|MOON KNIGHT No. 9, February 2017|
Admittedly, the “All-New Hawkeye” author’s script does provide a little entertainment when it briefly summarises the fall of the Avengers and X-Men to “some insane mutation of rabies”, and depicts the titular character swapping blows with himself in a desperate effort to “acknowledge” his mental instability, accept it “and then move on.” But such a fleeting flash of interest or some momentary fisticuffs are hardly enough to bring such a long-winded ‘four-parter’ to a satisfying conclusion, nor, judging by the plethora of splash panels on display, simply populate a twenty-page periodical.
Disconcertingly, even the ‘return’ of regular artist Greg Smallwood to a more prominent role within the publication’s line-up is hardly a cause for celebration, as the graphic storyteller’s “classic comic book style with some modern flourishes” is restricted to simply depicting conversations the ex-mercenary is having with himself, and, once again, infuriatingly intermixed between the greatly differing breakdowns of Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla and James Stokoe. Indeed, in many ways this carousel of creativeness only adds to the sense that this book was simply cobbled together in order to fill out its page count, and it isn't until the “sketch” of “Space Pilot” Marc Spector and costumed crime-fighter Jake Lockley both vanish away into nothingness, along with the schizophrenic personas’ ‘guest-starring’ pencillers, that the title’s distractingly incongruous illustrations finally start to settle down; “Then I’m alone. All alone. And it’s so -- It’s so quiet.”
|Writer: Jeff Lemire, and Artists: Greg Smallwood, Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla & James Stokoe|