Identity is a theme explored often in Moon Knight and not just in the case of Marc Spector. The idea that people are not who or what they seem reverberates throughout the whole volume. Characters all seem to play against type or find themselves in situations they are not used to or feel comfortable in. Echo, arguably the main supporting character of the book and a personal favourite of Bendis, is first seen undercover as a stripper trying to find information on the new ‘Kingpin of Los Angeles,’ and is constantly referred to as a B level Avenger. The other main supporting cast member, Buck, is an ex-Shield agent turned Television consultant as well as the go to guy for Marc when he stumbles across an Ultron head after thwarting a criminal activity. Even the book’s antagonist is one who is more likely to be seen fighting Marvel’s heavy hitters such as Thor or the Hulk rather than playing the role of crime boss. Expectations are flipped on their head and the book is more surprising and exciting for it.
Phonogram: The Singles Club to this and Wonder Woman and is definitely a name to watch out for in the future. His colour choices are brave and sometimes garish, but work incredibly well due to the Los Angeles setting and complement Maleev by creating a sometimes stark contrast to his assured line.
Verdict – Buy It. If you enjoyed Bendis and Maleev’s run on Daredevil, there’s a strong chance you’ll find something to enjoy here. Bendis has a great grasp on the smaller cast that is available to him and uses his experiences of Hollywood and the setting of Los Angeles to tell a compelling and ultimately intriguing story that begs you to come back and see what’s next. Maleev and Wilson give the story a look that is unlike any other at the House of Ideas and makes the product stand out from the crowd. Anyone who has jumped off the Bendis train in recent years could do worse than to pick this up and see what they’re missing.