While the Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood run just recently came to an end, Marvel Comics is not done with stories featuring Moon Knight. When Marvel Legacy kicks off this fall the white clad vigilante dealing with multiple personalities will get a brand new creative team and a bigger issue number on the cover.
As revealed by Comic Book Resources, in November Max Bemis (X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, Foolkiller) and Jacen Burrows (Crossed, Providence) will take on Moon Knight #188 which returns Marc Spector to a legacy numbering and pits him against a brand new villain which is said to his “ultimate nemesis.”
“I think for a long time Moon Knight has been about a man grappling with the fact that he has a mental illness. The cool thing Jeff did is, he resolved that arc, for now at least. He basically left him OK with who he was, at least in terms of his split personality,” Bemis said. “I think there are many more interesting stories that come after the grappling with your demons — you may figure out what’s going on and how to live, but then you’ve got your entire life ahead of you and all the challenges. It’s no longer, ‘Oh, I hate myself because I’m crazy! Who am I? Who is Konshu?’ It’s, ‘OK, I’m a crazy man, and I may or may not be an emissary of a moon god, it may all be in my head, but I kind of don’t care, and now I have to keep trying to make the world a better place and live a life.'”
While Moon Knight does have some notable enemies, Bemis said he is looking to give the vigilante a Joker like in scale nemesis.
“The first story we’re telling, I’m hoping to create the ultimate nemesis for Moon Knight. I know he has one a little bit, but I still feel, like when we were talking about it initially, if he’s Batman, he doesn’t really have a Joker — yet,” Bemis said. “What I’m doing is, rather than focusing on his inner struggles so much, this is about him coming up against really intense, life-changing scenarios, and the main one being facing the ultimate bad guy who’s his polar opposite in pretty much every way (without giving away too much). We’re just going to put him through the wringer a little bit, but it’s not going to be one of those depressing, ‘Let’s just have Moon Knight to complain the entire time.’ I want him to now move on to his next phase of his existence.”
This might be a new run by a new writer, with the ideas of Legacy being about touching back to the past the previous run will still be having some effect on the new storylines.
“One of the cool things that Jeff left open is, it’s vague whether his whole thing is in fact mystical or is just a figment of his imagination,” Bemis said. “My whole idea for this run on this character was to say, ‘It doesn’t have to be one or the other.’ There’s something mystical and magical about craziness, and that’s a whole other realm of dreams and weird ideas and that’s where a lot of my spirituality and my weird, esoteric views come from. As someone who suffers from breaks from reality myself, I feel like we can tell weird, mystical stories — or it’s just a guy who’s seeing things who aren’t there. And it’s the same thing. There’s no difference. That’s kind of the concept: He is crazy, but it is real. And they’re both true. So how does that work out?”
Check out the cover & solicitation for Moon Knight #188 below.
MOON KNIGHT #188 & 189
MAX BEMIS (W) • JACEN BURROWS (A/C)
CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY Parts 1 & 2
A new day is dawning and with it comes an enemy unlike any that Marc Spector, Moon Knight, has ever faced. Moon Knight has always been a protector from the shadows, but this new enemy is looking to extinguish that shadow with blinding light and fire. Get ready for the introduction of Moon Knight’s greatest nemesis!