Comics Review: Moon Knight & Black Canary

MOON KNIGHT # 17

WRITER – CULLEN BUNN

ART – RON ACKINS

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What appears to be the end of the current run of Moon Knight arrives, and although I have liked the last few issues, they have not quite been up to the standards of those that preceded them – Bunn’s done-in-one tales are not as interesting as Ellis’s were and they also lack the depth of Wood’s more serialized run.

Here we find Moon Knight infiltrating the church of Khonshu, the god that gives him his power. Moon Knight and Khonshu have not been getting along much recently, so Moon Knight is not happy to learn that another aspect of Khonshu appears to be making human sacrifices. Will Khonshu abandon Moon Knight or help him?

If this is the end of the current volume of Moon Knight it may not end on the high it started, but this issue, along with all of Bunn’s, have been fun, with the whole run being amongst my favourite of the last few years – even if it, at points, lack the depth of some other books out there.

BLACK CANARY #2

WRITER – BRENDAN FLETCHER

ARTIST – ANNIE WU

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This second issue is as fun as the first, but by slowing the pace a bit, some of the sillier aspects of the first issue thankfully don’t appear. Here, more time is given to building character (and mystery) which works well. A faux pull-out from a music magazine gives us some additional background information on the band. It may have been better placed in the last issue, but this may be a direct response to it being dropped in mid-tour with the band last issue.

After last issue’s monster attack, Dinah trains her fellow band mates in combat and tensions run high amongst the band as Dinah’s predecessor returns. Trouble arises in what appears to be a second faction out to seize the band’s apparently super-powered guitarist and we end on a reveal (that means absolutely nothing to this Black Canary newbie!) Hopefully all will become clear shortly!

Good writing, helped by some rather fantastic art, equals another fun book.

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