We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire
Matt C: Arguably one of the best comic book writers of all time returns to the mainstream with an ongoing title, and the majority of us will take a look in the hopes of answering the question, ‘Has Warren Ellis still got what it takes?’ Moon Knight #1 offers up a pretty strong case to say that he has. Moon Knight has always appeared to me to be a bit of a blank slate, ripe for reinvention, and although various writers have attempted to reinvent Marc Spector and his alter ego, none of them have taken him in a direction that’s really stuck. Ellis’ is approach is to acknowledge the schizophrenic past, acknowledge the ‘poor man’s Batman’ accusations, and then attempt to reinvigorate the character as a sort of costumed vigilante riff on Sherlock. And it works. It works because Ellis is still capable of crafting some fearsomely intelligent scripts – even when he’s doing the work-for-hire thing – and it works because Shalvey and Bellaire produce some creepy visuals, nicely emphasizing the extreme whiteness of the costume that ensures our hero’s enemies can see him coming. Ellis is still up there in the pantheon, and always will be I’d imagine, but it’s my fervent hope after this strong debut that this doesn’t get abandoned by the writer too soon as he’s clearly onto something here. 8/10