I read lots of good books this week. I also read some I really did not like. Rather than talking about the books that made me wish they had a face so I could punch them, I decided to just focus on the good stuff. These are the ones making the grade this week!
MOON KNIGHT #7
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Alex Maleev
The problem with Moon Knight is that he’s freaking crazy. Sometimes writers play this to excess and readers lose a hero to root for. Sometimes writers downplay it and Moon Knight becomes Batman-light. I think Brian Michael Bendis balances the crazy well enough that you can be fine rooting for a hero that is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. Even here Moon Knight admits that he’s crazy and does not want that to end.
This issue is the culmination of the opening story-arc for this relaunch. Moon Knight’s plan to draw out the Kingpin of LA works beautifully, and even though you can chalk his plan up as a win, the fallout with his associates might not go over too well. (They all know he is not playing with a full deck.)
You have to hand it to Bendis, his Marc Spector has a pretty good handle on his crazy. While arguing with Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine (who are all projections in his head), even Moon Knight takes a moment to say, “God, I’m hard on myself.” It is in this moment that we realize that Spector is aware these versions of the Avengers are all in his head. Spector also comes clean to his associate Buck about hearing voices, and when Buck claims that is why he does not trust Moon Knight the hero claims that all superheroes are crazy. Just, you know, in a good kind of way.