With a new week comes a new batch of solicitations and teasers for upcoming Marvel Comics projects. Jeff Lemire, who is already writing three other books for the company, was revealed yesterday (September 28) by ICv2 to be working on a new volume of “Moon Knight”. Meanwhile (via Comic Book Resources), “Supernatural” writer, story editor and producer Robbie Thompson reveals more about this upcoming all ages Spider-Man comic, titled “Spidey”.
Jeff Lemire is a writer best known for his near six year long association with DC Comics. His most famous works with the company are “Sweet Tooth” for their Vertigo imprint as well as “Animal Man”, “Superboy”, “Justice League United” and “Justice League Dark”. He’s since moved over to the other side of the “big two”, taking over for Matt Fraction on “Hawkeye”. He has already been attached to write “Extraordinary X-Men” next month (alongside artist Humberto Ramos) and “Old Man Logan” (alongside artist Andrea Sorrentino) in January. “Moon Knight” will ship in January as well and feature artwork by Greg Smallwood (“Dream Thief”, “Moon Knight: Dead Will Rise”). The premise once again centers on the shaky mental health of Marc Spector, this time seeing him as a patient in an asylum without the protection of the Egyptian god Khonshu. Lemire hints that he may be going for a full dose of retroactive continuity, claiming Spector’s been there since he was a child. “To me Marc is a very ill man. And being Moon Knight is either going to be a part of that illness, and ultimately destroy him, or it is going to be his path to salvation,” he said of the series.
Moon Knight has had a long but bizarre history within Marvel. Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975’s “Werewolf By Night #32”, Marc Spector began as an antagonist for the series’ lycanthrope star. He proved popular enough to sporadically appear in other comics such as “Spectacular Spider-Man”, “Defenders”, “Marvel Two-In-One”, and “Hulk! Magazine” before earning his own ongoing series in 1980. The character has often struggled to have a volume last beyond a few years, and routinely needs a relaunch. January’s “Moon Knight #1” would be his third in four years. A mercenary who was seemingly resurrected by the Egyptian god of the moon and intended to serve as his avatar of justice on earth, the character has not only struggled with mental health woes (including multiple personalities), but comparisons to DC’s caped crusader. No two writers seem to agree on whether Spector really is operating under the watch of an ancient god (within a universe where Norse and Greek gods not only exist, but routinely fight crime) or if he is simply stark raving mad and made it all up. Even temporary super powers can be explained away by psychosis in comics. Considering that the Marvel Universe post “Secret Wars” is supposed to be “all new and all different” and therefore allow writers to follow, abandon, or invent whatever continuity they desire for whatever franchise they’re working on, it seems Lemire wants to shift Moon Knight back into “mad man” territory.
Robbie Thompson, best known for his long work on The CW TV series “Supernatural” is set to tackle his first monthly comic book series in “Spidey”. The series is intended to be a “gateway series” for both new readers and old. It is set during the teenage years of Peter Parker’s life, set during his rookie years as the wall crawling hero. It is intended to be “in continuity” with the adult version in “Amazing Spider-Man”. This is hardly a new premise for a modern spin off; “Untold Tales of Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man: Chapter One”, “Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl” and even a brief return of “Amazing Fantasy” have cropped up as either mini series or ongoing series for almost twenty years. The goal is to cater towards newer readers with “done in one” stories as well as a timeless setting independent of current fads or trends. Despite the intention of seeking to sell this series to kids, however, readers shouldn’t expect Marvel Comics to give them a break on that $3.99 cover price. Nick Bradshaw’s art for the series looks fun and it should offer an alternative to those who may not like the jet setting tycoon version of Spider-Man due to appear in the main series.