Rating: 4.5/5 – Picking Up Right Where Ellis/Shalvey Left Off.
By ComicSpectrum Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
After only six issues, the creative team of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey left the Moon Knight series where they had offered up a new take on the character. They stripped Moon Knight of his recenntly complex and confusing background that’s made somewhat of a mess of the character since Charlie Huston and David Finch relaunched the character back in 2006. Each of the previous six issues has been a stand alone tale, and the simplicity made it one of the strongest takes on the character since his inception. Now in issue seven, writer Brian Wood along with artist Greg Smallwood and colorist Jordie Bellaire continue the series, and they’ve done so without missing a beat.
At times, colorists are undervalued and under-appreciated for making a book have a unique and distinct feel. Jordie Bellaire’s coloring on Moon Knight proves how important her work is to the title and despite missing previous artist Shalvey, Bellaire continues to do amazing and character defining colors over Smallwood’s pencils. Her Moon Knight is stark white, leaping off the page against the dark and gloomy backgrounds. Even on the cover itself, Bellaire uses white space to perfection drawing the viewers eyes up towards a small section of light, and then places the all-white Moon Knight against the white background brilliantly. Internally, Moon Knight goes up against an assassin with a camouflage suit so Bellaire gets the opportunity to show off some nice coloring work. Add in some fantastic panels by Smallwood that creatively spells out the sounds taking place amongst the action, and this series continues to impress with its art.
Brian Wood sticks with the formula that made this book so successful by offering up another done-in-one story that has Moon Knight tracking down an assassin that is tasked with killing an African rebel leader accused of war crimes. It puts Moon Knight into some challenging situations, not only stopping the killer, but also questioning who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s a quick read that’s similar to the stories that have come before, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get your money’s worth. Wood writes an entertaining tale that’s still simple in it’s setup and story, and proves that he’s more than capable of picking up where Warren Ellis left off.
If you were nervous about a new creative team taking over the reins of this title, then rest assured that it seems to be in very capable hands. It’s more of what came before and that’s a good thing. Wood, Smallwood and Bellaire didn’t try to re-invent Moon Knight yet again, or the storytelling process that made this new series a hit in the first place. They embraced what came before and worked within the framework and style that had been laid out for them. If you were a fan of the first six issues you should be happy to see that same theme continued here, and if you have yet to pick this book up, then jump on board with this new creative team and give it a try.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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