If you can’t beat em…..take em down from within (Moon Knight #196 Comic Review)

“Beware the Collective: Part 2”

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: A hero never truly can catch a break. All Marc wanted was to enjoy a night at the movies with his family, but duty calls. Springing into action, Marc arrives at the scene to find a truly horrifying site. A number of unhinged socialites have fused together into a cronenberg-esque monstrosity intent on bringing all of New York into it’s folds. Despite Moon Knight’s best attempts at taking the monster down, he too is sucked into the nightmare. How will our hero defeat that which he cannot punch? Keep reading to find out!

Today’s Diagnosis: Things aren’t as horrendous inside the Collective’s head-space as one might expect. Granted, most of the Collective’s victims didn’t join in willingly yet it seems like everyone has their own space to mold as they like. It turns out that the Collective’s leader Maurice has a proposition for Moon Knight. With so many minds running rampant, the realm needs someone to create some order amongst the chaos. It takes some persuading from Marc’s other personalities, but in the end he accepts the job. Despite numerous successes, the headspace is still a chaotic place. It takes a little digging, but the true cause of all the problems is found. With one final blow, the Collective is no more. Everyone goes home a little more goo-covered and Marc hopes he’s seen the last of any nightmare flesh monsters. What’s in store for our hero next? Come back next time to find out!

Personal Thoughts and Opinions: While this issue was quite the mind-bender once again, it did a great job of providing a unique story. There’s the typical action we’ve come to expect from any comic book, but in this occasion it all takes place inside a very surreal and crazy environment. The writing has some stand out moments, such as Moon Knight taking on psychological constructs such as an Oedipus complex, toxic masculinity and good old angst. The villain this time around takes a bit of a back seat to his environment. The major draw of this issue is all the crazy stuff that can occur inside the head-space. Max Bemis had free range to create whatever he could conceive of, without the usual restraints of reality. The environments, cast and meta-psychological humor make this an incredibly unique and interesting issue.

None of Mr. Bemis’s vision would have worked so well if the art hadn’t been able to deliver on the concept. In this issue Paul Davidson truly gets to shine. The settings are richly detailed, the faces are quite expressive and we get what has become one of my favourite moments in all of Moon Knight’s history. I won’t spoil what it is, but as a fan of Green Lantern it made me very happy. This comic certainly lives up to it’s classification as a visual medium.  I can’t wait to see what else is coming down the line.

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Jared Wood

Jared Wood

I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.
An incredibly artistic and creative issue that I can't help but go back to and look at over and over again. Moon Knight is proving to be a very bizarre, yet unique read. I'm glad to see it earning it's own niche in today's superhero culture. I hope the next issue is just as creative.
  • Creative designs
  • Fantastic artwork
  • Main "villain" isn't very fleshed out
Story - 7.8
Art - 9
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I'm just 23 year old nerd who loves Star Wars a bit too much and thinks Spider-Man 2099 deserves more recognition.

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