Illustrated by Alex Maleev, colored by Matt Wilson & Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Cory Petit
Marc Spector is settling into his new digs in LA, working on a TV show that’s basically his life and how he got his powers, and enjoying the buckets of money he's making off of it. But he didn't move to LA "alone". But, instead of his usual other personas like Steven Grant and Jake Lockley, Marc is accompanied by other Avengers - Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. He incorporates a few of their signature elements into his usual arsenal of weaponry, with the help of his new associate, a former SHIELD agent. Marc becomes aware of a criminal mastermind trying to set himself up as a kingpin in LA, so he begins investigating and subverting plans. Moon Knight crosses paths with another ex-Avenger, Echo, and the two of them form a shaky alliance to bring down a budding criminal network.
With a new Moon Knight show coming out soon, students will be clamoring for material, which can be a little hard to come by. Moon Knight isn't one of the major stars, but he is an increasingly complex and interesting character. This story, however, didn't try too hard to be inventive or new. It follows the very usual, fairly basic superhero arc: we get the update on where the person is now (LA in this case), trying to lead a normal life outside the spotlight, but a bad guy rears his head and pulls the hero back into the life, then hero has to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The dialogue in this story is also pretty choppy, with characters interrupting each other often, and everyone sounds very similar in the way they talk. This collection is a fine addition to larger comic collections, and might see some circulation as long as the show is out, but won't be ones that students probably ask for by name.
This would be better for high school audiences. Moon Knight goes to a modern-day brothel at one point, and there are a few instances of characters drinking alcohol.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publication Date: March 7, 2018
ISBN: 9781302909994 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Action Adventure, Superheroes, Mental Health, Marvel
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