Moon Knight #189
Written By: Max Bemis
Pencils By: Jacen Burrows
Colors By: Matt Lopes
What You Need to Know:
It’s a direct follow up to the last issue, but this time we actually follow the titular star of the series and watch him in some of his escapades. Seeing Spector where he left off and seeing where he is currently at is one of the strengths to this issue. We also get a status update on Patient #83, following up on him and seeing what he is currently up to as well.
What You’ll Find Out:
We mostly what Spector has been up to this entire time and how he manages and balances a regular life. We also see how he copes with having 4 different personas inhabit his body; he’s handling it much better than previously seen earlier in the series by using the coping methods learned in therapy to make a better life for himself and truly embracing himself for once all of himself. He is also loving and utilizing all of his different personalities for different purposes, realizing and understanding now that Marc Spector is a man who needs all of them to succeed and continue being a superhero. You will also meet a new villain named The Truth with a strange and startling ability that only Spector is really equipped to handle.
What Just Happened?
Other than catching up with Spector and following him around on his night patrols, honestly not much happened. The artwork is at some of its finest here and Moon Knight himself looks spectacular, striking his strangely simplistic yet effective costume. Despite not being some of the most detailed of art ever done on a Moon Knight series, it’s simplistic and charming enough that it works surprisingly better than I would have expected. I especially like the imagery of Moon Knight jumping off the rooftop and his cape forming a Crescent Moon. That shit was cool. What can I say? I love visual imagery, like when Keaton first soared the skies in ’89 with the Batwing and formed the bat symbol in the Moon. Simple? Sure, but oh so memorable and it would go onto to be iconic give or take 20 years.
You are presented to some pretty cool action sequences here that are bloody, detailed, and don’t pull their punches. It’s hardly brutal enough to the point that it makes them unapologetic and other runs have been more graphic and gruesome and again far more detailed, but the simplistic style hardly acts as this book’s problem. Despite the book’s sometimes limiting artwork, it’s never halted because the storytelling here is continually strong and the artwork, while simple, is effective and will get the job done to make the action set pieces still solid and entertaining to read through.
If there is one constant that this series continues to prove is that Bemis is a worthy and suitable replacement for Lemire and it’s very clear that his vision lives on in Bemis’s eyes and is in good hands here. It’s treated with the utmost respect the writer of Centipede (which I do plan to review here someday because it has been absolutely phenomenal as of thus far). Bemis understands what Lemire was doing here and that is very clear from these last two issues. However, the conflict and fight between Spector and Truth is, both ultimately and unfortunately, very much a filler issue and one that the reader could skip over. While entertaining to see Spector back in action doing what he does best, there is nothing in this issue that is important or integral to the main plot or overarching narrative. Other than the cliffhanger ending their really isn’t anything of major significance here. Now that’s not to say it’s a bad issue, just not enough really is given here to make it worthwhile or necessary reading. It is filler at it’s core and offers nothing to the plot worth noting other than the setup issue for next issue.