Moon Knight #3
Marvel Comics 2021
Written by Jed MacKay
Illustrated by Alessandro Cappuccio
Coloured by Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by VC’s Corty Petit
An apostate priest, Moon Knight has taken on Khonshu’s duty as his own. To the people he protects, this is a blessing. To Hunter’s Moon, this is sacrilege. It is no small thing, to betray a god and take on his role. And when the Fist of Khonshu offers shelter to vampires, the ancient enemies of the Moon God? The Moon Knight requires correction, and Hunter’s Moon will bring him back to the right path — whatever it might take.
What Jed is doing here is mighty impressive to me. He has taken everything Marc has been through and continued his journey in the most logical manner possible and is creating a new extension and natural progression of his life. It is also turning into one of the more fascinating and interesting chapters in his life and I wasn’t quite sure that was going to be possible but here we are. Jed’s amazing and he’s doing a lot of work right now and it’s clear to see why. I also really like the idea of expanding the world of Khonshu and his various disciples aside from Marc and we’ve seen hints of his agents in the past, Kang The Conqueror's new book, and I really appreciate this expansion.
I am loving the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does an amazing job with the characterisation. I love seeing personalities being brought to the forefront and not just Marc but Reese’s as well. The pacing is excellent and as it takes through pages revealing more of the story just manages to pull us even further into this.
I like how we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen. The layers open up new avenues to explore while also adding this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is impeccably achieved.
The more I see of the interiors the more I’m becoming accustomed to them, possibly liking them more. I am a detail guy. I like the work to be clean, crisp and strong especially with someone like Moon Knight and we see this in the backgrounds which are utterly fantastic. They manage to enhance and expand the moments while also working within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. I’m in awe of the colour work because the whites that we see and the near iridescence of them really shine through here. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a stellar eye for how colour works and how to maximise its effects.
This issue really is exciting because it shows that Jed isn’t going to go slowly on this; he's going to start off with a bang and keep up the kind of pacing that feels like there’s no rest for the wicked. There is something to be said about that too because it creates an atmosphere surrounding the book that you may or may not notice but recognise. This really is exceptionally well written with some killer characterisation and a very stylised interior that makes this chapter of his life something extraordinary.