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Writer: Brian Wood
Art: Greg Smallwood & Jordie Bellaire
Matt C: I’ve very much warmed to the idea of the baton-passing between creative teams that seems to be this title’s M.O. Get in, fire on all cylinders for six issues, then hand over the reins to someone else. Warren Ellis’ initial sextet was a blast, but it feels like Brian Wood has seen the gauntlet thrown down and decided to take the challenge by producing an arc that’s even better. To be fair, Ellis was more interested in the ‘done-in-one’ approach, while Wood – whilst incorporating elements of that approach – has an overall plotline weaving his issues together. Here we have Marc Spector captured by unknown forces, biding his time before he breaks free, all the while attempting to convince the moon god Khonshu that he’s made a grievous error by shifting his focus away from Spector. Wood’s script is beautifully paced, like a slow-burning fuse, while Smallwood’s judicious use of panel choreography and grid structure builds up the tension to breaking point. Eleven issues in, Moon Knight may very well be Marvel’s most consistently brilliant monthly title. 9/10