Moon knight vol 1 by Warren Ellis
Vol 1: From the Dead, illustrated by Declan Shalvey, colored by Jordie Bellaire
Mr. Knight is back consulting with the New York Police Department, but don’t identify him as the vigilante Moon Knight, or they might be obligated to arrest him. Moon Knight helps take care of bzd guys in situations that would endanger the members of the NYPD - he tracks one to a secret lair in the underground and another to a (mostly) abandoned building where human trafficking victims are stashed. Steven Grant's therapist tells him that he doesn’t have Dissociative Identity Disorder, but instead that he has experienced trauma, both in his childhood and as in his adulthood as a mercenary, and that he has come up with other personas as a way to justify his crime fighting and need to save people.
This reads like a collection of short stories instead of one complete storyline. There are some very loose connections between each chapter, but this reads more like slice-of-life in manga than it does a comicbook, and it's a little disjointed. It is an interesting start to a series and it sets up a couple of different things that are a departure from previous takes on the character, especially the hot take of him not having DID. The black suit he dons when he’s "Steven Grant Moon Knight" is pretty slick, and a little bit of an homage to older runs of the character.
This book collects the 2014 run of Moon Knight comics - it follows the Brian Michael Bendis' run of Moon Knight, and should be read before the Jeff Lemire run.
For a complete run-down of the reading order, take a look at this awesome graphic from Comic Book Herald.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 9780785154082 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Superheroes, Action Adventure, Marvel
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