Second, the book marks the end of an overarching story arc. But wait, you say, wasn't every issue written as one-shot stories? Yes, so we were led to believe, but Ellis pulls a fast one with issue #6 and reveals to us the one unifying thread that he cleverly wove into the first issue: an unassuming beat cop who would go on to become another pitiful rogue in Moon Knight's gallery.
My favorite part of what is being hailed as the creative team's swan song of the series is Ellis' attentiveness to the hero's history—something that I've praised time and again in almost every review. Until now, only one character from Moon Knight's supporting cast had made an appearance in the new series with next to nothing in terms of explanation as to why Marc's most important confidantes are missing. Ellis finally appeases the long-time Moon Knight fans with special guest appearances by Marc's long-time off-and-on again romantic interest, Marlene Alraune-Fontaine, and old mercenary buddy and mooncopter pilot, Jean-Paul "Frenchie" Duchamp. This also offers explanations as to why Moon Knight has, thus far, led a largely solo operation.
Moon Knight: God and Country in 2008. So who is the new Black Spectre? You'll just have to read the comic to find out!
Shalvey gives it one last and glorious hurrah with this issue, proving once and for all that he and Bellaire are an artistic duo of epic proportions. The scenes leading up to the final battle are swathed in appropriately moody inks and mundane colors, all culminating into a fiery blaze as this creative team goes out with a bang. As an extra special treat, readers are treated to a 4-page preview of issue #7—Wood and Smallwood's debut—which does not disappoint (at least, it doesn't disappoint me).
Moon Knight #6 gets 5 stars out of 5 for both the writing and art. Ellis and Shalvey go out guns blazing while Wood and Smallwood sneak in with confidence and promise. I urge anyone who is reading this series not to drop the book after this issue, as I'm sadly seeing many profess to doing after the nearly-perfect first six issues. Let's not kill something good even if it's changing hands; instead, let's celebrate a fresh take with open minds and a fan's appreciation for all things Moon Knight.
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