WGTC’s Top 10 Comic Books Of 2016

10) Moon Knight

Moon Knight 2016

I loved the episodic, almost anthology take on Moon Knight provided by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. When that run ended, I was skeptical of whatever came next, just because I felt that the bar for the character had been raised in a significant way. Luckily, Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood did not disappoint.

This is definitely a different take on the character, but I think Moon Knight opens himself up to many different interpretations. In fact, it’s almost a necessity. Many characters in the Marvel Universe reinvent themselves when a new creative team takes over. For Moon Knight, it’s an integral part of who he is.

I also love that this gets back to digging deep into Marc Spector’s psyche. We’d seen some great groundwork in this area in both the Brian Michael Bendis and Charlie Huston runs, but Ellis took a much more “show, don’t tell” approach. It was the right time to start digging into the many, many layers of Moon Knight’s complicated psyche and the book actually managed to depict a serious portrayal of mental illness at the same time.