Moon Knight, vol. 1: From the Dead

Moon Knight, Vol. 1: From the DeadMoon Knight, Vol. 1: From the Dead by Warren Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always thought that the concept of Moon Knight was kind of silly. I wasn’t a fan of the name, and the entirely white costume just seemed like a dumb idea. Forget the lack of stealth, can you imagine trying to get blood and various roof dirt out of it? I’m not sure that Ellis entirely changed my mind with one volume, but he did make Moon Knight an interesting enough character.

This is actually a rarity in modern comics: one off stories. Really! It’s really refreshing, to know that you’ve read the entirety of a story. Better yet, each individual story makes a good read. Strange, sometimes unsettling, but good. Great action, and Ellis manages to make that silly white costume kind of badass. Because Moon Knight is the one you see coming, the guy who will calmly walk headfirst into a brawl. And that’s more than a little cool to read.

And the art is pretty cool, too. Shalvey makes the most of Moon Knight’s wardrobe, making him stand out on the page. He’s always had an iconic look, but this is the first time that I actually thought he looked like a convincing superhero. The complete absence of color on him actually works strangely well. It’s an unusual aesthetic, but it works very well for the book.

I wouldn’t say this made me a Moon Knight convert, but it was a far better book than I would have expected it to be. Definitely worth a read.

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