonder if Masque's boyfriend the Hood will show up? I want Bendis to have him appear just to piss people off!
This issue was another very strong issue of Moon Knight, with some very stylish sequences and evocative depictions of nightmares, but really, it's just another step towards #11 and #12. This is one story, and one part of it is just as good as another.
Art - Alex Maleev and Bendis are pretty much the perfect combination, they've reached that stage where their collaboration is pretty much seamless, it's almost one vision, and reading anything they do, just like anything Brubaker/Phillips or any other partnership do, is a joy. Maleev can do the realistic police scenes, as well as the lurid nightmares, as well as superhero action. It's just good stuff. I can't wait for what they do next, and of course, for when Scarlet returns.
Best Line - 'You have Moon Knight in custody. And you didn't think to print him'