This article contains spoilers for Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #1, on sale by Marvel Comics
In Marvel’s latest comic, Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #1, some of the best writers and artists come together to bring not one, but three stories to life. Each of these stories is told using a variety of art styles, storytelling elements, and characters with an interesting color palette. As the title suggests, the only colors used in this issue are shades of black, white, and red.
Fans can see variations of Khonshu’s Fist of Vengeance managing conflict and making alliances. Because the stories are told in such a specific way, one wonders if they share with the actuality of the Moon Knight comics. More likely, this news is crucial information about the life of the titular hero. From a publishing perspective, it’s a refreshing way for Marvel creators to experiment with potential storylines and see what fans gravitate towards.
The first comic, “Anubis Rex,” features storytellers Jonathan Hickman and Chris Bachalo. They tell the story of a sci-fi version of Moon Knight on an apocalyptic space expedition to discover beetles. These red gem-like objects contain the essences of Ra before he disappeared. These scarabs were scattered throughout the universe by his believers in hopes that he would one day be reborn. Moon Knight is accompanied by a dog and a young girl wearing a bunny hat. She is a priestess of Khonshu while he is her knight. Together, the two search for Ra’s scarabs across the galaxy to prevent his return. The art is monochromatic with accents of red highlighting small details until the panels bathe in them. This story is on the border between science fiction, horror and humor to make it an interesting piece.
The second comic not only features Moon Knight, but also Spider-Man. “So White, Yet So Dark” features storytellers Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande. The New York landscape is painted in black and white, except for Spider-Man who stands out against the gray panels. He wants to ask Moon Knight something, but Moon Knight is busy. Spider-Man offers to help him “be less busy” on the condition that he consider his request. Marc accepts and the two leave in the night to intercept a delivery.
Complications arise, as they usually do for Marc and Spider-Man. However, with Khonshu’s help, Marc’s attire changes from a suit and cape to something similar to the Moon God’s appearance. Marc calls it the “ghost ripper armor”, and he uses it to finish the job. This armor comes with a more Egyptian style cape and armor. Mummy wraps can be seen on his arms and legs along with a bird skull mask.
The last story in this issue is by far the most interesting in terms of narration. Entitled “The End”, creators Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornes tell this story backwards, starting from the end. The comic sticks with the colors black, white, and red, however, the order of the panels can be confusing to understand. It begins with Moon Knight lying in the snow with a gaping chest wound. He is accompanied by a woman named Dayna Williams.
By the end of the comic, fans are able to piece everything together. Dayna had to testify against a powerful man and her former protection was removed. She asks Moon Knight to help her, as he is the protector of travelers in the night. The villains try to take them out, but Marc emerges victorious, even when he takes the bullet for Dayna. This unique way of storytelling, even if experimental or just a limited event, provides readers with incredible pieces of Moon Knight stories. It’s a perfect way to introduce new readers to the series and the comic book character as a whole. The next issue in this series will feature another group of incredible creators with three new stories to tell. Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #2 will be released by Marvel Comics on June 15, 2022.
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