This article contains spoilers for Moon Knight: Black, White, and Blood # 1, on sale by Marvel Comics
In Marvel’s latest comic book, Moon Knight: Black, White, and Blood # 1, some of the finest 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 get to see variations of Khonshu’s fist of vengeance deal with conflicts and make alliances. Because the stories are told in such a specific way one wonders whether they share with the current events in Moon Knight comic books. More likely, these short stories are crucial insights into the titular hero’s life. From a publishing standpoint, this is a refreshing way for Marvel creators to experiment with potential storylines and to 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 in an apocalyptic space expedition to uncover scarabs. These red gem-like objects contain the essences of Ra before his demise. These scarabs were scattered throughout the universe by his believers in hopes he would be reborn someday. 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 little details until panels become bathed in it. This story toes the line between science fiction, horror, and humor to make for an interesting piece.
The second comic not only features Moon Knight, but Spider-Man as well. “So White, Yet So Dark” features storytellers Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande. The New York scenery is painted in blacks and whites, 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” under the condition that he considers his request. Marc agrees, and the two head off into the night to intercept a delivery.
Complications occur, as they usually do for Marc and Spider-Man. However, with Khonshu’s help, Marc’s attire changes from the suit and cape to something similar to the moon god’s appearance. Marc calls it “ghost ripper armor”, and he uses it to finish the job. This armor comes with a cape and a more Egyptian-style armor. Mummy wrappings can be seen on his arms and legs along with a bird skull mask.
The final story in this issue is by far the most interesting in terms of storytelling. Titled “The End”, creators Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornes tell this story in reverse, starting from the end. The comic sticks with the black, white, and red color scheme, however, the order of the panels can be confusing to figure out. It starts with Moon Knight laying in the snow with a gaping wound in his torso. He’s accompanied by a woman named Dayna Williams.
By the end of the comic, fans are able to piece together everything that happens. Dayna was set to testify against a powerful man, and her former protection was taken out. She asks Moon Knight to help her, as he is the protector of travelers in the night. Villains try and take them out, but Marc comes out victorious, even when he takes the bullet for Dayna. This unique way of storytelling, even if it’s experimental or just a limited event, provides readers with amazing tidbits of Moon Knight stories. It’s an ideal way to introduce new readers to the series and to the comic book character as a whole. The next issue of this series will feature another set of amazing creators with three new stories to tell. Moon Knight: Black, White, and Blood # 2 will be on sale by Marvel Comics on June 15, 2022.
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