Sunday, March 8, 2015
MOON KNIGHT: THE EARLY YEARS
Well, I was hooked immediately on the character as written in that story by his creator, Doug Moench. The funny thing is that now, having not read the mini-series in over a decade, I don’t really even remember the plot. But I fell for the trappings of Moon Knight more than the story: he’s an ex-soldier of fortune turned wealthy playboy with numerous secret identities, he resides in a sprawling mansion with his beautiful live-in girlfriend Marlene and his confidante/pilot, a fellow ex-merc named Frenchie, and he goes out at night in his stealth chopper to fight crime as the Moon’s Knight of Vengeance, to atone for his dark past.
In short, the guy is awesome.
(We’ll ignore the fact that more recent writers have turned him into a certifiable nutcase, which he never was in the original Moench tales. He suffered from multiple personalities, to be sure, but he was completely grounded and not at all delusional.)
Anyway: HIGH STRANGENESS turned me on to other Moon Knight stories and within a year or two of browsing back issue bins at local comic shops and conventions, I had acquired every single Moon Knight appearance, in any Marvel comic, up to that point (most were pretty cheap at the time). A handful of writers had scripted Moon Knight over those years, but it was the earliest work from Moench that resonated with me the most. His Moon Knight, prior to receiving his own ongoing series and gaining a quasi-mystical origin, was a jet-setting character of action and intrigue, almost like James Bond in a superhero costume.
Moon Knight — the original Doug Moench version — is one of my favorite Marvel characters. Hopefully the next couple months will explain why.