Things Are About To Get Weird: Warren Ellis Relaunching MOON KNIGHT
Moon Knight has always been a character with a dedicated fanbase, but his solo comics over the years haven’t quite caught fire. That might change in Marvel NOW! Phase 2 when the highly acclaimed Warren Ellis takes on Marc Spector next year.
According to the LA Times, Ellis will be joined by artist Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire for the new series. Ellis briefly spoke about his take on the title and what he likes about the weird character who was brought back to life by an Egyptian god. Moon Knight has been compared to Batman since his creation, but Ellis wanted to point out that the hero is definitely no Batman copycat:
The man is demented in more interesting ways than I think Batman ever was. His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts…. I like that.
Moon Knight recently had a 12-issue series from Brian Michael Bendis that didn’t quite catch on, but it did explore Moon Knight in a different way. Since the character’s introduction his origins have been tweaked and altered considerably. Ellis will be trying to straighten things out, saying his story “unifies all the previous takes, making the character whole and taking him forward into a new kind of crime fiction.” Ellis expands on his crime fiction comment and says ‘weird crime’ is a good description of the type of stories he will be telling. The author will take a street-level, crime noir-like angle on the character. Said the scribe “The best Moon Knight stories for me were always ground-level but weird crime. Weird crime’ has kind of been the touchstone for me for this revival.”
Along with some brief words from the author about the new series, The Times debuted some preview pages of Shalvey’s pages. It has a very crime noir feel in black and white, but we’ll have to wait and see what sort of colors Bellaire goes with for the finished product. What do you think about Ellis taking on Moon Knight? Will you be checking this one out?
Source : LA Times HeroComplex