Review by: TheDudeVonDoom

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I was never big on Batman comics, but I read a few here and there.
Without any backstory, I dived into Batman R.I.P. without little
reference to Grant Morrison’s run on the title, and was able to
comprehend and enjoy the jist of things. I also was not as perturbed by
the ending of generic explosion and “which way did he go?” because I
knew Bruce Wayne and his alter ego couldn’t possibly die from a simple

Well fool me twice, shame on me.

It took me until issue 24 of Moon Knight to realize the parallels
between the two series’ current arcs, right down to the last issue of
each ending with a bang. The advantage that Moon Knight has over
Batman, however, is that there isn’t much to catch up on: the
Thunderbolts have been hired by the Commission of Superhuman Activities
to hunt down and bring in Moon Knight, dead or alive. Plain and simple.
Yes, Moon Knight’s drug-riddled disoriented depression (i.e. The
Bottom) lasted much longer than Bruce Wayne’s, but at least one wasn’t
required to read several other series to fully comprehend all that was
happening within the story; sometimes it pays (or I guess “saves”) to
have heroes like Moon Knight in their own little niche environments.
Plus, the ending that we may or may not have wanted came a lot sooner
to the reader in Moon Knight than it was/will for Batfans.

But enough of the clash between the White and Dark; what of the actual
issue itself? Is it a proper burial for Spector? It certainly wastes no
time at all going into what everyone has been wanting to see since the
first issue of this arc, as Bullseye and Moon Knight exchange blows and
blood in the streets. It just doesn’t seem like there was enough,
though. For a guy who talks about pig gutting like it’s normal table
conversation, Bullseye sure didn’t give or receive much blood, even
after finding Moon Knight’s secret stash that would even make Frank
Castle crack a smile. Still, this wasn’t about Bullseye. This was about
the final stand of Marc Spector, whose friends and family came through
in the end to help him go out in a blaze and mourn for their fallen
warrior. They understood what must be have been done for their sake, as
well Moon Knight’s.

And goddamn does Mike Benson know how to end an issue.

Mark Texeira managed to come through without making Bullseye look like
an action figure, and as always does great work on facial expressions
and action sequences. His Iron Man is still pretty weak, though.

I might stop reading Moon Knight (religiously) after this issue. Not
that I do not approve of where this new direction might go – it
certainly is better than what I thought was going to happen, though it
could still be considered a shark-jumping move – but out of
satisfaction. The past three books have been solid and enjoyable, and
this one ended with enough bang to leave me not whimpering for more.
May I rest in peace.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

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