Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday -Warren Ellis’s Moon Knight – From the Dead

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the first volume of the Marvel NOW! Moon Knight series with Warren Ellis writing and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire doing art duties.

I am going to outright say it, I don’t really care for Moon Knight, but I picked up this series ’cause it is my main man Warren Ellis writing it (who, now that I think about it, does kind of represent a literary Lobo in a sense – whether or not that is a good thing is up to you).

Anyways, this was a fantastic run to read if you just want to pick something superheroic and then put back down.

It may seem like I am damning the book with faint praise, but hear me out. This series is basically six one-shots of Moon Knight, told as stylishly as possible. Warren Ellis’s stories are perfect done in ones, which in itself is a rarity to see these days with people always trying to craft a six-issue story arc that really could have been resolved in four issues. Instead, Ellis is presenting the world of Moon Knight, showing the problems that the character deals with and how he deals with those problems.

Then we have Shalvey and Bellaire whose art is so fantastic that you start following the duo to all their creative projects. Shalvey draws the hell out of action, and that whites that Bellaire uses is so deep and gorgeous that you just fall into it forever.

If you are completely Moon Knight and want a nuanced look into him, this might not be the book for you. If you are vaguely familiar with the character, but not very invested, you should check this volume out, it will make you sit up and notice.


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