“Beware the Collective”
Written by: Max Bemis
Art by: Paul Davidson
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:
After besting the Sun King once and, hopefully for all, Marc is taking a well-deserved break from super crime. It’s back to hoodlums and punks for this hero. While in a rare moment of peace, Marc decides to share a heartfelt, yet traumatizing story of his youth with his friend Jean-Paul. It was a very upsetting event to say the least, one that helped to shape Marc into the man he is today. By also sharing this info somewhat with his daughter Diatrice, Marc can finally open up about his dissociative identity disorder and help others learn how to deal with the problems of mental health. Sadly, this peaceful time is coming to a close very soon.
It seems to be another blissfully quiet day for our hero. Marc is enjoying some peace and quiet at the movies while daydreaming about fishing with his “pals” Stephen and Jake. Even Khonshu has joined in on the fishing trip. Sadly, the peace is never allowed to last as Marc gets a crime alert on his phone (the wonders of technology, am I right?)
Springing into action, Marc finds a truly chilling sight. It would seem that some bored and dangerously wealthy individuals have fused themselves (body and mind) into The Collective. This unstable mass of flesh seeks to bring all the denizens of New York into it’s fold.
Can Moon Knight stand up to these harrowing odds? And is what’s inside the beast even more terrifying than what the eye can see? Pick up the issue to find out!
Personal Thoughts and Opinions:
Ooh boy did the imagery in this issue lead to some internal screaming. Not because it was bad by any means, but I think Mr. Bemis or Mr. Davidson may have a secret love of H.P. Lovecraft. This comic is certainly delving very deep into the whole theme of the mind that it’s been building on since the start. The story itself is a pretty basic tale so far; new monster appears and it’s up to Moon Knight to stop it. But what makes it so unique is the visual presentation in which it’s delivered. Our monster this time isn’t the usual Kaiju-type affair, but instead a horrifying mass of flesh that even as an adult was hard to look at sometimes. This is certainly not a book for young children. I applaud Mr.Davidson as the new artist for pulling out all the stops and making the crazy imagery a sight to behold. It’s something I can’t help but want to keep looking at and also never look at again. I’m curious to see where this story leads.