Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Greg Smallwood, Jordie Bellaire
If you still had any doubts about the Wood/Smallwood team, this issue should put all those feelings to rest. Moon Knight #11 brings Marc Spector back to the foreground as he finds himself detained in a Guantanamo Bay-esque facility. “All-white-everything” is the theme of this series, and Smallwood and Bellaire continue the trend by using white negative spaces to convey a sense of displacement. There’s one panel in particular where Spector walks into his tiny square room that’s composed of nothing more than a bed and window, and this box is placed in the middle of a giant white space. It makes it feel like Spector is lost in a world he can’t escape from, and it adds to the trapped prison feeling.
The writing in this issue is great; Wood creates a very political atmosphere as Spector attempts to figure out where and why he’s being detained by talking to a masked man who appears to be giving him daily therapy sessions. Khonshu and Spector briefly converse, and their dynamic is actually pretty funny to read. They’ve gone from being partners to something akin to estranged lovers. However, the art is the best part of this issue in my opinion.
The first two pages are composed of small panels depicting different scenes of Spector in the facility interspersed with scenes painted in red of him being beaten and detained. This really helps to reflect the monotonous feeling of being held in a facility where your days are completely planned out for you and you have little to no freedom of your own. There are various panels of Spector lying on his bed for hours, with time lapses shown with the changing of lighting. The coloring in this issue is also phenomenal, with many instances dim and bright light being used. Bellaire does an excellent job of conveying the difference between a room brightly lit with florescent lights and a dark backroom that Spector breaks into.