If you think Daredevil has a hard time with Batman comparisons, just wait until you meet Moon Knight. Few Marvel characters are accused of second-tier rip-off status as often as Moon Knight, to the point that it would give anyone a complex.
Comic book fans who write off Moon Knight as an also-ran are missing out on some of Marvel’s best comics, though, especially in recent years from writers such as Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire.
It’s a lesser known fact that Moon Knight has also landed himself various Avengers status, from the West Coast Avengers in the 1980’s to the Secret Avengers of the 2010’s. Couple that with an ongoing mental illness and challenges sorting out a possible Disassociative Identity Disorder, and Moon Knight offers plenty of different story telling angles from the Caped Crusader.
Plus, he’s got a better costume.
I) Moon Knight Origins & West Coast Avenger
Collects: Werewolf By Night 32-33; Marvel Spotlight 28-29; Defenders 47-50; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man 22-23; Material From Hulk Magazine 11-15, Marvel Two-In-One 52, Hulk Magazine 17-18, 20; Material From Marvel Preview 21; Moon Knight (1980 to 1984) #1 to #4
Although uncollected, the first volume of Moon Knight would run for 38 issues until mid 1984. From there the series rebooted with a volume 2, which launched summer of 1985 and only ran for 6 issue.
Collects: Moon Knight (1980 to 1984) #5 to #23
It’s worth noting here that the easiest path to every collected appearance of Moon Knight in West Coast Avengers comes in Avengers: West Coast Avengers Omnibus Volume 2, which collects West Coast Avengers #17 to #41.
Collects: West Coast Avengers (1985) #17-24
Collects: West Coast Avengers 25-30, Annual 2
Marc Spector, Moon Knight #1 to #60 (1989 to 1994)
At the time of posting, Moon Knight’s late 80’s through early 90’s appearances are both uncollected and unavailable on Marvel Unlimited. You can find a list of single issues here.
Modern Moon Knight Reborn (2000 to 2012)
Charlie Huston and David Finch.
Collects: Moon Knight (2006 to 2009) #1 to #6
Collects: Moon Knight #7 to #13
Collects: Moon Knight #14 to #20
Collects: Moon Knight #21 to #25, Moon Knight: Silent Night One-Shot
Collects: Moon Knight (2006 to 2009) #26 to #30
Collects: Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 to #6
Also known as Moon Knight vs. Deadpool: Dawn of Just Cuz
Collects: Vengeance of the Moon Knight #7 to #10
Occurs during the Daredevil Shadowland event, you can find Comic Book Herald’s Daredevil Shadowland reading order here.
Collects: Shadowland Moon Knight #1 to #3
Moon Knight, Secret Avenger
Ed Brubaker’s Secret Avengers run, launching during Marvel’s Heroic Age, is one of the great misses in modern Marvel Comics. Brubaker is literally unable to produce a bad comic, but Secret Avengers never reaches the heights the likes of Brubaker’s Captain America: Winter Soldier or Immortal Iron Fist. It’s a perfectly mediocre Avengers off shoot.
Moon Knight is merely a role player in the pages of Secret Avengers, where Steve Rogers is undoubtedly the star. Worth checking out, but largely this section will help clarify what Moon Knight’s been up to prior to the next solo Moon Knight run.
Collects: Secret Avengers (2010 to 2012) #1 to #5
Collects: Secret Avengers (2010 to 2012) #6 to #12
Collects: Secret Avengers (2010 to 2012) #16 to #21
Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Moon Knight
There are a few oddities about this 12 issue run on Moon Knight that tend to leave it overlooked in most discussions of the character.
For starters, the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev are best known for their near 60 issue run on Daredevil, one of the absolute greats of the 2000’s. When comic book fans think of Bendis and Maleev, odds are they think first of Daredevil.
On top of that, Moon Knight functions as an odd precursor to Marvel’s Age of Ultron event, written by Bendis.
I enjoyed this run as it was coming out significantly more than I expected. Partially it’s Bendis and Maleev working together, but they also carve out a strong take on Moon Knight and his challenges with identity.
Collects: Moon Knight (2010 to 2012) #1 to #7
Collects: Moon Knight (2010 to 2012) #8 to #12
Marvel NOW! Moon Knight – The Warren Ellis Run (And More)
I’m genuinely in awe of these comics every time I read them, from Ellis’s psychotically imaginative supernatural science to Shalvey’s unrivaled action sequences. These are inventive, beautiful comics, and you don’t need to know a thing about Moon Knight heading in that the comic doesn’t adequately explain in a few pages.
Collects: Moon Knight (2012) #1 to #6
Collects: Moon Knight (2012) #7 to #12
Collects: Moon Knight (2012) #13 to #17
All-New All-Different Moon Knight – The Jeff Lemire Run
Whereas Ellis and Shalvey’s Moon Knight declared on every set-up page that Moon Knight is “completely insane,” Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood’s run takes a step back and asks: “Wait, is he really?”
There have been plenty of “Marvel does One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” takes before (I think first of Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and Dr. Rot story arc), but not many runs start and focus inside the asylum. It’s a strong, great-looking opening salvo in a new direction for Moon Knight.
Collects: Moon Knight (2016) #1 to #5
Collects: Moon Knight #6 to #9