Written by: Jed MacKay
Art by: Alessandro Cappuccio
Colors by: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: December 22, 2021
Moon Knight #6 finds Marc Spector on the ropes against Zodiac. When Hunter’s Moon intervenes to reluctantly save Specter’s life, we get the full story of Hunter’s Moon’s origins and what may be next for the Fist of Khonshu.
Was It Good?
Where, Jed MacKay? Where has this kind of storytelling been for the last five issues?!?
This is the type of issue Moon Knight fans have been waiting for. In Moon Knight #6, we pick up in mid-cliffhanger as Zodiac gives Marc Spector a smackdown in the streets after Spector narrowly escapes getting caught in an explosion. When Hunter’s Moon arrives, after a pleading call for help from Reese, readers are treated to the full backstory of Hunter’s Moon’s origins as he works on Spector’s wounds and prepares him to return to the streets, perhaps better than he was.
You could make the case this is a filler story as it’s almost all flashback for but it accomplishes so much. We learn how Dr. Badr aka Hunter’s Moon became another Fist of Khonshu. his origin story clearly lays out his aversion for Spector and his friends, particularly Reese. And, we see how Badr injects mystical elements into the way he does things more than Spector ever has, hinting that Spector’s growth/evolution will bring him in alignment with Khonshu in a spiritual way… maybe.
The story is well constructed, we learn a lot, the Badr’s backstory is interesting, and I’m interested to see what comes out of the potential partnership between two estranged brothers. On top of all that, Cappuccio’s art is excellent.
The one weak point in the issue is, unfortunately, the main villain, Zodiac. It’s not clear what he wants or why. What’s his game plan? What’s he after? Readers should not be floundering to figure out the main challenge before our hero after six issues. Decompression has its place, but this ain’t it.
Bits and Pieces
Moon Knight #6 is the strongest entry in the series so far because questions are answered, characters are developed and grown, and the spark of potential has been lit. Couple the solid writing with the outstanding art by Cappuccio and you have a winner of an issue. The only thing that stops this entry from getting a top score is the mind-boggling lack of information about the villain after six issues.