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Comic Book Throwback Review – Moon Knight #6 (Marvel Comics)

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Moon Knight #6

Writer: Doug Moench
Pencils: Bill Sienkiewicz
Inks: Klaus Janson
Colorist: Gaff
Letterer: Parker
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Everyone

Marc Spector takes all of his personalities on vacation, but mysteries abound as a voodoo priest and his skeleton minions have the island of St. Lucia held in fear.

 

Voodoo Child in Moon Knight #6

Coming back atcha with another Comic Book Throwback Review. Today we are looking at one of my favorite superheroes in Moon Knight #6. This is the original 1980s Moon Knight series and it is really a gem of a series. It also probably boasts some of the best cover art ever! Seriously, this issue Moon Knight #6 being a prime example, but really just go through this list—most all of them are just beautiful!

Moon Knight #6 (Marvel Comics) cover by Earl Norem
Moon Knight #6 (Marvel Comics) cover by Earl Norem

So, with a lot of these throwback reviews I like to tell how these comics came into my hand. Well, this one wasn’t free and didn’t come from an old camper. But this is where a huge chunk of my 1980s Moon Knight/Daredevil collection came from. I didn’t really start getting into Moon Knight and Daredevil until 2009 and 2010. I read things with them in it periodically and wanted more. Well, a flea market type deal opened up in the old town mall where I lived at. It was kind of odd, the mall had been like abandoned for a few years and now a random flea market opened inside of it. I and my wife (girlfriend at the time) went and walked around. Wouldn’t you know it, but a guy had a booth full of long boxes!

Mall Market

So, I excitedly go over and start flipping through. Wouldn’t you know, just at the time I wanted for DD and Moon Knight, this guy has all kinds of 1980s comics of them both. Plus he had them for $1 an issue (he even gave me some 2 for $1; what a deal). Let me tell you, those $1 add up pretty quick, and before I knew it, I had $200 worth of Moon Knight and Daredevil comics on my hands. To the cash machine I flew, and came back to my old apartment with my treasure, which Moon Knight #6 was a part of.

This is more of a story of how my wife is a trooper and knew what she was getting herself into before marrying me. I mean, that’s probably not the most financially responsible move I ever made. I mean, you know, I could have spent $200 on much more needed things. But sometimes you get caught up in the excitement. I would like to think I learned from this experience. But then I see a 50 cent or $1 comic book sale and I go right back to my old self.

Voodoo

Let’s get into Moon Knight #6, written by Doug Moench (the creator of Moon Knight, introducing him in Werewolf by Night #32). Moench wrote almost all of this original Moon Knight run and is responsible for most everything famous about the character. Moench starts off the issue by introducing us to our hero and his many personalities. He has a great starting line of “A man with many identities and more moods, he changes from one to the other smoothly, as nature dictates, like a serpent shedding old skin”. It is a great line and feeds into describing the other personalities of Jack Lockely, Steven Grant, Marc Spector, and Moon Knight.

Moench also wins me over quickly by using one of my favorite words, “melancholy”, twice within the first few pages. I think Moench hits the sweet spot with this series for Moon Knight as well. He alludes a lot to the multiple personalities and it causing problems, but he doesn’t fully focus on it all the time, which I think creators have tended to focus on a bit too much on, here, recently.

Anyway, back to Moon Knight #6. Marc Spector gets a letter asking for a favor. Which leads to a trip to St. Lucien. Which Marc’s girlfriend is excited about. Marc decided it would be a good time to cash in Steven Grant’s promise to himself as Jack Lockely, his friends Crowley, Gena and her kids for helping out in a previous case with Moon Knight. So the whole crew, Frenchie included, heads to St. Lucia for a vacation of sorts.

Mystery Inc.

In St. Lucia is when Moon Knight #6 turns into a bit of a Scooby-Doo episode (which I am not complaining about). But anyway, Marc’s friend is a calling in a favor for saving Marc’s life in a battle in their past. Turns out he is a police chief now and someone is scaring the locals with some voodoo, claiming to be the “White Angel”, turning people into zombies and such. So, Marc investigates as Moon Knight finds people dressed in skeleton costumes abducting locals. He then has a great plan to use Gena’s kids as bait to catch this “White Angel” voodoo priest. You know, I don’t know, but Moon Knight seems very lackadaisical about putting these kids in danger, and we are only on issue #6.

So, the kids get abducted and secrets are revealed. Turns out the White Angel is some white guy dressing up as a voodoo priest of legend and turning people into “zombies” by injecting drugs into them. He is doing all this to protect his poppy fields to produce heroin, and dressing up his gang members like skeletons to induce fear. So, I was not lying about the Scooby-Doo angle. The rest of the issue goes as planned. Moon Knight saves the day and fun in the sun is had!

Phases

Moon Knight #6 is another issue with some top-notch artists. We not only get Bill Sienkiewicz on pencils (who pens most of this run) but also the incredible Klaus Janson on inks! So those are two all-star artists teaming up on this issue. It shows throughout the issue. There are just some incredibly detailed panels and pages through Moon Knight #6. Even the smaller panels are filled with a crazy amount of detail on them. The two work incredibly well together.

This is early Sienkiewicz with a much “cleaner” style. He does a lot of beautiful character work through the issue. Each individual has a wonderful independent look to them. There is also a lot of great panel work through the issue. Sienkiewicz uses a ton of smaller panel work to his advantage to tell a captivating story. There are a lot of 8- and 9-panel grids in this issue that he uses incredibly well.

Klaus Janson does some strong inking work, which is not surprising. Most of us know Janson from his work later on with Frank Miller, but this shows his incredible eye for detail and how he can bring out the best in different artists. He does a fantastic job of highlighting different aspects of characters and making different details stand out in them. The coloring is also very well done by Gaff, and strong lettering work from Parker as well in Moon Knight #6 (no other names given for those two creators). [Ed. note: I think I found them.]

Scrappy-Doo

Moon Knight #6 is a good issue; the story is so-so, but it is not terrible and pretty fun. A lot of these early Moon Knights do have that Scooby-Doo vibe and lean on the more supernatural aspect (what do you expect from a guy introduced in Werewolf by Night and given powers by a Moon “deity”?). And I am fine with that vibe and the bent toward the supernatural, it was what made me like the character. Pus Moench does a great job of teasing the psychological strain of all these different personalities while not fully focusing on them in each and every issue.

The art, again, is the stand-out in this issue. I mean, how can you not love some Bill Sienkiewicz and Klaus Janson? They are two incredibly talented artists and it shows throughout Moon Knight #6. If you are looking to get into Moon Knight, probably don’t start with this issue, but if you are already a fan this is a good little read. 3 Moon Copters out of 5!


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