It may not be as easy to grab comic books over the next couple of weeks after spending money on everything from gifts to money on traveling to see relatives and friends. Whatever the reason may be, the holidays may have left you a bit broke and unable to buy your normal amount of comic books. So over the next few weeks, what I will be giving you are a few single issues that are worth your hard earned money. This week it's Moon Knight by Warren Ellis. The issue is called "Slasher".
Marc Spector and all of his original personalities (Steven Grant, Jake Lockely, and Moon Knight) have returned to New York after a short time in Los Angeles. Upon arrival, Marc Spector immediately gets to work doing his god Khonshu's work of protecting the travelers of the night. Since Moon Knight is known as a crazy vigilante and perceived as dangerous, Moon Knight can't work closely with the NYPD like the Avengers and the Fantastic Four can. Because of this, freak beat Detective Flint only refers to his associate Moon Knight as Mr. Knight. If Detective Flint was to encounter Moon Knight, he'd be obligated to turn Moon Knight over to the proper authorities. But since this is Mr. Knight, he can work with him.
Mr. Knight takes a thorough look at crime scene and the body and discovers that the slasher is going after a particular kind of person. But what is weird is that the slashing shows that the murderer has been taught how to kill, but is obviously ambushing his victims. After breaking this down to Detective Flint and the other police officers at the crime scene, Mr. Knight heads into the sewer where he figures the Slasher is located.
For those of you who may not know who Moon Knight is, this is a perfect place to start without having to go back years or struggling to find back issues of Moon Knight. Some number one issues automatically assume that the people reading know who the character is so they won't go into who the main character is or even worse spend too much time recapping his back story which can be boring. Warren Ellis did something smart and creative. He has a character in the book give a quick recap of who he is in the first few pages by telling it to someone we can't see. So it doesn't seem forced or weird as we turn the pages and get right into the story and the main character.
Warren Ellis took Moon Knight in a very different direction which makes this particular story (and his six issue run) better than the rest. No longer is Moon Knight working with friends and lovers that he will eventually leave or hurt. Moon Knight is working on his own and this makes him even more dangerous than he ever was. Declan Shalvey's white suit artwork (where he is Mr. Knight) makes Mr. Knight pop in a way that I rarely see. Moon Knight dresses in white so his enemies will see him coming and Moon Knight is drawn in such a way that it's impossible to miss him.
While the issue may be a quick read, Ellis and Shalvey work wonders in this issue. If I was to recommend any book to prove why Moon Knight would make a great Netflix show, this would be one of the two books I would recommend.