Review: ‘Moon Knight’ #10 Reveals A Hero’s Heart

by Tony Thornley

It’s clear that Marc Spector is a different sort of hero. In Moon Knight #10, we get to see what sets him apart in several different (and horrifying) ways.

Cover by Cory Smith & Rachelle Rosenberg

Jed MacKay, Alessandro Cappuccio, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Cory Petit show us the terrifying consequences of $%^&ing with Moon Knight.

A brutal killer has escaped from prison. He is coming for Moon Knight and the Midnight Mission. What he actually finds will shake both men to their cores. The real threat isn’t to Moon Knight. It’s to those around him.

MacKay has proven himself as a writer able to create a story with layers. The layers here are a deep dive into Marc’s psyche, through a visit to Doctor Sterman, who gets the most page time to date in the series here. But through those layers, as Marc recounts his fight with the sociopath Rutherford Winner, we get to see how Moon Knight has created a support system around him that isn’t quite a family. They’re the sort of friends who have been through trauma together and thus are closer than family in some ways.

The twist of the story is masterful. It’s a slow build that you don’t quite see coming until just a moment or two before. Cappuccio paces it just right that the hints are there in the art, but you don’t realize that he’s giving you hints until a panel before we see it. Petit’s dialogue boxes draw the reader through the words MacKay put into the script, but are placed in a way that creates a visual tapestry along with the art. Then in a series of panels where the creative team gets into lockstep, and Rosenberg gives an eerie glow, the twist happens, and the reader is filled with a sense of dread through the last page.

It’s not just that sequence where the art is great. Cappuccio builds tension through the fight with Winner, mixed with the therapy session. It drives the story while MacKay weaves a tapestry around what’s about to happen. Rosenberg makes it feel very ethereal (especially after the twist), and she continues that with the simple glow of a cell phone several pages later.

Without this complete creative team, this book wouldn’t have been half of what it was here. This was a riveting read, and the perfect book for the character as he hits the largest stage he’s ever been on.

Moon Knight #10 is available now from Marvel Comics.

Overview

This issue proves to be one of the series’ best to date. The writing is tense, and the art builds upon that. Without this creative team, it would have been half the issue it is.

Overall
9.5/10
9.5/10
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