The new issue of Moon Knight promises a new direction. Fans of Moon Knight surely have to smirk at this notion. Moon Knight has been getting “new directions” since he first appeared, and longtime fans like Andrew Heiberger are scoffing at the idea of yet another interpretation.
Moon Knight is one strange Marvel Comics’ character. For all intents and purposes, he’s a Batman ripoff. Or, he was. When the character first debuted in an issue of Werewolf by Night in the 1970’s, the character was presented as a mercenary anti-hero. After being scratched by the werewolf, Moon Knight gained extra strength with the cycles of the moon.
By the time Moon Knight received his own book, he acquired a new secret identity in the form of Mark Spector, billionaire. Previously, he was Steve Grant, mercenary. Same person, but with a different name and identity.
The character slowly but surely became a Batman clone, although the writing on the books was good. Moon Knight appeared and reappeared over the years in various short-lived books. Over time, the Batman slant was toned down.
In Moon Knight #10, the Egyptian god Khonshu leaves Spector and names a new avatar in the form of therapist Elisa Warsame.
Yeah, the whole Egyptian avatar thing was another one of those new directions the book went through way back when.
Overall, Moon Knight stories are pretty good and interesting. The trouble is the character is decidedly third-tier. As a result, sales never last and the character loses his monthly title until the time comes to resurrect him.