Rey invites Villain extraordinaire, ‘Jack’ Russell Moran to do a very different sort of arc – one that is off the back of the new reveal of a Moon Knight villain in Jed MacKay’s run –
SEGMENT: OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON – MOON KNIGHT VILLAIN ARC REVIEW
DARK REIGN VOL. 1 #1-3 –
“For the Sake of Mischief”
“Ill Gotten Gains”
“Death’s Finest Addiction”
Released June – October 2009
Russell and Rey chat about the coming of what seems to be a very dark and deadly foe for Moon Knight – after reading this arc, there’s plenty to fear for our Fist of Khonshu!
BARE BONES (Written by Rey):
Zodiac wages a personal war against Norman Osborn in what seemingly looks like a thirst for anarchy. Recruiting accomplices such as Manslaughter Marsdale, The Clown and his own lover, Death Reaper, Zodiac causes terror to HAMMER and Osborn, by killing his men, before turning his attention to superheroes.
Luring Johnny Storm into an old SHIELD complex, Zodiac taunts the Human Torch enraging him, making him reckless and careless. Passing through a tunnel turns out to be a trap, and the Torch is severely hurt from the Energy Siphon system, before Zodiac callously beats him to an inch of his life.
With Johnny in hospital surrounded by Sue, Ronin and Hank Pym Zodiac continues the onslaught by rigging the hospital to blow. Hundreds of people die in the explosion but Sue manages to save a few with her force field, including the superheroes and her injured brother.
Not content with causing that mayhem, Zodiac also rigs phantom alerts to HAMMER that Galactus is coming. Osborn touches base with Agent Murphy, who has been following the case and correctly believes the random events are tied together. Osborn dismisses this and demotes the concerned Murphy to a glorified desk job.
With Paste Pot Pete and Whirlwind (who had been acting as a mole with HAMMER) now joining the villainous crew, Zodiac unleashes yet another act of terror in procuring a gaint robot to lay waste to New York City. Osborn and the Avengers have to contest with the destruction but all this is slowly revealed to be nothing more than a diversion for Zodiac and his true plan is revealed.
On top of the revelations that Zodiac manipulated the likes of Marsdale and the Clown to work for him from the start, the Zodiac Key is revealed to be what Zodiac was after all along. In a chilling monologue to a cornered Agent Murphy, Zodiac reveals all, before killing the luckless agent.
Norman Osborn plays spin doctor to the media after the string of catastrophic events, and in an undisclosed location, Zodiac looks on gleefully – keen to undermine and ruin Osborn and the authority he has established.
Russell: 🌖 8 /10 – Big Beautiful Yellow Man
Rey: 🌖 8.6 /10 – Full Moon
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