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Moon Knight #5 (Vol. 2)
November 19th, 2017 by Rusty

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Moon Knight #5 cover

Moon Knight #5 (Vol. 2)

Date: November 1985
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 65¢
2017 Price: $3
Stats: 22 color pages plus Knight Mail, Bullpen Bulletins and ads
Writers: Jo Duffy and Chris Warner
Artists: Chris Warner, Alan Kupperberg, Rick Parker and Christy Scheele
Notable Notes: Moon Knight helps bring White Cobra to justice!

The Power of the Moon

This is the first Moon Knight comic I have read. I may have read it when I was younger, but I didn’t remember anything about it. It appears that the titular hero gets his strength from the moon, and the more full it is the more strength he gets. Moon Knight’s first comic book appearance was to help take down a Werewolf, but he has been in many other series, and a bunch of his own series as well. Anyhow, I quite enjoyed this issue and am looking forward to more Moon Knight stories in the future!


This book starts in Chicago, with a girl being kidnapped off the streets under mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, in India, an old master sends three of his warriors to Chicago to wipe out the two brothers known as the White Cobra. As for Moon Knight, whose civilian identity is Marc Spector, he is attending an art museum reception when the mysterious Ankh and the old Khonshu masters appear to him while he is flirting with a beautiful lady. Sheesh – see how this superhero stuff can mess up your life?! Anyway, they direct him to Chicago where half of the White Cobra team has been killed by the Indian warriors, but he is able to intervene and prevent the murder of the second brother. It doesn’t matter though, because that dude dies when he can’t drain the life energy from his young, kidnapped and unwilling subjects. After a trail of blood and destruction as well as a couple ritual suicides, Moon Knight may have stopped one murder, but it all seems senseless and quite sad to him.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – I thought the story was pretty cool. It is typical ’80s fare, but I liked the whole “power of the moon” stuff, as well as Moon Knight’s Batman-like identity.
  • Art: 4 stars – The art was good but also standard ’80s fare. However, I really liked the appearance of Moon Knight – he just looked cool!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – Overall it was a fun read, and I really enjoyed learning about Moon Knight and seeing how he operated. I’ll definitely be checking out more stories featuring this hero!

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