THE END OF MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 1, MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 2, and the “ALAN ZELENETZ” era

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Artist since issue #1 Bill Sienkiewicz left with issue #31, and writer (and character creator) Doug Moench left a few issues later.  By #36 (above), sales of the direct market book were falling fast and without the original creative team the book wasn’t even getting buzz any more.  They threw the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in with issue #35 but nobody cared.  I was still buying the book at the time, but even I, who had ever single appearance of Moon Knight and was a superfan, started to rethink the full dollar expense.

Alan Zelenetz and Bo Hampton finally killed the series off with #38….

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Yes, they gave him a happy ending.

Ugh!

Alan Zelenetz is best known as a film producer and as Darren “The Wrestler/Life of Pi” Aronofsky’s Judaic teacher and advisor.  He is NOT best known as a comic book writer, although he did do quite a bit of Conan writing for Marvel.  Bo Hampton, ironically, would follow Sienkiewicz again when he took over after Bill left New Mutants several years later.

This is a terrible ending to a brilliant series.  Very sad.

As for Moon Knight the character, he’d appear in Marvel Team Up #144 before Alan Zelenetz once again  tried to ruin bring back the character in Moon Knight Volume 2…

MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 2: HOW TO TURN A CHARACTER FROM COOL TO CORNY IN JUST SIX ISSUES

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Gone is any subtlety or room for doubt.  In this origin retcon from Moon Knight Volume 2, #1, Spector is clearly dead and Koshnu is clearly not just a voice in the character’s head….Moon Knight has moon-super-powers!

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And now his costume isn’t just all white, it’s got gold flourish.  It’s the Donald Trump version of Moon Knight.

Even a great Bill S. cover here and there can’t save the second volume of Moon Knight, subtitled, “Fists of Koshnu.”  It’s just bad.  Bad bad bad.

Next: Moon Knight joins the Avengers, and it’s not as bad as it sounds.

But it is bad.

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