In Midnight Sun, Charlie Huston continues his reinvention of Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight, as a broken, hateful, possibly insane and largely ineffectual hero.
With his ex-girlfriend wisely seeking love elsewhere and his former sidekick trying not to get involved, Spector attempts in this volume to build a new stable of supporting characters -- none of whom, so far, make much of an impression. So, perhaps in an effort to lure readers back to the book, Huston brings in a four-pack of solid and reliable guest heroes -- Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Punisher -- while skirting the issue of the Civil War, the concurrent "big event" in the Marvel arena.
But nothing changes the fact that it's really hard to like this new incarnation of a once popular, second-tier character. Neither truly helpful nor homicidal (Moon Knight won't kill, although maiming and disfiguring people is all in a day's work), he seems rather to exist in some sort of heroic gray area -- at this point, still struggling to justify his existence more than anything else.
Sadly, Moon Knight continues to be a boring, even distasteful read. And there's just no good excuse for that failure.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(net) editor
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