MOON KNIGHT #13 (1981): Daredevil!



Daredevil and Moon Knight meet for the first time.

Issue #13 means we’ve had a full year of this very unusual comic.  The layouts and art by Bill Sienkiewicz has become increasingly experimental, and Doug Moench’s scripts tend to take standard street-fight concepts and tweak them just a bit, or tell them in a way that’s generally grittier and more realistic than most books.  And the titular hero’s personality continues to become stranger and more impenetrable.  His costume is white but, ironically, Marvel’s Batman is a much darker character. And, so far, this has all been self contained.  This could have been happening anywhere.

But with issue #13, we know it’s happening in the Marvel 616.

It makes sense to pair Moon Knight with Daredevil and, as silly as he may seem, Jester is one of the more hardcore DD villains. His “toys” are brutal, and he really likes to beat the crap out of civilians.

The final panel has the two heroes laughing at Jester while he gets driven away in a cop car, under arrest.  See—they’re laughing?  And he’s the Jester?  Come on, it may be corny but it’s a good way to end the tale.

In all, though, it’s just not a great story.  Overall, Moench is having trouble identifying the core of this character.  The art really sells this book and makes it above average, while the scripts need some work.  But, to his credit, Moon Knight is a really hard guy to write.

Creators: Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz
Grade: B-

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