Returning to the show is top tier Patroony and musician Drew Tombz, to discuss with Rey a requested Moon Knight issue from Lemire – certainly a series that has stamped itself as one of the most important for Moon Knight’s canon –
PHASE: WAXING WANING CRESCENT
SEGMENT: LUNAR-PICK MODERN RUN REVIEW
MOON KNIGHT VOL. 8 # 14 – ‘Birth & Death Part 5’
Released May 2017
In the past, Marc Spector, mercenary, is left for dead in the Egyptian desert and as he makes his way across the sands, his other identities begin to speak to him. Steven and Jake comfort Marc and ask him to rest. They also assure him that HE will be coming soon.
As night falls, Marc starts to hear Khonshu’s voice and it’s as if by the light of the moon, Marc is led towards a great temple. A dying Marc pleads for life and strikes a bargain with the apparition of Khonshu, who dubs him Khonshu’s Knight.
Back in the present, Mr. Knight walks through the hospital in search of Khonshu. He hears a scream at what appears to be Marlene but as he enters one of the rooms, he is greeted with Ammut and one of her Jackals. Mr. Knight is drugged and laid out on the table in the room. Ammut has rigged him up for shock therapy and in a strange display of parallel lives and realities, Khonshu is also shown laying the dying Marc onto an altar in the temple.
As the switch is flicked and a jolt of current surges through Mr. Knight, it does the same to Marc (in the past) and Marc finds himself resurrected in the temple, where he made a deal with Khonshu. He sees Marlene there and to his surprise she says that he was dead only moment ago. Marc – now having been reborn by Khonshu – has a clarity of purpose and he describes himself as, ” …a ghost. A Specter of the Moon. The Moon’s Knight of Vengeance”. He grabs the robe off the statue of Khonshu, proclaiming he has work to do.
Marc’s resolve is reflected in Mr. Knight and all of a sudden, Mr. Knight breaks free of the shock therapy restraints and overcomes Ammut and her Jackals. He heads to the rooftop of the hospital and finds Khonshu there, waiting for him. Khonshu throws illusion after illusion at Marc but none can overcome him. Left with only Khonshu in fornt of him, Marc refuses to be afraid anymore, and it’s this determination that weakens Khonshu. Marc combines all his identities and in one final act of defiance, he crushes Khonshu into dust.
With Khonshu gone, there is a peaceful calm over Marc and he looks up at the moon and relishes the silence. As it begins to rain Marc questions a little the reality he is in, but he doesn’t let it worry him for too long. The rain on his face feels real enough, and for Marc, that’s good enough for him.
Drew: 🌖 10 /10 – Big Fuck Off Moon
Rey: 🌖 9 /10 – Full Moon
Shine those idols, and dust off the cape….IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR KHONSHU ON!
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