Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Ron Ackins, Dan Brown
With Bunn and Ackins taking over, Moon Knight #13 almost feels like a first issue. Everything’s different, from the writing style to the art. While Wood and Smallwood’s run felt like a spiritual successor to Ellis and Shalvey’s, this one feels like a different book entirely.
Bunn takes Moon Knight back to his roots with the mystical elements displayed in this issue. Ellis’ run was filled with paranormal interactions and events, but Wood’s felt like more of a political story. In this issue, Spector finds himself surrounded by lost spirits looking for a hero. At Khonshu’s urging, Moon Knight goes investigating and finds a sort of paramilitary group using ghosts as a form of energy for strange tools they call “Witch’s Orbs.”
Ackins’ art is much different than Smallwood’s. I can’t say that I don’t like it, because it’s actually good art, but after both Shalvey and Smallwood I feel that this style is a downgrade. Some of the panels feel a little inconsistent as well, as some panels seem to portray Spector as broad-shouldered while others have him more slender. Especially comparing Spector to Moon Knight, Moon Knight looks noticeably more slender than Spector despite the fact that they’re the same person. Still, this style seems to fit the story that Bunn is telling, and I have to admit that I actually really like the way Ackins draws Moon Knight. I also have to mention that I loved Brown’s coloring in this issue, especially the splatter effects used when drawing blood as well as the energy around the tools the paramilitary group used. Watching Moon Knight charge through foes as blood sprays around him was pretty awesome.
I had a little trouble with some of Bunn’s dialogue in this issue, especially from Spector and Khonshu. Spector seemed a little too confused by the fact that the ghosts were coming to him for aid, when just issues before during Ellis’ run he dealt with a myriad of ghosts and other otherworldly phenomenon. It just felt like some of his prior experiences never happened, even though he seems to make reference to the hatred of ghosts he acquired earlier in the series. Besides this, I thought the rest of the dialogue was well done, and the actual story in the issue was interesting and enjoyable to read.