Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1

Writer: David Pepose Artist: Marcelo Ferreira Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 19, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 14
7.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

THE DEBUT OF THE NEW SCARLET SCARAB!
Following the events of Moon Knight #25! When a young runaway is attacked by a gang of death cultists, he is left barely alive outside the Midnight Mission. But Marc Spector made a vow long ago to defend the travelers of the night...and as long as a spark of life remains, his mission isn't over yet. Follow Moon Knight on his most harrowing adventure yet, as the Fist of Khonshu journeys far beyond the land of the living - and battles across the mind-bending underworld known as the City of the Dead!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jul 19, 2023

    The art for the issue packs a punch thanks to its balance of clarity and kinetic action, ensuring that theres a weight to the action and emotion even as the world shifts around the characters. It makes for an excellent showcase of the strong pairing of gritty street-level action and high-concept mythical elements. Fans of the main Moon Knight book will want to pick this up immediately, and those not reading either will want to check out this fascinating exploration of the character and the elements that intersect to make Moon Knight such a unique character in the fabric of the Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 19, 2023

    Ferreira delivers some great art throughout the issue. The action is visually stunning and as thrilling as the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 19, 2023

    Moon Knight: City of the Dead is a must-buy for fans of the MCU show, but also for fans of the supernatural elements of the character. There's nothing more supernatural than throwing a supernatural character into a supernatural setting, which is well done here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 2, 2023

    The setup and execution here is solid all around and it covers the necessary bases while doing it with style. As is the case with most books like this, it has to satisfy both new readers and old fans so there's a lot of familiar narration or flashback material that's blended in to help with that and it can be tiring but necessary. Once beyond that, there's a lot to like with how it plays out as Pepose captures a solid voice for Marc in both his forms and I really love the visuals for the city itself once they cross over. The only thing is that it's just doing so much so fast that the pacing left me with a bit of whiplash as it has to try and provide enough hooks to keep you coming back, which I understand. But it's frustrating to be stuck in this cycle sometimes as it can take a great work and bring it down a bit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Jul 20, 2023

    Towards the end of the comic, the team-up heading into future issues is simply amazing. This scene alone is enough to keep readers hooked and looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 21, 2023

    I was glad to pick this up. It's written well, and visually once it gets its footing, it really shines. I've lapsed on the main series, and this just makes me want to catch up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jul 19, 2023

    City of the Dead captures what's allowed this new era of Moon Knight to thrive while adding its own flavor and style to the mix, and it would seem that Moon Knight fans have a whole new reason to look forward to new comic book day. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 25, 2023

    Now that Marc is off into realms beyond life, Pepose and company are going to have to tread pretty lightly. The supernatural location is going to pose some problems, as it might bend Marc in an exclusively supernatural direction thats going to alienate the basic humanity of the character. Moon Knight has always worked best as a balance between street-level crime and the supernatural. If Pepose and company can maintain that, theyll have a hell of a series on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 24, 2023

    Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1 is a whirlwind of fast-paced and captivating ideas that will excite any reader, but it sometimes runs the risk of overwhelming them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 28, 2023

    The issue works as a fine introduction to a comic where a determined Moon Knight will be in a different realm filled not only with the Sons of the Jackal he dispatched at the beginning of this comic but plenty of old enemies he's sent to the afterlife. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jul 19, 2023

    Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1 sends Moon Knight on a journey to the Underworld to save a boy's soul. There are copious amounts of big, loud action and obstacles to hinder Moon Knight's quest, but the volume of noise crowds out what amounts to a super simple plot, making for a frequently tedious read. Read Full Review

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