Another awesome issue of this new Moon Knight series. After only 2 issues, this book is starting to remind me of a superheroic version of one of my all-time favourite Warren Ellis books, the brilliant Fell. Ellis and Templesmith keep saying that more Fell is coming, but even if doesn’t, we still have this awesomeness to take it’s place.
The issue begins with a fantastic 8-page opening sequence, where 8 different people are assassinated by an unseen Sniper. The page is divided into an 8-panel grid, and as each person is killed, their panel disappears, leaving a blank space, which is either left empty, or filled with the intriguing narration explaining why this is happening. I love the way the pages just get emptier and emptier, until there’s just one panel left surrounded by white. Such a cool technique, and one I haven’t seen before.
After this, Moon Knight finally swings into action as he tries to take down the Sniper. This fight is pretty much wordless, and it is great stuff. Ellis is really trusting Shalvey to tell a lot of the story here, and he has earned that trust for sure. In this issue, Moon Knight is wearing his more traditional superhero costume, which means that there’s less of the cool technique from last issue where it was left all white, but it’s still there, and whilst it’s weird to praise Jordie Bellaire for colouring she isn’t doing, it looks fantastic. Moon Knight corners the Sniper, who tells the full story, he was a hired mercenary who was left to die in a foreign country, whilst the people who sent him there left that ‘security’ company and got cushy new jobs on Wall Street, so he’s out for revenge.
The issue ends with the Sniper being shot dead by the 9th member of this team, who says that basically, the power has shifted from war and guns… to money. The final line here is ‘the bank always wins’, and man, it’s chilling. This book is unlike anything else out there, and I love it. This issue didn’t really feature Moon Knight at all, he was just there to fight the Sniper, but there are deeper levels. This Sniper was a mercenary who was left to die, before coming back and seeking revenge. That’s pretty much Moon Knight’s origins. Ellis doesn’t outright state the parallels, but they are there, and I don’t think this story will be good for Marc Spector’s mental health.
This book really does make you think, and it’s putting Moon Knight up against different kinds of threats that really do reflect the modern world. And man, is it gorgeous to look at, Shelvey and Bellaire are producing some of the best looking comic art I’ve seen in a long time. If you’re not reading this title, rectify that immediately.