Moon Knight Recommendations

Ah, Moon Knight one of Marvel’s most interesting C-level characters. I want to like Moon Knight, I really do. I’ll admit that I’ve never read any of his series (with the exception of the first issue of his inaugural series from 1980 by Doug Moench). I was drawn in at first by the costume which as I previously mentioned, I find to be so dark and menacing but because it’s white is has reverse feelings on your senses. His origin story is very interesting too. A former mercenary operating in Egypt, he was left for dead in the desert after showing compassion and eventually found and dragged into a pyramid where he was given powers by the god, Khonshu. After years of fighting crime and assuming other personalities in his “regular” life, he’s become a complete mental case. What’s not to like?

As I wandered like a Hobbit around the lawless internet trying to find out more information, I kept coming up disappointed. From what I read, it seems almost every Moon Knight series (and there’s been 5 or 6) is not particularly well-regarded. They all have some kind of problems that result in them being brushed off and better left forgotten. The latest series, penned by Brian Michael Bendis appears to be the most tolerable. I’m very curious about one of the ones prior to that in 2006 by Charlie Houston that’s supposedly very, very dark. But I’ve read nothing but middling to awful reviews for it.

That’s where we’re at. So I thought I’d reach out to our readership and see if they could help me out with some recommendations for Moon Knight. Lay it on me!

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Posted on November 4, 2012, in COMICS! and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I have read, left and returned to the world of Moon Knight. I was taken aback by how dark the stories were in the Huston/Finch run and decided to leave things there especially after I had enjoyed the original Moench stories. Looking back and rereading them again, I have learned to appreciate the direction and novel approach of this antihero. The guy is so messed up and so vividly portrayed in this run that he makes Bruce Wayne appear dull by comparison. Read this run and if you are intrigued, pick up the first two Essential Moon Knight books. I missed the Vengeance and Bendis books but I am really looking forward to the new critically acclaimed series started by Warren Ellis and continued by Brian Wood.

    • Glad to see someone else shares an interest in Moon Knight. From what I’ve read and seen since writing this I don’t know if I could handle the Huston/Finch run. It just seems unrelentingly dark and intense. I’ve read both Vengeance and the Bendis series (you can find mostly spoiler-free reviews on this site), I’d recommend the Bendis one if you’re looking for a completely different take on the character and Vengeance I’d say you’re better off skipping.

      I was really excited for Warren Ellis’ arc but I haven’t found the time to check it out. If you end up reading it, let me know how it is!

  2. nah dude moon knight is what happens if Batman literally lost his shit for a while. Multiple personalities, brutal fights, and the fact that he does kill people when need be is brutal. check out the fist of Khonshu, ressurrection war/high strangeness, or any of the relaunch. spector is just trying to better himself and be a true hero. and in my opinion, theres no such thing as “a list” or b list”. all of them are heroes/villains in their own right. doesnt need to be ranked, its not kathy griffin nonsense or whatever. unless its Hank Pym. Fuck that guy haha

  3. Here’s the best Moon Knight recommendation anyone can possibly give you: start reading Batman instead.

  4. Here is my Recommendation; DONT READ MOON KNIGHT!
    He’s C-List Cannon Fodder.

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