Moon Knight: The Bottom - Though I'd Rate It Somewhere in the Middle

http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/247/122510_20080320032409_large.jpg The 2006 preview of this series did nothing for me. I don't recall if it was in Marvel Previews or in the back of some Marvel comics at the time. I think it might have even been a full-issue preview. Having just read the TPB of the first six issues of the series by Charlie Huston and David Finch, I'm left wondering why the huge push. Because it was slow and boring and at times confusing the Finch's art with Danny Miki and company's inks scream Image Comics 1996?

I recently read two issues of this volume of Moon Knight, which guest-star the Thunderbolts (now Dark Avengers) and enjoyed them a lot. These two issues were written by Mark Benson, who took over the writing around issue 14, and it was definitely the awesome Venom and Bullseye covers and the fact that I got these two cheap that drew me in. With The Bottom sitting in a box to be mailed to AR member Cej, I wondered when had MK returned from the dead and if maybe the series' opener wasn't so bad.

Basically it took six mostly super-decompressed issues to get Marc Spector out of his drug-using self-pity and inability to walk and to take up the mantle of Egyptian god of the moon and of vengeance, Khonshu, again. Why did he do this? Because some bad guys whose fathers had wanted Spector to be their killing toy failed years earlier, and these guys wanted to Oedipally destroy their fathers by turning Spector back into Moon Knight either so they could control him or kill him. I don't even remember which, or if it was one then another because I don't care. It was the lamest plot.

I couldn't tell when Spector had gotten so fucked up by Bushman. The last book of his I read was Marc Spector: Moon Knight 60, in which he dies. So when did Bushman get his face torn off by MK? In a previous mini-series or was this merely a flashback? I guess it was a cool idea to introduce Bushman's ghost as the way Spector was seeing his god, or showing that Spector is plain crazy.

Since the sinister plot of these gentleman goes awry, they hire the Taskmaster to take out Moon Knight/Spector, but it all goes wrong because Moon Knight's craziness and willingness to take a lot of abuse make mimicking his fighting style a no-no for the uber-fighter that Taskmaster usually is with his photokinesthetic memory. That and, as Taskmaster whines, he expected Spector to be broken and easy to kill. Gee, no wonder one of the supposedly awesomest fighters in the MU merely trains others to fight, because he apparently can only take on gimps.

There were some cool features to this story. I don't know how good Huston's novels are and what they're about, but one place where he and Finch did good was with a character called The Profiler who could normally predict the actions of a given individual based on his or her past and the situation said character is placed in. Basically readers see what The Profiler sees, which is the person with all of these words labeling who he's looking at. If I'm going to throw around accusations of similarities and craptitude, the look of it reminds me of some of David Mack's work.

I read issue 7 of the series and I'm not sure how much I'll care for the next arc, when I complete collecting the issues. Spider-Man barely seemed to care when MK looked like he was going to beat some guy's face into a bloody pulp since MK has killed before (Re: tearing off Bushman's face). The idea sounds cool, that Moon Knight registers himself under the Superhuman Registration Act, but then is too violent and gets kicked out, but with Huston and Finch on the job, I say meh.

Image from The Comic Book Database.