Monsters of our Past (Moon Knight #194 Comic Review)

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Written by: Max Bemis

Art by: Ty Templeton

Despite multiple personalities, an overbearing Egyptian god and a dark past, Marc Spector perseveres in his fight against crime as the courageous Moon Knight!

Previously in Moon Knight: It was a hard fought battle, but with Marc’s grim determination and, as he himself succinctly puts it: “the power of crazy”, the Sun King and his band of villains have been defeated. Marlene and his daughter Diatrice have been rescued and now Marc has a chance to return to a relatively normal life and try to raise his newly discovered child the best he can. What’s next for our resident crazy hero? Keep reading to find out!

Today’s Diagnosis: In a rare moment of peace and quiet, Marc and his pal Frenchie are relaxing at home asking the typical questions that men do. When Marc is asked what job he would pick if any were available, Marc goes with something quiet and creative, where he no longer needs to be scared. But not being scared is something Marc can’t be apart of, not without a whole life and upbringing. What does Marc mean by this? What could have happened to a young Jewish New Yorker that seemingly cripples him with a permanent sense of dread? Pick up the issue to find out.

Personal Thoughts and Opinions: I’ll start off by saying simply that I loved this issue. Without spoiling anything, this issue delves into a type of character backstory we don’t see very often (at least not as much to my knowledge). The book deals with issues of religion, childhood and the loss of innocence. It’s a hauntingly dark story but not in a traditional sort of way like the loss of Batman’s parents or the death of Uncle Ben. It’s hard to really get into the meat of things without spoiling the issue, which I really don’t want to do. One aspect at the end I can touch upon is the retcon introduced awhile back of Marc dealing with Disassociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Very rarely in mainstream comics do you see characters that deal with more rare and difficult mental health issues. The best part about this is that Marc’s disorder isn’t treated as something that needs to be removed or just some quirk of his character. It’s an intrinsic part of his life and he manages it the best he can. I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next from the creative team.

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Summary
A truly fantastic issue that provides an interesting and engrossing backstory into Marc Spector's life, as well as touches upon an often overlooked part of human life. I cannot recommend it enough. If you're a fan of the character this is an essential story to read.
Good
  • Intense Story
  • Shines a light on Mental Health
  • Based in Realism
Bad
  • Art is fairly average
8.8
Great
Story - 9
Art - 8.5
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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