Acts of Evil: Moon Knight Annual #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Art: Ibrahim Moustafa, Matt Horak, Rain Beredo, Mike Spicer, and VC’s Joe Sabino

Price: $4.99

Release Date: September 11th, 2019

Kang the Conqueror and Moon Knight race each other throughout time and alternate realities in search of the three totems of Konshu. Who will retrieve them first??

I’ll admit to being a bit confused as to why we’re getting a Moon Knight annual when there isn’t even a Moon Knight series going on currently. Not an ongoing or mini. But as Moon Knight is one of my favorite characters I’m not complaining one bit! Let’s hope this annual fares better than some of the other recent annuals that seem to be not not much more than just a few steps above nonsense.

Moon Knight is an incredibly complex character with multiple personalities or multiple personas depending on your point of view. Cullen Bunn has decided to not address that issue fully, and is just dealing with Marc Spector as Moon Knight. He’s not completely skirting the issue though. He has Moon Knight show feelings of guilt, conflict and not being able to trust himself. So, that’s sufficient enough for me. He touches on the subject without making it more than it needs to be. Honestly, it makes it easier than trying to remember which of the four personalities I’m dealing with. I mean, I can’t remember what I did yesterday so I can’t be expected to keep track of all that, right??

The premise of the story is nothing new at all but Cullen makes it work surprisingly well. We’ve basically got a scavenger hunt/race throughout time and alternate worlds. It gave me a very Indiana Jones/National Treasure vibe. And despite Nicholas Cage, I like all those movies a lot!

In an effort to prevent Kang from stealing the three totems of Konshu, Konshu scatters them throughout the time stream, and that sets off our race. Holding all three artifacts for a brief second allows whoever is holding them to shape the world in their image.

As seen in the above image the world is made anew in Kang’s image. Konshu has a band of sidemen of sorts known as the Priests of the Moon scattered who also are looking for the totems. As we travel to different locations spread over thousands of years these Priests assist Moon Knight in his quest.

Without giving any major spoilers, what we end up with is a very fun ride filled with action, self-doubt, tests of faith, and even some humor.

I literally almost broke into song at one point.

Read the issue…..that’s all I can say.

With Moon Knight appearing in The Punisher and being included in some upcoming Avengers issues there’s even a nice line about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

The art is fabulous. The colors by Mike Spicer deserve mention. His silvers, blacks, and shadows make Moon Knight quite an intimidating figure

My hope going forward is that we see a whole lot more of Moon Knight. I’d really like to see Cullen Bunn do an ongoing series. I really believe he’s one of the most unique characters in the Marvel Universe.

Final Thoughts:

Jump on for a super wild ride through time! This is the best of the Acts of Evil one-shot annuals BY FAR. It adds to the mythos of Moon Knight while being contained in a single issue. Bravo!!

8.6/10

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