Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 21
8.9Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

• An abandoned hotel in New York contains a single abductee and upwards of twenty armed mob enforcers. Moon Knight is going to go inside and rescue the abductee. Alone.
•  Every issue has sold out! Go ahead and up your orders so your readers don't miss out!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Norrin J. Powell Jul 8, 2014

    Normally at the end of my review I might try and explain to you why you should read Moon Knight. But, I'm not gonna do that because it's Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire! Read Moon Knight! You're welcome. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 2, 2014

    This comic is pretty much everything I could want in a Moon Knight comic. Warren Ellis delivers another self contained story but it is gloriously brought to life courtesy of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. If you've ever been curious about what Moon Knight would do against a building full of thugs, this is the issue for you. We get fight after fight and you're going to want it to keep going. This issue really puts Shalvey's storytelling to the test due to the minimal dialogue and he passes with flying colors. Don't miss out on this issue. Reading this will make it clear why I love Moon Knight so much. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 3, 2014

    Moon Knight #5 is another brilliant chapter in the best street level comic that has come from the House of Ideas in years. This gritty tale solidifies Moon Knight as a straight up badass, not a Batman wannabe in white. This is character defining work and some of the most inventive work to come from Shalvey in his career. Stories like this don't come along every day and you definitely don't want to miss Moon Knight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jul 5, 2014

    Once again I have to say if you haven't been following this series and like the sound of the concept pick it up! Pick up each and every issue as you can't go wrong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - King Aug 30, 2014

    At its core,it's apretty damn straightforward story to boot: get in, get the girl, get out. Our hero infiltrates an apartment complex to rescue a kidnapped girl, and does so in a manner that puts most modern action heroes to shame. I have utterly no issues with this chapter, other than by the end I was left wanting more, or at least wanting to see more fight scenes. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Fanboys Inc - Cody Mudge Jul 3, 2014

    This was my favourite comic of the week. I believe Ive also laid out why I think its the best comic of the week (and no, those arent the same thing). Im hard pressed to peg a single issue that had a bigger impact on me so far this year. Ellis veteran approach to scripting gave this straightforward tale an epic and important feel and Shalveys flawless and perfectly choreographed art makes this issue one that you have to pick up even if you arent following this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Jul 4, 2014

    Rarely do I encounter fight scenes in comics that read so thoughtfully, conscious of motion and space. Shalvey uses these elements to their fullest potential, and with Spectors eerie white silhouette slicing through the drab palettes and textures of the abandoned building, he and Bellaire complement each other beautifully. Once again, this creative team has produced a dynamic and highly satisfying issue. One of the best yet, and its only #5. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Turner Newell Jul 3, 2014

    Declan Shalvey's portrayal of Moon Knight as a spectral white figure is so simple, but so impressive. His work on this book has improved with each issue, and with this one in particular, is probably the biggest draw of the book for me. It's a shame that this creative team only has one more issue to go. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 3, 2014

    Moon Knight #5 is basically Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's homage to The Raid: Redemption, one of the best action movies in recent memory. It's no more or less than 20 pages of Mr. Knight ascending an apartment building and beating the holy bejeezus out of every punk, thug, and psycho who crosses his path. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 2, 2014

    I was very into Ellis's take on Moon Knight, so you can imagine my disappointment upon the news that he would be leaving, taking away a needed vision to get Marc Spector back on track. Ellis's done-in-one stories were decent reads, but ultimately a bit lightweight if there wasn't a larger narrative for it to fit within. And then Declan Shalvey delivers a comic where Marc Spector just beats the holy hell out of a building full of thugs. And I love it. Dammit, Declan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 5, 2014

    Maybe under different circumstances, I would want more from a comic. But knowing this is Moon Knight, and knowing that Warren Ellis is leaving after only half a dozen issues, somehow it's just even cooler. Ellis came in, popped off six awesome, moody, gorgeous comics, and then dropped the mic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 6, 2014

    This run by Ellis and Shalvey is one you should experience, and the standalone nature of the stories makes the single issues the perfect place to sample it. Start with this issue. And the next. Unfortunately this creative team will only be around for one more issue as number seven will see Brian Wood taking over the writing duties with Greg Smallwood on the art, both great creators who will hopefully carry on in a solid, but ultimately different, way. Do yourself a favor and check out this interpretation of the character, I think it's one of the best we've seen to date. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Kyle Welch Jul 6, 2014

    Warren Ellis is the master of unique single issue stories. Each experience is special and refreshing. The team of Ellis, Shalvey and Bellaire continue to create the next great first issue of a Moon Knight series with every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Jul 30, 2014

    And in a single blow, we're living in exciting times again. Like when Frank Miller helmed Daredevil, or Bob Layton on Iron Man or indeed, Warren Ellis on the Thunderbolts. A time when the debate who's running the show, the publisher or the writer, hadn't yet been definitively settled. And for bringing this new kind of energy into monthly comicbooks, Ellis and series regular artist Declan Shalvey deserve kudos. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 4, 2014

    Don't get me wrong, in many ways this might be the weakest overall issue of the Ellis and Shalvey run on "Moon Knight" because of the lack of any real plot. And knowing that they're wrapping up their work here after the next issue, I do wish it was a bit meatier. But still... wow, does this comic look fantastic. If you're going light on plot, this is absolutely the way to do it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Demarcoa Jul 2, 2014

    Wow.

  • 10
    coby Jul 5, 2014

    Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week

    Normally I hate one-and-done stories that don't stick to any sort of continuity. It's the reason I stopped watching Space Dandy after a few episodes--there were no consequences, no payoff for the audience, and thus, no reason to keep watching. Normally I hate all-action, experimental comics with minimal dialogue (Hawkeye #11, the PIzza Dog issue, comes to mind). Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey take all of these things I don't like about comics and turn them on their head, producing a perfect comic. Moon Knight #5 has a simple plot: Moon Knight has to fight his way to the fifth floor of a building to save a girl. The simplicity reminds me of an old Bruce Lee movie or a classic NES sidescroller, and it is awesome for all the same reasons. If you get one comic regularly, make it Moon Knight.

  • 9.5
    DarioV Feb 16, 2015

    Okay, I now understand what Mr. Ellis had planned to do when picking up the lead on "Moon Knight". And the problem is, you won't unless you read this. This amazing team is leaving the, otherwise ongoing, series and everything they have done to the character, which was a lot, letting him barely speak, will be inherited by the next writer, and I hope he won't throw everything down the draw. It's the art of violence: you feel extremely pleased at seeing a man beat the hell out of some thugs and that just feels right and wrong at the same time: he's so cruel, you can barely consider him a superhero at all, although he's the greatest man on Earth. Shalvey has a bright future before him, or at least, I hope so.

  • 9.0

    My Favorite new series from Marvel: Moon Knight! This all-star team has really re-imagined this character and I have a feeling he will be written this way for a long time to come. Writer Warren Ellis has been telling stand alone crime stories that anyone can pick up and read, and normally I am not a fan of this style, but Ellis makes each story feel like an Edgar Allan Poe story... but with more violence, and the same amount of masked people. (boom! Literature joke) We have a very simple plot. Girl gets taken by gang. Super hero comes to rescue girl, but has to take the stairs and beats up, cripples, or kills anyone in the way. I know what you're thinking...just like Poe! What really makes it feel like Edgar Allan Poe is the dark, gritty, and almost claustrophobic tone of the book, along with just a hint of supernatural elements. Is Moon Knight embed with an Egyptian god or is he just bat-shit crazy? You decide! I am very sad to see this art team leave in one issue, because artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire (The Queen of Colors) have been just killing it on this book. The whole story takes place in one very old and dark building, which seems like a nightmare for not just the Moon Knight but the artist's themselves. However, Jordie does a great job mixing up the blacks and browns so the page never feels stale. Moon Knight pops off the page as Jordie does not add color to him but rather lets the inks sit on the white background. Shalvey also creates such a fast pace of an action scene that the reader is always right there with Moon Knight climbing to the top to save the day. So maybe more like... if Edgar Allan Poe wrote fairy tales? Anyway the sixth issue is the last one with this creative team and I am sure Marvel will put out a trade collecting these stories and I recommend checking it out. read more reviews at http://www.geekretaliation.net/

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