I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got one new comic plus a hard cover collection:

  • Walking Dead -77
  • “Murder Mysteries” by Gaiman and Russell
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    “Moon Knight – The Bottom” by Charlie Huston and David Finch

    A friend of mind dropped off a bunch of Marvel trade paperbacks for me back in August. A lot of stuff I usually don’t read so it gives me a chance to catch up on what Marvel has been offering over the last few years.

    First up is this Moon Knight book from back in 2006. I was a Moon Knight fan as a kid and really liked the book during the Moench/Sienkiewicz run in the early 80’s. I don’t think I’ve read many stories featuring Moon Knight since then. I remember there being a revival of him in the mid 90’s that I never read but other than that I don’t think I’ve even noticed him.

    I’ve never been a fan of origin stories. They’re all the same to me. First the person wasn’t a super hero, then something happened, and then he was a superhero. I’m just waiting around for the person to become a super hero so the story can begin. There’s a reason Stan Lee used to make his origin stories only eight pages long. Today they make them six issues long.

    “Moon Knight – The Bottom” is a ‘Rebirth” story. Basically that’s an origin story told all over again. At the beginning of the story Moon Knight, in his civilian identity as Marc Spector, is washed up, injured, and no longer in the fight. It takes until issue six until he’s fully Moon Knight again. I found everything in between to be mumbo jumbo. But it’s that way with me and most origin stories.

    Finch’s art work is highly illustrative and pretty to look at but hard to follow. I found his storytelling confusing a lot of the time. He likes to use a lot of close-ups and overlapping panels and I couldn’t always tell what the heck was going on. There were a lot of nice pin-up shots though.

    This volume was a miss for me. I didn’t like the story or the storytelling. It’s nice to flip through and look at some pretty pictures but that’s about it for me. I hope some of the other Marvel TPBs are better than this because I don’t really like writing bad reviews.