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Before he was the macabre Moon Knight, he was mercenary Marc Spector. Witness the origin of the hero known as Moon Knight! Cloaked in the spirit of the Egyptian moon god, Moon Knight swears vengeance on “Bushman”, the mercenary who takes innocent lives and leaves his colleagues for dead.


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Before he was the macabre Moon Knight, he was mercenary Marc Spector. Witness the origin of the hero known as Moon Knight! Cloaked in the spirit of the Egyptian moon god, Moon Knight swears vengeance on “Bushman”, the mercenary who takes innocent lives and leaves his colleagues for dead.

30 review for Moon Knight (1980-1984) #1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I've become obsessed with all things Moon Knight recently, so it goes to figure that I'd eventually have to break down and read his origin story in the first issue of the 1980 comic. Now, like most superheroes, this isn't his first appearance, but it is his first time getting his own title. And guess what? It was pretty good! Marc Spector is a mercenary with a heart. <--Sort of. When he notices that his team commander (Bushman) is killing for thrills and gold instead of just doing what needs to be I've become obsessed with all things Moon Knight recently, so it goes to figure that I'd eventually have to break down and read his origin story in the first issue of the 1980 comic. Now, like most superheroes, this isn't his first appearance, but it is his first time getting his own title. And guess what? It was pretty good! Marc Spector is a mercenary with a heart. <--Sort of. When he notices that his team commander (Bushman) is killing for thrills and gold instead of just doing what needs to be done, he and his BFF (Frenchie) make a plan to get the hell out of Dodge. I think I would have known something was wrong with Bushman when he came back from the tattoo shop with a white skull emblazoned on his face...but, then again, not everyone is as good at reading people as I am. While Marc and Frenchie pack their shit, an archaeologist and his daughter (Marlene) hear that this group of mercenaries is planning to attack the village they're in, ransack their dig site, and sell the ancient goodies on the black market. Dear Old Dad takes it upon himself to sneak up on Bushman and save the day! It doesn't work out well for him. Marc tries to stop the old man from getting killed but he's too late, and once Bushman realizes that Marc isn't on board with the raping and pillaging, he kicks his ass and drops him in the middle of the desert to die. Long story short (too late!), Marc ends up in Konshu's tomb with Marlene where he dies, then somehow gets resurrected by the Moon god. Ok, as much as I enjoyed this, there are some really clunky transitions that let you know this is definitely 1980's style storytelling. For example, one minute Marc is fighting Bushman & Co., and the next he's got his Moon Knight persona back in the States and living large as a superhero. There's a ONE-page description of Marc's other aliases (Steven Grant - playboy, Jake Lockley - Cabbie, Moon Knight - vigilante) and not much else. Somehow, his alter ego Steven's 'Wall Street wizardry parlays Marc's meager savings into a millionaire's fortune', Marlene and her fuzzy slippers are living with him, and Frenchie is working with him behind the scenes as a more Pariasn version of Alfred. Still, this was one of the better, more thorough, origin stories I've read in quite some time. If you're interested in this character, I'd recommend you read this and #2. This tells you Marc became Moon Knight, and the next issue shows you how he meets (and comes to work with) Geena & Crawley. Recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Max's Comic Reviews and Lists

    Khonshu I have finally begun my journey into the crazy ass universe of Moonknight. Starting with issue 1. In terms of setting up the world of moonknight I thought this issue did a good job. Moench’s concept for the origin is actually very original feeling. I love it. The art is frickin great and I like the early Moonknight suit. Frenchy is set up very quickly but that wasn’t a problem because Frenchy as of now is functional as a sidekick or ward or what ever he is. What isn’t alright is how Khonshu I have finally begun my journey into the crazy ass universe of Moonknight. Starting with issue 1. In terms of setting up the world of moonknight I thought this issue did a good job. Moench’s concept for the origin is actually very original feeling. I love it. The art is frickin great and I like the early Moonknight suit. Frenchy is set up very quickly but that wasn’t a problem because Frenchy as of now is functional as a sidekick or ward or what ever he is. What isn’t alright is how goddamn rushed everything else is. How the hell does Marc Spector have ninja level fighting skills? Why did the story brush over the 4 identities so fast? It’s really lazy and noticeable that Moench just wanted to squeeze everything in as soon as possible. Marlene’s introduction is better than I thought it would be but also worse at the same time. The creativity is there it’s just her reaction to everything that was happening. I find it very hard to believe that Marlene would come to care for Marc at all. And in terms of the “Is Moonknight a copy of Daredevil and Batman?” argument, I’d say yes and no. Yes because he dresses up in a cape and costume, fights criminals at night, throws batarang like blades, has Daredevil like fighting sticks, has his version of Alfred, Moon Vehicles, and strikes fear into criminals *breeeeeaaath!* And no because Marc Spector later on will become insane, kills people, dresses in white, wants people to see he’s coming and has a much more interesting origin etc. Letter Grade: (B)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    The first issue of the FIRST Moon Knight series! This introduces the Egyptian god Khonshu but not the fact that Marc’s different identities are different personalities! I did enjoy more background on Marc but did not like that Marlene hated his guts one second and then the next was like; ‘he’s so handsome’. Yes, we know they get together but come on!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Derek Neveu

    Story has holes, but I like the origin. Impressive vocabulary in this book, but then the writer goes and does things like the following which cheapens it: After Marlene finds Spector dead in the desert and decides to leave him in the Pharaoh’s tomb for retribution for killing her father (he didn’t), she pauses and says, “but he is handsome.” 🤦‍♂️ She also called a strip club a “jiggle joint”, and that made me laugh!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark Gonzalez

    Marc Spector, merc, discovers an archeological dig of an ancient Egyptian temple. After being ambushed by mercenary leader, Raoul Bushman, Spector is left to die. Ancient worshipers discover his body, taking him to statue of the lunar god, Khonshu. Wrapped in cloak, Spector is giving a second-life as the crime fighting Moon Knight. It’s difficult enough to deal with two identities, let alone four: Moon Knight, Marc Spector, Steven Grant (millionaire playboy) and Jake Lockley (taxi cab driver). A Marc Spector, merc, discovers an archeological dig of an ancient Egyptian temple. After being ambushed by mercenary leader, Raoul Bushman, Spector is left to die. Ancient worshipers discover his body, taking him to statue of the lunar god, Khonshu. Wrapped in cloak, Spector is giving a second-life as the crime fighting Moon Knight. It’s difficult enough to deal with two identities, let alone four: Moon Knight, Marc Spector, Steven Grant (millionaire playboy) and Jake Lockley (taxi cab driver). Although the human identities have little depth--bad actors--Lockley’s diner escapades provide some respite from the some typical hero moments. Villains like Nimrod Strange, Marlene the ‘bond’ girl, his right-hand man Frenchie, don’t help counter the notion that Moon Knight isn’t all that different from past iterations of ‘white knights.’ Simply Bond meets Batman would've sufficed as a review. The series really doesn’t come to its own until 14th issue. The first appearance of the beautiful and mysterious, Stained Glass Scarlet. Discovering a voice and consistent narrative that fully embraces Moench’s literary prose. Alongside an evolving art style that becomes more and more Bavaesque, Moon Knight overcomes its unavoidable comparison by transforming into something unique, even horrifying. With Scarlet, the forlorn mother who lives in an abandoned church is perpetually haunted by what what she has to do when her criminal son comes back into her life. A showcase of what can be achieved when the hero mainly exists to highlight the villains. Such villains including, a nazi rat (15). Morpheus, Moon Knight’s biggest foe—the man who lives in an eternal nightmare. And fan favorite, The Dark Spectre (25). The empathetic war-vet reborn as Moon Knight’s doppelgänger. Finishing Moench’s epic run is the story of Lenny. The street thug who, by pawning his mother’s cherished music box, is held to confront the sins of the past. “And now the street called dough row is ruled by no one, save the howl of a lonely wind.” But by the time the series hits stride, Moench and Sienkiewicz are replaced. The series falls apart, only lasting a few more issues. But for about a dozen issues or so, Moon Knight is one of the best written and best drawn super hero comic of the early 80’s.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    It was a fun read! If looking at this through a modern lens I would say it's a little basic and uninspired yet for the time this was released it was quality content! I would recommend this quick read for any fans of comics and adventure! It was a fun read! If looking at this through a modern lens I would say it's a little basic and uninspired yet for the time this was released it was quality content! I would recommend this quick read for any fans of comics and adventure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Δημήτρης Μπ

    Πρώτη εμφάνιση του Moon Knight σε δική του σειρά, όπου ξεκινάει με ένα origin του ήρωα. Το τεύχος περιέχει μια πολύ ικανοποιητική μείξη δράσης και βίας (χωρίς αυτή να είναι βέβαια τόσο γραφική όσο στις σύγχρονες σειρές του ήρωα) και θα ήθελα σίγουρα να δω τη συνέχεια της σειράς.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mikey The High School Librarian

    Absolutely loved this issue. Great origin, great messaging, and I thought the writing was clear.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cloudia

    Moon Knight TV show announced so what better time to revisit one of my favourite Marvel characters!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colecionador Clandestino

    É uma HQ de apresentação de personagem ok somente

  11. 4 out of 5

    Damien Cowger

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jon Llewellyn

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric Peter

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jakob VonFramptonstein

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim Spearing

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

  17. 4 out of 5

    Del!rium

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Turnbill

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Caudill

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anwaar Hashem

  21. 4 out of 5

    Godzilladad

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Decoteau

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Lee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angel Diaz

  25. 4 out of 5

    7️⃣

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike Romps

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tvrtko Balić

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yannick Wessa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chad Bunch

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