25 January 2005

Interview: Kirkman on Moon Knight

T.S. Eliot said "April is the cruellest month," but he certainly wasn't referring to Marvel's solicitations for April 2005. Excepting the final issue of Paul Jenkins' Spectacular Spider-Man which, being the only Spider-Man title I cared for does rate as being somewhat cruel, there's the return of two of my childhood favorites: Power Pack and Moon Knight!

Written by Robert Kirkman
Pencils & Cover by Scott Kolins

"RING OF THE MASTER" Part 1 (of 5)
The Ringmaster is sick of sitting on the sidelines. He's out to make a name for himself. Unfortunately for Spider-Man and Moon Knight, they are caught up in the middle of his master plan. This is the start of a brand-new story arc for the new hit title. It's an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. Find out what everyone is talking about.
32 PGS./Marvel PSR …$2.25
I checked with Marvel Team-Up writer Robert Kirkman via email to get the scoop:

Comic Book Commentary: There's been rumors of Moon Knight's return for a while now, how did you end up getting him into Team-Up and where does this appearance fit into his future plans?

Robert Kirkman: Discussing the future plans of Moon Knight is a big no-no. There ARE future plans from what I've heard, but that's really all I can say. It wasn't too hard to get him into Team-Up... I just asked.

CBC: Did you follow any of his previous series, or reference anything from them for his Team-Up appearance?

RK: I'm not using too much continuity in his appearance in Team-Up. He acts like him and does Moon Knight stuff, but I'm keeping things pretty open for readers who are new to the guy, which I assume there are many.

CBC: If you were offered the chance to write an ongoing Moon Knight series, would you do it? If so, how would you approach it? If not, who do you think would be good for it?

RK: Bendis seems to like the guy. I'd love to see him take over the book. I certainly would do a Moon Knight book. I haven't been asked, though, and I wouldn't know what I'd do with it until I was asked.

CBC: Considering the number of "B-list" books cancelled over the past year or so - Alpha Flight, Inhumans, Thanos, Warlock, Weapon X, etc. - is it realistic to think an ongoing Moon Knight series can be successful? Are mini-series and titles like Team-Up the only way fans can get their fill of their favorite non-mutant characters not named Spider-Man?

RK: Yes, yes it is... that is why everyone should be buying Marvel Team-Up.

CBC: Is Moon Knight the New Avengers' mystery ninja guy?

RK: I have no clue who the mystery ninja guy is. Could be Moon Knight... might not be.


Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

I should add that I don't really believe Moon Knight is the New Avengers' mystery ninja. I'm convinced it's Daredevil, actually, "disguising" himself in light of his now public identity.

Ed Alexander said...

Moon Knight has always been my favorite Marvel character. It seems like you could do a lot with a guy that has 4 different personalities. I've always wondered why the MK series never last (although 60 issues of the MS:MK wasn't bad). The first series (early 80's) I believe was ahead of it's time - with MK going after serial killers and drug dealers. He has always seemed to be Marvel's answer to Batman (whom I also like), but with a little more edge. Here's to hoping someone can helm a MK title that does him justice.