Written by: Jed MacKay
Art by: Alessandro Cappuccio
Colors by: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover art by: Stephen Segovia, Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: September 7, 2022
Moon Knight #5 continues Marc Spector’s newfound partnership with his alternate identities to gather intel on the Structure and its enigmatic vampire leader, Tutor.
Is It Good?
Moon Knight #15 is a well-crafted, well-rendered, well-paced book about nothing. Truly, nothing happens in this comic which seems to be the modus operandi of most Marvel comics out this week.
The plot revolves around Marc Spector speaking with his therapist about his new arrangement with his alternate personalities, how that new arrangement needs a little refinement in a few areas, but also how that arrangement benefits everyone. We see how Jake Lockley uses his network of seedy castoffs to figure out that Tutor is choosing to stay out of Chinatown. We see how Steven Grant uses his network of wealthy patrons to find out more about the assassins who attacked him in the last issue. In between, Marc comes clean to his friends and associates about his D.I.D. That’s it.
We don’t learn any more about Tutor or the Structure. They don’t show up at all in this issue. Tutor doesn’t make any moves toward his grand plan for taking over NYC, and the assassins who fled at the end of the last issue are nowhere to be seen.
You could make the case this is a world-building and character-building issue, but the building should happen through the plot progression and action, and we get almost none of either here.
Cappuccio and Rosenberg still turn in excellent art in this issue, even if there’s not much to draw that’s interesting unless you consider Steven Grant getting a haircut at an upscale salon interesting. The panels flow beautifully, the linework is excellent, and Rosenberg’s coloring is outstanding.
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Moon Knight #5 gives readers plenty of world- and character-building, but does so at the expense of any action or plot progression. Almost nothing of consequence happens in this issue other than readers learn why Marc Spector developing a cooperative relationship with his other personalities is valuable. If you’re looking for fun and excitement, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.