Moon Knight #30 Review: RIP (Review In Peace)

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In Moon Knight #30 from Marvel Comics, written by Jed MacKay with art by Alessandro Cappuccio, Marc Spector dies. RIP.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Moon Knight #30 Review:

It’s the final seconds of Moon Knight’s life in this issue, as Marc Spector is wounded by the Black Spectre, and has to stop a terrible noise from driving everyone mad.

“I’m not happy one of my favorite characters is dead,” said host Pete LePage, but added, “I did like the ending of the book… The last panel got me excited about things to come.”

Alex Zalben agreed that the issue ended with a “killer splash page,” and in general enjoyed the “weird, Bond-ian villains of Black Spectre and Zodiac,” who are fighting over who gets to kill Moon Knight. “Some classic, Jed McKay twisty stuff [happens] throughout this book, which I thought was very fun.”

That said, now that Marc Spector is officially dead, after months of hype Zalben wants to know what is next, as there’s a new title launching next month. “Why did you kill him? What’s next for the story?” Zalben said.

One other aspect of the book that Zalben was wrestling with, without any conclusions, is the idea of Marvel killing off one of their few Jewish heroes — something that is emphasized by Spector’s various personalities reciting the Shema Yisrael as Spector dies. “Who are they going to replace him with because we just killed off one of the… four Jewish characters in the Marvel Universe,” Zalben asked. “Is it going to be another Jewish character?… So that was a little bit of a bummer.”

Moon Knight #30 Official Synopsis:

THE TERMINAL SECONDS OF MOON KNIGHT! KNIGHT’S END! The Battle of the Mount reaches an explosive conclusion, and all that stands in the way of the Black Spectre’s scheme of annihilation is Moon Knight. But can Moon Knight triumph against the odds arrayed against him, or will the Mount stand as his tombstone? With all hope of resurrection gone, Moon Knight’s life hangs on the line along with Manhattan!

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