Marc Spector is crazy! But what else is new? Egyptian Gods are still cool!
As I predicted last issue, Marc Spector may be crazy but he’s not insane. The insane asylum he woke up in is not what it appears to be and he’s ready for parole.
For some reason, this issue works much better for me than the last. Lemire includes more of Spector’s former friends into the plot, with some puzzling changes such as Jean-Paul “Frenchie” Duchamp being de-aged while the gray haired tramp Crawley must travel with a cane to walk. Hard to say if this is Lemire’s unfamiliarity with the characters or him wanting Spector’s gay sidekick to be more of a physical presence in the title again. Khonshu reveals to Marc that though he may be crazy and susceptible to bouts of mania (the best neg ever) it’s this quality that ultimately made Khonshu chose Spector as his agent on Earth. It turns out, the rest of the Egyptian pantheon also exists and the god Set is behind Marc’s current predicament and making plays to take over the Earth unless Moon Knight stops him.
Greg Smallwood really steps up this issue and takes the story to another level. From Spector’s notebook scribbles, to Khonshu’s ‘spaceship’, to the asylum scenes they all convey a different tone and style to match it. I particularly enjoyed the panel composition throughout to emphasize Spector’s discomfort and state of mind during the issue’s events.
With all of that said, this issue mainly acts as the next stage of set-up in the arc. The larger threat has been teased and the fake-out has been pulled. Seeing a rough idea of what Lemire has planned for the cast and the title though gives me more faith in his direction. While he may be taking the series into more “out there” territory I must confess its an interesting direction for Moon Knight.
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