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Moon Knight #9

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2007
By: Martijn Form



Writer: Charlie Huston
Artists: Mico Suayan, Frank DíArmata (color)

Publisher: Marvel Comics


Plot: The murders committed in the last few issues were done by this guy named Midnight, and the villain is stronger than Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight, knows.

Comments: David Finch is gone!

Yes, dear people, he has left the building called Moon Knight. Along with writer Charlie Huston, Finch was responsible for the first story arc but packed his bags with the last issue. Why are there so many creative team changes? This book is doing well for Marvel. Finch was doing well on this book, making it more than just a super hero book. He weaved a lot of horror into his art.

Well, he left. Iím still a big fan of his work, but I have to express a complaint about David Finch: the Moon Knight are all very similar. Itís nice to get a kind of style going, but this is going a bit overboard. Itís getting stale and boring. And by putting Spider-Man, Captain America and now Punisher on the cover, Marvel is showing it doesn't have the confidence in this book to believe it can stand on its own. It all reeks of marketing.

Spider-man, Cap and the Punisher have indeed been displayed on the covers of the past three issues, but I havenít got a clue what they are doing in this book. Itís even less then a cameo. Moon Knight doesnít need such cheap tricks.

So for the next four issues we got a new guy to Marvel: Mico Suayan. Although I hate it when there is a creative team change in the middle of a story arc, Mico is doing his best to make the transition as smooth as possible. Actually, the credit should go to colourist Frank DíArmata who keeps this book dark and creepy. Almost un-Marvel like. His colors have been consistent throughout all the issues. He seems to have no problem adapting to a new artist.

What I like about Mico Suayan's art are the visible pencil lines. He hasnít inked out all the emotion. The images get more texture and a softness, which is a nice contrast with the bleak colors and the dark background of the book. Suayan shows his strength in the fight scene. All postures have a great impact, full of emotion. The plot twist Huston slips into this fight scene gives this book an extra dimension and a lovely edge.

Marc Spector may act that Moon Knight is back, but he is still weak. Huston stays true to his own character development of Marc Spector. He's not rushing things. Spector has been a broken man for several years, so you canít expect for him to rise to the occasion immediately.

Moon Knight isnít a fast paced story; it grows slowly, making sure the foundation is strong.

The more issues of Moon Knight I read, the more I like this book. Itís got a strong Frank Millerís Batman feel to it. Charlie Huston is not making this an easy job for himself. He pushes Moon Knight into a bleak Manhattan thatís filled with horror. I was chilled when Midnight broke the dumbbell as it showed what this murderer can do.

As I stated, Suayan handled this tough scene well, which is remarkable when you consider that this is his first issue. On the contrary, look at Ashley Wood's first work in Ghost Rider 2099 and what he has become now. If Suayan can develop his art at a steady rate, he will become the industry's next top artist.



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