The Weird Finale Marc Spector Deserves: Moon Knight #200

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
We see what happened to the Truth and the Sun King after being taken down by the Moon Knight. They began the process of healing when Ernst broke them out of the asylum to recruit to his cause. Now, the Sun King freed himself of Ernst’s machinations and wants to help Marc stop Ernst’s cult. Moon Knight, his newfound followers, and the Sun King go back to Marlene and Diatrice to rally for a final battle against the Truth and Ernst’s cult.

Moon Knight #200 cover by Becky Cloonan
Moon Knight #200 cover by Becky Cloonan

Moon Knight #200 is just as frigging weird as one could hope for a big bombastic finale to this series. Max BemisMoon Knight has been one of the unsung heroes of Marvel’s Legacy reluanch, and it both surprises and disappoints me that it’s ending here. Maybe someone else will pick up the torch soon.
In any case, this big, messy, and weird ending unites Moon Knight’s aggression with a villain aiming to be better. It also shows a mentally ill supervillain actually recovering and getting better, which is something Batman can’t say for his roster of rogues.
It focuses on the mental health of Marc, Sun King, and Truth a lot, which is something more recent issues of Moon Knight have done, especially under Bemis. It’s a nice change of pace and is something that gave this stint of Moon Knight an identity apart from other superhero comics and even previous iterations of the title.
It’s a chaotic ending. While there is throughline narrative, the logic of it all is so offbeat, and the flashbacks sprinkled throughout add to that sense of chaos. It fits the title and characters, and it grants the book a personality all its own.
Moon Knight #200 art by Jacen Burrows, Matt Milla, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Moon Knight #200 art by Jacen Burrows, Matt Milla, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeff Lemire, and Jacen Burrows join artist Paul Davidson for this finale, and the team comes together in a way that is cohesive enough to feel like coherent book while bearing enough differences to contribute to the quirky tone of the book. Plus, each artist does a good job on their own– I especially love that Lemire’s work is used for a comic book made by Marc’s daughter, Di. Matt Milla covers the color work of the book, with Lemire coloring his own section. The palette used for the comic is also quite chaotic and fluid, and it looks good.
Moon Knight #200 is a nutty finale worthy of Marc Spector’s reputation. It once again highlights the theme of mental health, taking it seriously while having a sense of humor about it too. It also has Moon Knight and Sun King pounding on Nazi sadists, which is pretty damn awesome. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Moon Knight #200 comes to us from writer Max Bemis, artists Paul Davidson, Jacen Burrows, Jeff Lemire, and Bill Sienkiewicz, color artists Matt Milla and Jeff Lemire, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Becky Cloonan, and variant cover artists Philip Tan with Marte Gracia, Kevin Nowlan with Frank Martin, David Finch with Frank D’Armata, Bill Sienkiewicz, Klaus Janson, and Jesus Aburtov with Joe Frontirre.

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