Moon Knight #1

Moon Knight #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 26
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9.2User Rating

Marc Spector is Moon Knight!...Or is he? It's hard to tell these days, especially when New York's wildest vigilante protects the street with two-fisted justice and three-that's right, count 'em-different personalities! But even with the mystical force of Khonshu fueling his crusade, how does the night's greatest detective save a city that's as twisted as he is? The road to victory is going to hurt. A lot. Marvel's most mind-bending adventure begins NOW as Moon Knight sleuths his way to the rotten core of New York's most bizarre mysteries!

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Mar 9, 2014

    Simply put, what Moon Knight #1 appears to be is very possibly the best new comic Marvel has put out since Hawkeye got his own title, written by Matt Fraction, back in 2012. Granted, a series can always go down in quality after a big first issue kick-off, but between Warren Ellis' intriguing narrative and Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire's breathtaking art (the way Moon Knight's sketchy white-hued persona pops from the more realistic-looking backgrounds is quite a remarkable thing), one could almost guarantee this is going to be one fantastic series. I'm looking forward to one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 3, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 is a fantastic read from start to finish, and the perfect issue for any reader to jump into the world of Moon Knight. Ellis, Shalvey & Bellaire are cooking up something really special here, and exploring a gritty part of the Marvel Universe that we haven't seen in a while. Get your hands on a copy of this as fast as you can on Wednesday…that first printing won't be around for long. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 3, 2014

    There's been a lot of buzz and anticipation over the new MOON KNIGHT series. I am overjoyed with what Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire have delivered with the first issue. New and old fans can easily jump into this series and Moon Knight's past hasn't been shoved aside in order to accommodate a fresh jumping on point. If you've been on the fence over adding another ongoing series to your pull list, reading this will convince completely. Get ready to enjoy a great new series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Mar 5, 2014

    This new take on the character and story of Moon Knight is exactly what is to be expected from a strange character such as this. I don't think a better team could have picked to help put together the story of Moon Knight and although this first issue was rather strange and there was no real story progression, I'm sure once the story does begin it will be nothing we've ever experienced and something completely unique. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Andrew McCarroll Mar 7, 2014

    It has been a long time since a first issue has left me giddy with anticipation of what is next. With a fast paced story and razor sharp dialogue ("I died once, it was boring") this issue was nothing short of stunning. With a perfect blend of writer and artist that is hopefully the beginning of long partnership, which promises to deliver something truly unique. For now though, we can simply sit back and enjoy what, for my money, is the best single issue of the year so far and hope that this level of quality continues throughout the run; highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Mar 8, 2014

    I'll be first in line to pickup the second issue on its release! A total surprise, but ‘Moon Knight' came out of the blue to absolutely take the spot of my favorite comic this week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Mar 6, 2014

    This first issue of Moon Knight has taken a dramatic new direction from the previous series in which he has starred. With virtually no supporting cast, a (nearly) legitimate job, and a justifiable explanation for his previous personalities, both the avengers and his traditional personalities, Moon Knight seems far more competent and mature than ever before. With this interesting and surprisingly solid new direction, I have never been more interested to see where Moon Knight is headed. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 5, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 is a masterpiece, anyway you cut it. Whether you are a longtime fan or new to the character, this is a comic you need to read. Like, right now. Stop what you are doing and read Moon Knight. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Mar 6, 2014

    As an opening issue as well as a continuation of Moon Knight's adventures, this book does quite a lot of things right. A rich and mysterious take, a simply superb artistic direction and tons of things for newer and older fans to enjoy, this is a masterful take on the character that should please plenty of people. Heavily recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 3, 2014

    The only thing that gave me pause about this issue was Mr. Knight referring to a hideout as just "a hide," which made me first think he was talking about someone's skin again, but that's so minor it's even beneath a nitpick, and I'm sure that's a thing in the UK or something. All in all, Moon Knight #1 is supremely entertaining and I hope Ellis gets a long run with this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Mar 10, 2014

    We see Moon Knight here being introduced to the police as a concerned citizen who is helping them in a Jack The Ripper style serial killer. When the killer is tracked to underground tunnels he is almost a phantom of the opera scarred former S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Ellis is probably one of the best-suited writers for Moon Knight as he loves to work at the darker end of comics and can craft a story with violent undertones without resorting to gratuitously obscene imagery but leaves it to you imagination. Shalvey may not be the top tier of comic artists yet but he soon will be if this book is anything to go by. His redesign of Moon Knight is fantastic. By removing his cape and replacing it with a pure white three piece suit gives a nourish feel and Bellaire make the suit really stand out by making the rest of the art dark and murky. I thought this was the best single issue of Moon Knight in a very long time and is easily one of the best All New Marvel Now! launches. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Mar 6, 2014

    As for the writing, Ellis scripting is slick and polished, with lines of dialogue so cool as to chill. Despite the succinct recap on the title page, Ellis gives nothing away about the larger nature of the story, or how much of it is even real. While mystery in superhero titles is often ham-fisted at best, the unsure footing that Ellis places the reader on is tantalizing as he sends us into this rabbit hole with Spector, with no idea what awaits us at the bottom. Nothing is clear, nothing is certain, except that Spector is in New York and people are dying. I did find the last section and the subsequent ending a little abrupt, but when the writing is this good, I can safely advise you to run dont walk to your local comic book store and pick up your copy of Moon Knight #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 5, 2014

    While I'm not ready to proclaim "Moon Knight" #1 to be this year's "Hawkeye," this is a magnificent debut issue, which raises many more questions asked than answers. Ellis gives readers plenty of incentive to return for more action and intrigue next issue, and his take on the character fits right between Daredevil and Punisher. The debut issue gives readers exactly enough action and mystery translated through brilliant art to hook them until the next installment. With lines like, "I died before," Ellis proves a sliver of humor hiding under the cowl, but not an overwhelming amount. That humor, combined with the ingenuity and intelligence of Khonshu's disciple maes for a compelling and intriguing "all-new" Moon Knight. Thanks to gorgeous art and smart storytelling, "Moon Knight" #1 is an incredibly strong debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Mar 7, 2014

    Imaginative and beautifully drawn, Moon Knight #1 is what fans of Khonshu's servant have been asking for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Patrick McAleer Mar 7, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 has all the hallmarks of a series with a long shelf life (something denied this character all too often) and quite frankly, Marvel couldn't have assembled a better team to ensure it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 10, 2014

    With the combination of fantastic artwork and writing Moon Knight #1 did exactly what it was supposed to do make me want to continue reading this new series after its first issue. Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire did everything right with this first issue of Marc Specters latest adventures. Ellis was able to do enough with his writing of this issue that you walk away feeling like you learned a lot about the character without having to know his entire history. Shalvey and Bellaire do their part by giving Moon Knight #1 design that is its own that showcases all that Moon Knight is. Now that the tone has been set I am ready to go on whatever ride Ellis and company have in store for us on Moon Knight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 5, 2014

    A very good opening issue to a new version of a character that's had many false stops. The supernatural element to his back story is intriguing and the costume works considering the heavy use of dialogue. The look of the book is smooth and is reminiscent of the controlled nature of David Aja. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Mar 11, 2014

    I'm honestly taken aback just how much I enjoyed this issue. After seeing a lot of hype about it around the web, I expected this to not quite live up to the live praise being lavished upon it. However Moon Knight #1 somehow delivers and then some, offering a neat done-in-one issue to captivate the reader, whilst teasing bigger and more insane things to come. Everyone should give this a try, as it is just a great comic book all round. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Mar 4, 2014

    With Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey at the helm, there was no doubt that “Moon Knight” #1 would be a quality read. This is a great way to start off the new “Moon Knight” series and I cannot wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Mig-El Mar 27, 2014

    The real standouts for this issue, however are in the artwork. Declan Shalvey is straight up killing it and Jordie Bellaire's color work is fantastic. The art in this book tells so much about the world that Moon Knight is inhabiting. Moon Knight, in all-white, is always the biggest contrast against his almost-always dark surroundings. He sticks out a lot and intentionally. The city, the sewers, even the bright and sunny flashback scene at the end all just visually bleed a sense of grit and dread. As the literal-descent scene in this issue illustrates, Moon Knight is going places and they're probably going to be dark. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 8, 2014

    Moon Knight is not a comic book to pass up. The character gets defined in this issue, but a twist is added to his existence at the very end. Within the book we get a little bit of the day to day life in terms of what the super-hero does and whom he interacts with. The book has a small amount of action but some gory scenes are involved. Overall, you shouldn't miss this issue and I suspect this is going to be a hit series on the level of Hawkeye. This is a great start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Mar 12, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 is a well-executed, self-contained murder mystery, with an interesting one-off villain and good character beats. The team of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey is a strong one. What I like best about this issue is how Ellis handles the somewhat thorny idea of Moon Knights personalities. Whether youre calling it multiple-personality disorder or dissociative identity disorder, the idea of split personalities is a pretty corny concept that could possibly be the most annoying mental disorder in genre fiction. Unfortunately, its also core to the concept of this character. Ellis isnt ignoring that, but he looks to be handling it in a way that gave me chills. The idea he presents, coupled with Shalveys masterful art on the final page, sunk the hook for me. Moon Knight #1 should appeal to readers both old and new. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 5, 2014

    Moon Knight is an extremely unique comic and probably won't hit with everyone. I prefer darker stories, particularly when it involves a “street level hero”. Like the other big Marvel release today, Magneto #1, I can't wait for issue #2 and wish I had it in my hands right now. This is the Moon Knight comic I've wanted for a long time. With Warren Ellis at the helm, I see no reason why this series can't run for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Mar 6, 2014

    Ultimately, this is everything you could hope for from a “Moon Knight” #1. The title completely re-envisions the character, providing a new style and status quo for the character in the stories to come, but does so by remaining incredibly true to the original idea of Moon Knight. Warren Ellis took a character who was a street level hero that never reached the dizzying heights of Daredevil or Batman and brought a crime noir spin that feels both new to the character and yet strangely familiar. Like this is the book Moon Knight always needed and yet no realised until now. Yet, for as needed and welcome a change as Ellis' writing is (when it works), it's the art of team of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire that really make this book as good as it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Mar 6, 2014

    Artistically, Shalvey and Bellaire deliver just the right amount of grit for a street-level crime drama while still finding moments to make their hero come to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 10, 2014

    After one issue I don't find Ellis' take on the character to be as interesting as that of Bendis. However, the idea that Spector is compelled to create versions of himself in the four aspects of the other-dimensional intelligence which brought him back for the dead opens up new paths of discovery for the comic. From the early shots I've seen it appears the character will be putting his suit aside and be back in costume starting next month (even if the look gets an unnecessary reboot that looks like it was done by DC's New 52 Editorial). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Mar 5, 2014

    Nick has worked with comics for the last 15 years. From garbage disposal, to filing, to grading, he has become a disgruntled, weathered comic fan. A firm believer that comics are meant to be fun and be printed on paper, Nick seeks wacky, bizarre, and head-scratcher comics from every era. Introduced to Ranma at a young age, his love for manga continues to grow, fueling his desire to learn Japanese and effectively avoiding the wait between publication and translation. His love for classic comics originated from a battle between Batroc the Leaper and Captain America, and hes never turned back. Preferring reader copies over pristine comics, he yearns for comics to return to the fun days of the Silver Age buying up anything his bank account can sustain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 3, 2014

    Who is Moon Knight? At this point, it's a question that's best left unsaid. Let's meet the man before we dig inside his head, is what Ellis and company seem to say. And it's a smart move. With so many twists and turns in Marc Spector's history, it can be a little too easy to overthink things - and to alienate prospective new readers, to boot. Moon Knight #1 isn't a gamechanger, or even a brilliant new take on the Crescent Crusader, but it is an eminently fun, solid comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 10, 2014

    While Hawkeye may have inspired a line of charming, character-centric comics in its wake, Moon Knight seems to be taking this formula and running it straight into the realm of the penny dreadful. Warren Ellis, a writer who has made his name giving us famous outcasts, has definitely found another such weirdo to lend his distinctive voice to and an art team that is 100% along for the ride. Moon Knight always seemed like a character that was always just one run away from truly breaking out as Marvel's next big star, and now it seems under this creative team, he's finally poised to take his turn in the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 5, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 isn't perfect. It sacrifices setting up a compelling plot in favor of working some triage on a character that's been through the wringer more than a few times, and in doing so, almost forgets to add any soul to go with its mind and body. There's a lot to like about Ellis and Shalvey's Moon Knight - if nothing else, it looks spectacular " but there's a long road to walk to make Mark Spector and his cadre of aliases and costumed identities an essential part of the Marvel oeuvre. Moon Knight #1 is a good first step. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hero Nuggets - Steve 'Wallboy' Tomei Mar 5, 2014

    Moon Knight #1 is a wonderful reintroduction to the character while building off previous story lines. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Mar 5, 2014

    Warren Ellis still has a long way to go in order to sell his take on Moon Knight with me, but this is still a very entertaining first issue. Shalvey and Bellaire prove that they are forces to be reckoned with in these pages. Hopefully this chapter in Marc Spector’s life will be more fully developed in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 8, 2014

    Forget shadows, forget trying to make the all-white character fit into the real world. This is a genius move that draws the attention in every single panel. That is a good sign that the new Moon Knight might be able to make a dent in the comic reading world. I would definitely say the series is off to a good start, I only wish I could grasp it a little more clearly. Read Full Review

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