Moon Knight #190 Review: A New Meaning to In-Fighting

Moon Knight #190
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Writer: Max Bemis, Artist: Jacen Burrows, Inker: Guillermo Ortego, Color Artist: Mat Lopes, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes, Design: Nick Russell, Editor: Jake Thomas, Assistant Editor: Mark Basso, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Sun King, our mystery pyrokinetic worshipper of the god, Ra, has linked up with Raul Bushman, former associate and current foe of Moon Knight, to collaborate on bringing down Marc Spector. What they come up with is unsurprisingly vicious.

Meanwhile, Marc Spector and Jake Lockley are having an internal conflict over Lockley's methods.

Moon Knight #190 cover by Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes
Moon Knight #190 cover by Jacen Burrows and Mat Lopes

Max Bemis' Moon Knight may be the new gold standard in uncomfortable laughter. There are plenty of moments in this comic where something kind of awful or disturbing happens, and you can't help but get a bit of a chuckle out of it.

That humor does venture into tone-deaf territory, and it is a little odd to see Moon Knight making some quips. However, it does make sense for the turn this character is taking.

The final act is an effectively tense scene which plays on the Hitchcock method of creating tension. Instead of a bomb under the table, it's a pyrokinetic maniac over the table.

The ending also brings in a couple of twists which definitely shake up Marc's world. They were pretty unexpected too. They were genuinely good twists.

Moon Knight #190 art by Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego, and Mat Lopes
Moon Knight #190 art by Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego, and Mat Lopes

Jacen Burrows' distinctive art style remains near-perfect for this comic. It's super-clean and deceptively simplistic detailing just fits the unhinged personalities of Marc Spector. Mat Lopes' light-saturated color art adds that extra layer of brightness to contribute to that aesthetic.

Bemis and Burrows made quite a splash in Moon Knight #188, and they've continued their hot streak through this issue. I continue to highly recommend this comic. Give it a read. You definitely should be on the Moon Knight train.

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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.