- Written by: Jed MacKay
- Art by: Alessandro Cappuccio
- Colors by: Rachelle Rosenberg
- Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
- Cover Art by: Cory Smith, Rachelle Rosenberg
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release Date: May 25, 2022
Moon Knight #11 is a race against time as Moon Knight and friends look for Dr. Sterman before it’s too late, and Reese is left to defend the Midnight Mission alone against Zodiac and his band of killers.
Was It Good?
Jed MacKay is on a hot streak with the last two issues by doing exactly what was needed – focus on the main threat and make it hurt. Monster-of-the-month shenanigans are done with… for now. Hunter’s Moon plays a part in this issue, but only briefly and off-panel. It’s all about Moon Knight’s conflict with Zodiac.
When last we left Moon Knight, he learned via Waxman that Dr. Sterman had been kidnapped by Zodiac. Now, we see Moon Knight hunt down Dr. Sterman’s kidnappers, only to find Sterman’s rescue opens up a vulnerability according to Zodiac’s plan. MacKay wisely sets up Zodiac to be a few steps ahead of Moon Knight, frustrating our hero’s efforts and escalating the stakes. It’s always a good idea to make the villain seem a little more powerful or smarter than the hero because the hero has to rise to the occasion to win or die trying. That’s what the heor’s journey is all about – overcoming something greater.
Sadly, we don’t get any more information about Zodiac’s origins or motivations. His villainous monologues present him as a Joker-esque character, willing to commit all kinds of chaos and acts of violence to get Moon Knight to become his “true self”. The speech is a familiar one in comics these days, but to MacKay’s credit, Zodiac’s actions make him a strong counter to Moon Knight.
When Moon Knight finds himself between a rock and a hard place, he makes a deal that hints at consequences in the near future. Marc’s exchange with Khonshu shows off a new side to the power of their relationship and builds curiosity about the price Marc will have to pay.
Cappuccio’s art is great in this issue. The brushed black shadows give off a charcoal rubbing effect that helps blend the characters into the shadows more effectively, creating a creepy tone. The colors are excellent, and Rosenberg, again, does a fantastic job giving Marc a moonglow that catches your eye in every panel.
This is another great issue in a series that seems to have found its rhythm.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Bits and Pieces
Moon Knight #11 keeps the energy, tension, action, and drama on a high note coming out of the previous issue. Zodiac is still a loosely defined character, but he presents a formidable threat, and Moon Knight is forced to grow to meet the challenge. The art is stellar, the writing is excellent, and this series is in the best place it has been for quite some time.