The tingles I got picking up Moon Knight #1 were real - Moon Knight is one of my personal favorite characters in the Marvel Universe, and as someone who has spent most of his adult life playing a character on the radio, a part of me really related to Marc Spector. Seriously.
The new creative team of Jeff Lemire on writing and Greg Smallwood on pencils team up with returning Moon Knight colorist Jordie Bellaire to deliver a unique twist on the Spector we've all come to love: Marc wakes up in a mental institution after a conversation with Khonshou, the Moon God who he serves. The first thing that grabs you is, as usual with her work, Jordie's colors. They POP off the page and make you sit up and pay attention to what's coming next. The galaxy coloring and the almost muted colors of the Egyptian scenes are brilliant.
Jeff Lemire spins a story of a "New Egypt". While this #1 may be slightly confusing to those not familiar with the Moon Knight story (or Egyptian history) it sets a VERY interesting tone for this story arc - Marc Spector has no idea what is even reality anymore. While he has always struggled with his own identity, now he's struggling with the identity of the very world around him. There is a big reveal near the end of the issue that is a WOW moment, and it sets up this series with a lot of intrigue and a TON of questions.
The best thing Greg Smallwood does in this book is be Greg Smallwood. His art is solid and consistently very good. Where Smallwood REALLY gets to shine is the end of the issue as we see things through Moon Knight's eyes instead of Marc Spector's. Smallwood's attention to detail is also appreciated, as Spector changes his body language drastically as his confidence changes during the issue. Oh, and his Khonshou is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.
The biggest drawback to this book is the reliance upon the reader's previous knowledge. If I wasn't a massive Moon Knight fan or mildly addicted to documentaries about ancient Egypt, I'd have felt lost at certain points in this book. Given that it is a #1 however, I would assume many questions will be answered in future issues.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10 Psychotic Breaks
A strong first outing from a mostly new creative team, with a really intriguing take on a beloved character. Interested enough to add it to my pull list each month and see where Marc Spector's mind goes next.