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Review: Moon Knight #1 (Ellis and Shalvey)

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 03/07/2014 - 12:30am, updated 03/07/2014 - 8:34am
Writer: 
Warren Ellis,
Art: 
Declan Shalvey,
Colors: 
Jordie Bellaire,
Letterer: 
VC's Chris Eliopoulos,
Cover: 
Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire,
Publisher: 
Marvel Comics
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
March 5, 2014

If at first you don’t succeed …

How many starts does this make for the pale Avenger since debuting in Werewolf By Night? Even I, a longtime fan of both, have lost count.

But the name of Warren Ellis has always symbolized quality to me, and that is what brings me to these pages now. (Sorry, Mr. Bendis.) And although there was more that I was hoping for, more that I wanted out of this first foray, I was not disappointed. Ellis begins the new adventures of the slightly whacked-out batman in spades.

Before you know it, Ellis has given you all the information you need to begin your nighttime adventures with Moon Knight. More than once in the script, Ellis reminds you that our hero is insane, shaken not stirred. But it does not matter because the adventure the writer takes you on is so engrossing you do not even worry about the fact.

It is in reestablishing Moon Knight’s status quo – and this is not the first time for that, as we know – that Ellis falls a bit short here. I was hoping for a clearer picture of today’s cowled crusader and how he may be different from previous incarnations. It is apparent this will be a Moon Knight of the street, but also of the noir nighttime tales his like (Batman, DD, Punisher) favor.

And the art by Declan Shalvey …! I thought previous iterations were beautiful, but Shalvey’s hold on Ellis’ script makes me think they may want to retitle his credit to "co-creator." From front to back, Shalvey captures the tone Ellis is seeking and never lets go. Projecting emotions onto the facial countenance of a masked star is not easy, but Shalvey has no problem.

Simply a great and classy debut issue. Golden … or at least moon silver.