Charlie Huston and David Finch continue their reintroduction of the character to the Marvel Universe.
In the first story arc, “The Bottom,” we saw a broken Moon Knight rebuild himself—without the help of Koshnu—into a hyperviolent street vigilante. In this issue, Spider-Man finds Moon Knight beating the crap out of a bad guy. As the issue progresses, we see that Koshnu has been replaced by the fleshless ghoul from “the Bottom,” who is a spectre only Marc Spector can see.
Unlike Koshnu, this appears to be clearly a manifestation of Spector’s subconscious—the first indication that he is truly mentally ill. This is another reinvention. When Moench launched Moon Knight #1, it wasn’t clear whether he had powers derived from the moon God. When the character was hijacked into West Coast Avengers, he became a mystic force. Now we’ve come back to the grit, back to the streets, and he’s just a crazy guy looking for a fight and driven by his own demons.
This particular story involves all of Moon Knight’s superheroic past—and his rejection of it. And in #8 there’s a truly hilarious conversation in which Captain America tries to get Spector to change his mugger-beatin’ ways, but fails…