Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey are gone. Luckily, the book’s still good and continues on the Moon Knight story that Ellis and Shalvey started in those first six magical issues. Obviously this isn’t exactly what those issues were and can’t replicate what they did. Although so far it is one of the more successful transitions between creators. The one thing that I particularly liked about the new creative team was that they didn’t try to do a one-shot and are going for a more original story arc. In short, don’t judge this book too fast before you give it a chance.
The writer in the absence of Ellis was Brian Wood and extremely disappointing loss of Declan Shalvey was replaced by Greg Smallwood. The one remaining member from the last book, Jordie Bellaire, was our colorist with Chris Eliopoulos as the letterer.
Moon Knight #7: The Plot
The story here begins with an official being targeted by a mysterious assassin wearing an even more mysterious costume. Right before the official is taken out Mr. Knight shows up to take him out. After a slight scuffle between the two, the assassin uses an E.M.P. to blackout New York and slow down his target. After a little action and a couple funny scenes with a cop the next issue gets set up.
Moon Knight #7: Words and Art
Brian Wood isn’t a new writer by any means, but he sure isn’t Warren Ellis. That said, as far as the transition is concerned, I think that the writing was what I noticed least. Wood played it smart by changing up the book with a more traditional storyline and writing style in order to avoid comparisons. The downside to this more traditional style is that we no longer get an exceptional book. It does mean that we get a good book though which is better than nothing.
The more noticeable change here was the art by Greg Smallwood. It wasn’t bad, it just couldn’t live up to what had come before him. Luckily Jordie Bellaire’s coloring does a good job in connecting the look of the last issues to this current arc. I’m sure I’ll get used to the new look of Moon Knight but it was a little distracting at the start of the issue.
Definitely give this one a try if you liked the first six. I’m a little worried that the orders will drop more than they should because people write this one off early. This was a quality issue by Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood and I’m excited to see where they take the story.
CBH Score: 4.2/5 Stars