Moon Knight Black, White and Blood #1 tells three different stories

This article contains spoilers for Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #1, on sale at Marvel Comics

In Marvel’s latest comic book, Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #1, some of the best writers and artists come together to bring not one, but three stories to life. Each of these stories is told using different art styles, narrative elements, and characters with an interesting color palette. As the title suggests, the only colors used in this issue are the shades of black, white, and red.

Fans can see variations of Khonshu’s fist of revenge dealing with conflict and forging alliances. Because the stories are told in such a specific way, one might wonder if they share with current affairs in Moon Knight comic books. More likely, these short stories are pivotal insights into the titular hero’s life. From a publishing standpoint, this is a refreshing way for Marvel creators to experiment with possible storylines and see what fans are drawn to.

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The first comic, “Anubis Rex,” features storytellers Jonathan Hickman and Chris Bachalo. They tell the story of a sci-fi version of Moon Knight on an apocalyptic space expedition to discover scarabs. These red gem-like objects contain the essences of Ra before his death. These scarabs were distributed throughout the universe by his believers in the hope that he would one day be reborn. Moon Knight is accompanied by a dog and a young girl in a bunny hat. She is a priestess of Khonshu while he is her knight. Together, the two search for Ra’s scarabs in the galaxy to prevent his return. The art is monochromatic with red accents that emphasize small details until the panels are bathed in them. This story moves on the border between science fiction, horror and humor to make an interesting piece.

The second comic features not only Moon Knight, but Spider-Man as well. “So White, Yet So Dark” features storytellers Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande. The New York landscape is painted in black and white, except for Spider-Man, who stands out against the gray panels. He wants to ask Moon Knight something, but Moon Knight is busy. Spider-Man offers to help him “be less busy” on the condition that he considers his request. Marc agrees and the two go into the night to intercept a delivery.

Complications arise, as they usually do with Marc and Spider-Man. With the help of Khonshu, Marc’s attire changes from the suit and cape to something similar to the appearance of the moon god. Marc calls it “ghost ripper armor”, and he uses it to get the job done. This armor comes with a cape and a more Egyptian armor. Mummy sheaths can be seen on his arms and legs, along with a bird skull mask.

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The last story in this issue is by far the most interesting in terms of storytelling. Titled “The End,” creators Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornes tell this story in reverse, starting at the end. The strip sticks to the black, white, and red color scheme, but the order of the panels can be confusing to figure out. It starts with Moon Knight lying in the snow with a gaping wound in his torso. He is accompanied by a woman named Dayna Williams.

By the end of the comic, fans are able to piece together everything that happens. Dayna was to testify against a powerful man, and her former protections were turned off. She asks Moon Knight to help her, as he is the protector of travelers in the night. Villains try to take them out, but Marc emerges victorious, even taking the bullet for Dayna. This unique way of storytelling, even if it is experimental or just a limited event, provides readers with amazing tidbits about Moon Knight stories. It’s an ideal way to introduce new readers to the series and to the cartoon character as a whole. The next issue of this series will feature another roster of great creators with three new stories to tell. Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood #2 will be on sale at Marvel Comics on June 15, 2022.

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