Sunday, July 18, 2010

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #10 - Marvel

This was an interesting issue. I always enjoy a good Moon Knight story, but . . this one seemed more like an issue of the Secret Avengers than necessarily a solo book. I guess the purpose of this one was to show Jake's feelings towards joining, and participating with this group. Apparently thier first mission is to stop this pirate who's been absconding with oil-tankers over the last several months. However, I think there's more to it than just that. Plus, for a pirate, this guy seems pretty heavily armed. The first thing they have to worry about is that he's got the Glove of Asteria. It kind of looks like the Infinity Gauntlet. It attacks it's enemy with a column of air moving at nearly the speed of light. So once he points it at you, there's not much you can do to get out of it's way. Anyways, these Secret Avengers come in fighting and they very creatively end up taking down the pirate, and his glove. But then we find out that he's also got the Horn of Proteus. And it apparently summons sea-monsters from the bottom of the ocean. So, long story short, Jake finds out through this experience that these are going to be fights that he can't win alone. He needs the back-up of the rest of his team . . as they need his. And, he's going to have to temper the way he usually bullies his way through these situations and adjust his reaction level to the situation at hand. Not to mention, with Steve leading this group, he has to follow orders and react accordingly. This should be a good lesson in temperament for him. I liked the issue, but . . personally I would've liked to have seen a solo story. But . . Gregg Hurwitz, I thought, did a good job with what he had. Juan Jose Ryp did the art, and . . it looked fantastic. This guys got a great style, and he really fills the pages with a lot of action and characters. He's got a good flow and doesn't take it easy on the backgrounds. The art really had a good feel to it. By the way, the beautiful cover is by Francesco Mattina. I'm not sure what the future holds for this character, or this book, but . . next month it becomes a part of Shadowland. That should be interesting.

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