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Moon Knight Vol. 1 (Moon Knight)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  635 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews

The wait is over! Moon Knight is you've never seen him before! And we mean NEVER! The Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Maleev tear into the mythos of Moon Knight with the same verve and derringdo they brought to Daredevil. A MARVELOUS reinterpretation of one of the most enigmatic characters in Marvel history starts right here!

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Marvel (first published December 21st 2011)
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I know what I'm doing.

Do you, Mr. Moon Knight? Do you really?
Because I don't think you do.
I think you're a jackass mental patient with a penchant for getting your ass handed to you by everyone you meet.
While wearing a white outfit.
Why? Why are you wearing white?! Idiot!
Dirt, road grease, and all of the random gore (from your multiple ass-kickings) will be impossible to get out!
I don't give a shit what the Oxyclean guy says, nothing gets copious amounts of blood out of fabric.

And, to top it o
Aug 17, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Poor Marc Spector. He’s in Hollywood producing a TV show loosely based on his superhero exploits as Moon Knight. It’s a terrible show, but still probably way, way better than Agents of SHIELD.* He’s also a third-rate superhero, who’s also suffering from multiple personality disorder. In this case, he believes he’s talking to Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America when he needs superhero advice.

He invades a strip club dressed as Spider-Man (the costume is worn over his Moon Knight outfit) and
An interesting and mostly unknown Avenger (except to the big fans) who suffers from a number of problems. One in particular was presented well. I couldn't tell what was likely going on until it came out in the story.

Feb 23, 2016 Donovan rated it liked it

A solid read but not my favorite. Moon Knight is nuts. He hears voices, hallucinates, fights villains way above his ability. But he's funny, or at least he tries to be.

One thing this seriously lacks is mythology, considering how "alternative" the character. There a few pages of flashback but largely his origin is skipped, which I feel most people don't know about. Moon Knight instead feels more like a mental patient than a vengeful spirit.

I don't love the artwork. Occasionally it can be stark a
Quentin Wallace
Sep 24, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it liked it
I've always been a big fan of Moon Knight, but lately it seems like the writers just try to see who can make him the craziest. In this volume, the creative time is Bendis and Maleev, who had a great run on Daredevil. The art is still very good, the story doesn't match up the the Daredevil run (but that was a really good run, so that's not surprising.)

Moon Knight is on the west coast producing a TV show based on his life. His newest psychosis is his split personalities are Wolverine, Spiderman an
Feb 19, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
I've read most of the recent Moon Knight writers, and they've all done a good job of illustrating just how batsh*t crazy Marc Spector really is, and how he deals with the constant push-pull of all that split personality.

Bendis does a stellar job of continuing that work, and making it believable - not the constant torture of the demons day and night, but pulling on Marc just when he's running internal monologue. Like we all do, only this is a bit more...pronounced.

I really like the tightrope tha
Sam Quixote
Oct 17, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Having only read Charlie Huston and David Finch’s take on Moon Knight in “The Bottom”, I didn’t have the best opinion of Moon Knight - a schizophrenic drug addict saved from death by an Egyptian God and tasked with saving lives dressed in white decorated with Ancient Egyptian paraphernalia. The character seemed contrived and Moon Knight/Marc Spector was too intensely troubled to be relatable or sympathetic. Enter Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. While Maleev is arguably Finch’s equal in art ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
This was full of crazy. I'm not talking about Grant Morrison type crazy "I don't understand what he just happened" shit. I'm talking about the fact that the main character talks to voices in his head, and is completely ok with it.

And you know what? It was freaking awesome!

I've never read any Moon Knight before, or much Marvel if I'm being completely honest...don't shoot me I'm making a conscious effort here! I had heard some really cool things about this character so I thought I'd give it a go
'kris Pung
Oct 06, 2014 'kris Pung rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

Ah so this is why people like Bendis, I was beginning to think I was the only comic book fan on the planet that wasn't completely head over heels for everything with his name on the cover.

Man what a batshit crazy dude Marc Spector is but he still somehow manages to not completely show it to the other Avengers. I mean they get whiffs of it here and there and handle him w/ kid gloves at times but if they only knew how bonkers he really is they'd throw him in a padded cell. I thin
Aug 06, 2012 Chad rated it it was ok
Really weak compared to what Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz did with the original Moon Knight. A superhero with multiple personality disorder instead of a secret identity is a great idea until you make those other personalities super heroes, as well. He used to be Moon Knight, Jake Lockley, Stephen Grant and Marc Specter, and never sure who he really was. Now he also thinks he's Spider-man, Wolverine and Captain America, too? Just stupid in my opinion. Maybe Brian Michael Bendis writes too man ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Moon Knight is a new comic book hero for me, but I find I like him quite a bit. I like the concept of his identity, and the fact that he is in fact, suffering from what appears to be schizophrenia, in that he hears voices talking to him. At first, I didn't get it when Wolverine, Spider-man, and Captain America show up to give him a pep talk. I thought they were there in real life! Nope, they are a manifestation of his mental condition.

Also, I liked how this book shows how the Avengers were build
This was actually my first Moon Knight story, and Brian Michael Bendis rarely disappoints. There's some humor here. Specter's "day job" is producing a TV Show based on his own origins as Moon Knight, and the show is terrible. There's also a lot of digs at himself as a C-rate super hero that nobody really knows even though he was an Avenger that kind of reminded me of Star Lord. He's proud of himself for taking on a Thor-level bad guy. He also has developed a personality disorder in the form of S ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Dave rated it liked it
I liked Moon Knight a lot, growing up in the 1970's. We didn't have comic book stores back then, so I was at the mercy of the local 7-11. I'd grab a copy of Moon Knight when I could.
This new version is ok. I'm not crazy about how he's written, or drawn. Part of what I liked as a kid was the "look". It's not the same in this version-his costume is the same, but the art work is not.
This version of Moon Knight seems to have schizophrenia. The story opens with a gimmick, which for me grows old qui
Jan 28, 2015 Colin rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I never heard anything about this series when it was coming out. It was only once Marvel relaunched the title in 2014 with Warren Ellis as the writer that I heard about this 2011 series, written by Brian Michael Bendis. The 2014 series, which is still ongoing, has received acclaim from critics and fans alike. What's funny is that, half the time, when someone starts talking about how great Ellis' Moon Knight is they also start talking about how horrible Bendis' Moon Knight was. Despite all the ba ...more
William Thomas
Feb 13, 2012 William Thomas rated it liked it
I love Moon Knight. I love the mythos and Marc Spector being absolutely off his rocker. Bendis' interpretation of his schizophrenia is quite a bit more benevolent than previous writers'. I think that is mainly due to the fact that the other Moon Knight books in recent years were very quickly cancelled and the character needed some mass appeal instead of the extreme edge. Too bad this series will end at issue number 12 due to low sales despite the rewrite.

I was bothered by the fact that Marc Spe
Jun 16, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Although I'm not a huge fan of the character Moon Knight, I am a fan of Brian Michael Bendis writing. Some people aren't (and I don't understand those people) but what can you do. I'm even more of a fan of Brian Michael Bendis writing Spider-Man, as Spider-Man should be funny and Bendis is great at writing comedy. This is not a comedy however. Moon Knight is a pretty tragic, tortured hero in the Marvel universe actually. Moon Knight suffers from schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder, a ...more
Shannon J.
Jan 30, 2015 Shannon J. rated it did not like it

A person with Multiple Personality Disorder (Or whatever it's called now) does not develop 'new' personalities just from hanging out with other superheroes. So just in general this book is horribly researched.

Saying that, this book is very... Bendisy. Lots of talking heads, and such. It also SUPPOSEDLY ties into Age of Ultron, but the only tie in is a lost Ultron head.

Not recommended.
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 07, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Though this isn’t as good as Bendis & Maleev’s Daredevil, I think it could have been with time. The characters of Moon Knight and Echo are great, as are their interactions. The plot is fine enough, but it’s the characters that the book is built around. I’m also surprised at how flat-out funny it is from time to time.

The evolution of Moon Knight's character is particularly interesting. He admits that he's trying out new things, and though I can see why long-time fans might have preferred to s
Jan 24, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it
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Joshua Buhs
Oct 20, 2015 Joshua Buhs rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The best-written Moon Knight-as-crime-fighter.

There are two Moon Knights, and no writer has yet brought them together into a whole. Heck, most of the writers have ill-served Moon Knight. Early on, he was a testing ground for those who, in their more mature writing, would re-create Batman during the 1980s, finally stripping him of the silly-sixties patina (albeit laying a framework that has been impossible to break since then, every writer wanting to make an even grittier and grittier Batman.)

Jonathan Schildbach
Aug 14, 2015 Jonathan Schildbach rated it really liked it
My rating here is probably a bit high--but it's a 5-star system. Anyway, I'm not really wild about Maleev's artwork. It works well in some situations, is cool but confusing in others, and just kind of sloppy in still other places. I'm also not wild about the whole "diagnosis" that comes out. Rather than Spector just hearing voices, or talking with figures from his past, it's being openly called schizophrenia now--and there's a huge difference between being haunted by one's past, and being diagno ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
Read this book honestly not expecting to dug it that much. Moon knight is a bit of a tumultuous character and is often polarized in his deciptions as either "tortured" or "bat-shit insane sadomasochist". Bendis takes a much more grounded approach to the crazy crusader (context, Moon Knight has D.I.D.(ish)) and does his best to just let the character flow naturally as a sort of B-list superhero sleaze in an even sleazier world. What results is a book with character and style that I can get behind ...more
Note: I posted this review for both Vol 1 and Vol 2 of Bendis' Moon Knight.

Bendis was one of the first comics writers I really liked -- I have the first 60 or so issues of Powers which, coincidentally, came out right when I started reading comics. Since Bendis has become the Marvel mega-writer, I've been less interested just because I'm less interested in these established characters. But After I read the Warren Ellis Moon Knight, I discovered that Bendis took a crack at the character just a cou
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Sep 16, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
I only knew Moon Knight by the brilliant Marvel Now series, with Warren Ellis, Brian Wood and (to a lesser extent) Cullen Bunn crafting and excelent episodic comic book. This earlier take on the character by Bendis & Maleev is very different from this series, but a good read nonetheless. It is more focused on Marc Spector as a character rather than a force of nature, which is what he basically is in Marvel Now series. It is not as smoothly written as some of the more well-known Bendis works, ...more
Jordan Lahn
Jul 16, 2014 Jordan Lahn rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. It was interesting seeing Marc's alternate Avengers personalities influence his actions and change his fighting style. I don't know that there's much that makes this story distinct from any other superhero story, but as always I love the way Bendis writes dialogue.
Dec 30, 2011 Sonic rated it really liked it
The writing is crazy-good.
The art is insane,
though in a way more comic-booky than Maleev's previous work in Daredevil.
And yes our hero Moon-Knight is a few suits short of a full deck,
and that is why this was so much fun!
Mar 29, 2015 John rated it it was ok
Poor Moon Knight. He can't catch a break. When he's not being criminally underused he's being misused. In this story our hero is exploited by the writer mercilessly as a victim of schizophrenia. The writing manages to make light and backhandedly mock the character for this, toeing a weird line between pulp and poor humor. The story could be interesting (it involves a fight over Ultron's head), but Moon Knight seems hapless most of the time, deluded in a way that seems calculated to make you smir ...more
Grant Laird
Mar 26, 2016 Grant Laird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Moon Knight especially the original series when I was young. I am trying to read Moon Knight again. This series is interesting and I wasn't quite expecting this character in this book called Echo who is "deaf" superhero who play as "lover" with Moon Knight. I don't know much about Echo herself yet it's making me curious and check her out on another series especially at Daredevil series. Perhaps Echo will appear on Daredevil TV series on Netflix in the near future. It would be a ...more
Sierra Dean
May 26, 2015 Sierra Dean rated it really liked it
I love Moon Knight. Like... a lot. Mark Spector is legitimately nuts, he hear's voices, and sees people who aren't there. But the difference between him and a supervillain is that those voices direct him to do good. He's an absolutely fascinating and underused Marvel hero. And here, written by Bendis, he really gets a chance to shine.

This is also my first experience with Echo, and she might fast become a favourite. I can't wait to go back and read her Daredevil appearances. A deaf, minority supe
Nov 06, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Gritty but enjoyable. Moon Knight is cracking up while still trying to fight crime on the West Coast. A new Kingpin is establishing himself by trying to buy some potentially apocalyptic technology, and our hero and a couple partners he picks up along the way seem totally outgunned trying to stop super-crime from gaining a foothold.

It's a Brian Michael Bendis vehicle, and it bears many of his hallmarks, good and bad. Everyone in our story seems reasonably intelligent, which is a positive, but the
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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