Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Greg Smallwood
It’s the end of an era. Moon Knight #12 signals the end of the arc, as well as the end of the Wood/Smallwood run on the book. So how did the team do on their finale issue?
This issue ties up all the loose ends of the arc. After Spector’s dramatic dive from the plane/prison where he was being held in the previous issue, Khonshu comes to his aid before he plummets to his death and Moon Knight is reborn. We also find out who the Doctor is, as well as her true motives for wanting to kill General Lor. While the twist surrounding the Doctor and Lor is surprising, it feels rather unnecessary as a whole. The only thing it manages to do is make you hate the Doctor more than you already do, but that may have been Wood’s intention with it.
The climax of this story, and the arc, comes when Spector, as his Mr. Knight persona, stops the Doctor from killing Lor and gives them both a cryptic message before…the story quickly cuts to the epilogue. Spector is only in costume for a whopping two pages before everything ends. I found myself flipping back in the book to see if I missed a page or to see if my issue was misprint because the ending was so startlingly abrupt. I felt a mix of disappointment and almost betrayal. After the great journey we as the readers went on with Spector, I felt that this ending was almost unfair.
But it wasn’t all bad. As always, Smallwood’s art is great, and Bellaire’s coloring breathes life into the characters. Wood’s writing is still good; all the characters feel real, and none of the dialogue feels forced or lazy. In fact, one of the positives of this issue is we get to piece together more of Khonshu’s character and see him as more than just a fickle god who moves from one avenger to the next. It seems that now he’s with Spector for the long haul, and that’s great.