Marvel has revealed the creative team and details for Moon Knight, launching with Legacy number 188 in November.
Max Bemis will write the new ongoing series, with art by Jacen Burrows, who you might be familiar with from all the Avatar Press books he's done. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with CBR, Bemis, highlighting the reverence for Marvel's past that characterizes the Legacy initiative, reveals he's never read classic Moon Knight comics before taking on the job:
"It's funny — I had not, until I started realizing I was going to write this book, read the classic Moon Knight books. I started reading when it was Charlie Huston and David Finch on the first couple arcs. I really loved it. It was so dark and just messed up, and had a supernatural bent — all stuff that I like. Weird and mystical, but not pretentious."
Bemis praised "modern takes" on the books as "amazing," citing Warren Ellis (who he mentions approximately 37 times throughout the interview), and Jeff Lemire's work, but says that he's got an "original take" in mind:
"When Bendis did it, it was very Bendis-y, and amazing. Then Warren Ellis did it very 'Warren Ellis;' sort of grim and weird and mystical. I feel like I take this as an opportunity very seriously."
Will Max Bemis's take on Moon Knight be Bemisy? Yes! Bemis wants to make his own mark on the book, and from what he's saying, it sounds like it'll be nothing like Bendis. "I'm not going to half-ass it in any way."
But he's also not going to take things too seriously. "He's a lunatic, and I suffer from mental illness. I don't think it has to be such a stoic persona," Bemis explained, adding later that while he wouldn't call his book a comedy, it's like "something like Fargo, or a David Lynch-esque thing, where there are those moments in there that make you laugh, even though you're caught up in the ride."
Bemis says he plans to create the "ultimate nemesis" for Moon Knight in his story, making reference to Batman and The Joker. He says the mysterious new villain will be Moon Knight's "polar opposite in pretty much every way." He'll be missing an opportunity if he doesn't call the character "Sun Day."
We'll be here all week.
Read the full interview at CBR, and look for this in stores in November, keeping in mind Bemis's final pitch: "If anyone is looking for one of those new, very weird Marvel books, this will be the one to read."
MOON KNIGHT #188 & 189
MAX BEMIS (W) • JACEN BURROWS (A/C)
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