5 Reasons This Version of Moon Knight is better than Batman:
- He's got this pimp daddy thing going and doesn't need a driver.
- He always goes through the FRONT DOOR.
- A throwing crescent looks cooler than a Batarang.
- He doesn't have to invent things, he just HAS them.
- He's really INSANE.
Moon Knight has always been viewed as a second-rate Batman. Sure, Tony Stark/Iron Man matches well with Bruce Wayne as the playboy intelligent billionaire with a gazillion gadgets and a heart of gold. But for gritty vigilantism and the iron will to see justice done whatever it takes, Moon Knight is the real equivalent. Marc Spector also has his shiny toys, dammit.
So far there's been 12-issues, and Ellis writes the first six in mostly self-contained chapters that work out quite well. The last Moon Knight series by Brian Michael Bendis had promise, but Ellis takes that and runs away with it. Working with the cops and assuming a role of "protector of the travelers of the night", Moon Knight takes on the regular bad guys and elements of the supernatural and weird a la "Global Frequency". "Sniper" has an opening narrative of interconnected stories which works well in a movie, and ends in a twist. "Box" has "Mr. Knight" taking on punk ghosts. In "Scarlet", he clears a building floor by floor (reminiscent of the Indonesian hit "The Raid") to rescue a young girl. He almost breaks a sweat in "Spectre" where a character from the first issue ends up attempting to replace him. Ellis though, never fails to reference the past, as the supporting cast shows up in cameos, although they never really interact with him. He has been diagnosed as having brain damage, but the new diagnosis is he does not have disassociative identity disorder (or multiple personalities), as we have known him to be. Regardless, it doesn't dull his sense of duty to do justice. Its much more fun this way.
This is how Moon Knight should be written - simple, uncomplicated, direct.