Although he recently turned up in the Age of Ultron, Moon Knight isn’t a particularly big name in the Marvel Universe. Marc Spector has a history that would make less popular than The Punisher but Moon Knight is such an interesting character that you can’t put this book down.

Most first issues struggle setting up the series, both introducing characters and telling an interesting story at the same time can be fairly difficult, but Warren Ellis manages to do all this and create one of the best comics so far this year. The first issue of this new series reintroduces us to Moon Knight after he has relocated from LA to New York.

The story found this opening issue is a self contained hunt for a killer stalking the streets of New York. Moon Knight or Mr. Knight as he’s often referred by a local Police Officer in order to hide the fact that he’s a vigilante, uses the blood money he made in his former life to fund his crusade to protect people travelling at night.

Spector’s power set has been switch a bit for this new series. In the past Moon Knight has DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) after dieing and being resurrected by an Egyptian god. Each personality would give him different ways of acting, in the last series these personalities took the form of Spider-man, Wolverine and Captain America.  Now a doctor has told Spector he has brain damage from being possessed by the deity and these other personality are his way of dealing with the four aspects of the gods personality.

The possibility of possession suggests an interesting story is about to unfold, changing Moon Knight further in the series.

My only disappointment is fairly small one, but a disappointment nonetheless. Moon Knights costume has changed from a hood and cloak to a white suit and what appears to be a bag on his head. Yep, a bag.

Overall the first issue of Moon Knight sets up the future of the series well but sticks to the original continuity of the original character. Despite the odd character redesign Moon Night Issue 1 is a must-read for fans of darker stories such as The Punisher or Daredevil: End of Days.

Moon Knight 1 from Marvel comics from Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Available right now at your local comic book store.

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