Moon Knight #189 Review: The Truth Does Hurt After All

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Moon Knight #189
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Writer: Max Bemis, Artist: Jacen Burrows, Inkers: Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego, Color Artist: Mat Lopes, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes, Designer: Nick Russell, Editor: Jake Thomas, Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski, Associate Editor: Mark Basso, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

A train his hijacked by a mysterious individual going by the moniker, the Truth. If that’s not bad enough, the self-proclaimed avatar of Ra is making moves across the city.

Marc Spector goes through a successful day as Steven Grant before seeing the news story about the Truth’s disaster. He subsequently dons the cowl of Moon Knight and goes to confront the rogue.

Moon Knight #189 cover by Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes
Moon Knight #189 cover by Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes

This comic hit a lot of sweet spots for me. From the get-go, we are presented with a macabre scene of the Truth using his psychic abilities to infect the train engineer with what amounts to terminal nihilism. That said conductor immediately declares “Humanity is perverse. Genocide is the comeuppance we deserve. There is no creator. Undebatable. Love is a contrivance. Undebatable” and finishing off with, “I hate everything. Halle-f***ing-lujah.”

That’s quite the opening salvo. It only gets better from there, with Khonshu being our POV character, explaining the current status quo of Moon Knight for the uninformed reader. Marc Spector is functionally splitting his life between the Spector personality and Steven Grant. Jake Lockley is buried away until they need him.

It is a bit odd to see an Egyptian god exhibit a tendency for dry humor. Though, if it is just a further expression of Spector’s multiple personality disorder, then it might actually make since.

The Truth is an interesting, if drably named, villain and seems like the exact kind of psycho Moon Knight should be pounding on.

Ra’s building subplot is simultaneously macabre and oddly charming. Ra is a nice guy so long as you follow through with his wishes. Otherwise, he wills set you on fire.

Moon Knight #189 art by Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego, and Mat Lopes
Moon Knight #189 art by Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego, and Mat Lopes

The fight sequences in the comic are well-portrayed and extremely bloody. As such, I dug the hell out of them. Jacen Burrows’ artwork looks fantastic here. It’s unnervingly sterile and clean, which contrasts the blood and gore in a clever fashion. Mat Lopes’ color art is bright and saturated, also contributing to that entertaining dissonance in visual tone.

Moon Knight #189 follows up on the engaging and slow burn (haha! pun) of the previous issue with an action-heavy and brutal issue with a new villain and a surreal depiction of Marc Spector’s current life. It was a great read, and I highly recommend it. Pick it up.

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(Last Updated November 30, 2017 5:25 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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