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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Reader's Diary #3007 - Jeff Lemire (writer), Greg Smallwood (artist): Moon Knight


Of all the new Marvel shows on Disney+, I feel Moon Knight garnered the most mixed reviews. Despite having some of the best acting the MCU has seen courtesy of Oscar Isaac, it seems that a lot of people just didn't get it. It was a lot to take in, I admit, but I loved it.

I'd read a collection of Moon Knight comics before but wasn't wild about it. Not surprisingly, given I'm a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, I loved this one. It's also, for what it's worth, much more aligned with what Marvel Studios did with the TV show. 

There's always a mystery about Moon Knight: who is he and what the hell is going on? But more confusingly (and more interestingly in my opinion), just as you start to put the puzzle pieces together, you start to realize that some of the pieces belong to another puzzle. And another puzzle. And another?!

Still, even if you don't figure it all out, it's fun. More importantly, and here's where Lemire's character building skills come in, we need to sense that however much fun it is for us, it's equally if not more frustrating for the character. You need to feel for him.

Complementing Lemire's emotional and action-packed story is beautiful art by Greg Smallwood and others who totally capture the madness and varying characters.

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