“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” — The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
Could it have been any other way? I think not. Moon Knight, unequivocally, has the right to be deemed This Week’s Finest.
With each passing issue, Moon Knight continues to not only stand above all others on the shelf but surpass those it succeeds. As with the former installments, Moon Knight #4 continues the strand of brilliantly-crafted standalone stories. After reading the first three issues–despite however much I enjoyed them–a faint whisper beckoned to me in the depths of my consciousness: “What are we leading to?” I couldn’t help but wonder if these were chapters or merely glimpses. But after this issue, the voice dissipated into the ether. I don’t care any longer what the end-game may be–if there even is one–but rather I throw caution to the wind and buckled up for the ride (yay cliches!).
Just what made this issue so special–and, dare I say, the best so far? Well, it is a combination of elements. Typically, I find describing something by comparing it to another to in some ways diminish the defined, but in this case the similarities are most than just coincidence.
Sandman: With the once again popularity of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman due to Overture, it would only make sense for creators to find themselves playing in the land of dreams. Moon Knight’s time in the dream land allows for the great Declan Shalvey to show all he can do. The incredible imagination needed to design such a world in a finite amount of pages such as the one in this issue serves to prove that Ellis and Shalvey are masters of their craft.
E.A.P.’s The Tell-Tale Heart: Here is where I pull in that drop quote from the beginning…I won’t give away too much of the story, but those of you whom have read the issue will understand this connection immediately.
I know I have talked about this sort of thing before, but some comics just give a specific vibe. This is quite possibly the most vague portion of this review (at least I hope so), but there is no other way to describe the feeling you get in your gut when something you read, watch, or listen to just feels right. Perhaps it was some of Ellis’ British background coming through, but I got a clear “Hellblazer” and “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” riff, maybe even some League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in the parts with the sleep therapist.
Needless to say, if you have not started reading this series yet, it is your loss. I know I say that about a lot of my picks, but, hell, I wouldn’t pick them if I didn’t think people should be reading them. I’m pretty sure that the physical issues come with a free download. If you are still skeptical about whether or not you should be reading this, let me know below and I will give you the download code. This is serious, people. I can’t say what this will be like when Ellis and Shalvey are replaced with Brian Wood and Gary Smallwood in September, but take what you can get when you can get it, ya know?