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Comic Book Review: Moon Knight #4

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Book: Moon Knight
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Summary from Comixology: Moon Knight goes somewhere even more messed up than his own mind. Something is happening to the subjects of a sleep experiment that’s driving them all insane.

Just a heads up for any potential readers of this series. I am on issue 4 of the series, and I also like really weird and trippy things. David Lynch is one of my favorite filmmakers if that is any indication for you. And honestly, this book is really f–king weird. I have no clue what is going on, and I kinda like that. For crying out loud, in the last issue he beat the crap out of some ghost punks. (I talked with some friends who run another blog, Outright Geekery, and they filled me in that each of these issues is stand alone.)

The Good:
Warren. Ellis. He’s the only reason I am reading this book. Before he was on board I had zero interest in the character. Four issues in and I’m still trying to figure out what I am reading, and I really like that feeling. At first I was completely lost and it felt hopeless trying to piece this story together, but finding out that everything is stand alone it makes the series a lot less confusing. I also want to say that Declan Shalvey has some beautiful art in this book. A few times I was just mesmerized by the book and found myself just becoming lost in the art. Just like in the previous issues, at one time Mr. Knight goes batshit crazy and just destroys a guy. That alone was worth the sticker price of $3.99.

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The Bad:
This is not your typical comic book. This is a really weird book that feels like it should be on Image or IDW, not Marvel. I know a lot of people that have no interest, or are considering dropping this book, because of how weird it is. If you are looking for a fun story that isn’t too serious, or a story that will carry over to the next issue, this may not be the book for you. I personally like weird and out of the box things, but if that isn’t your cup of tea, this isn’t the book for you.

The Final Say:
If you are a fan of weird for the sake of weird, or if you like beautiful stunning art, this is a perfect book for you. If you want to feel a little crazy, jump into the pages of Moon Knight, it captures that feeling perfectly. As Moon Knight states “Dreamers are people who travel at night,” I hope you are ready for some twisted dreams. Over all I have to go with a solid 3 out of 4. I was about to drop this book, but I’m glad I stuck with it and have a better understanding of the insanity that comes from Warren Ellis and that is depicted in the character of Moon Knight.

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