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Daveym

Subj: Re: Why Has Moon Knight been Hard to Sell?
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 05:23:18 pm CDT
Reply Subj: Why Has Moon Knight been Hard to Sell?
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 04:25:20 pm CDT

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He's got a great costume, great name, is a street vigilante and yet has consistently failed to catch on...

Is it the actual Marc Spector/Steven Knight character(s), his lack of an interesting private identity or just poor writing?

Any thoughts? >:-|

> He's got a great costume, great name, is a street vigilante and yet has consistently failed to catch on...
>
> Is it the actual Marc Spector/Steven Knight character(s), his lack of an interesting private identity or just poor writing?
>
> Any thoughts? >:-|

I think it's been uninspired story telling. During the original run in the '80's MK was one of Marvel's better sellers (and routinely outsold Batman, from what I've read). In fact, Batman wound up borrowing a few of MK's motiffs, like the throwing stars. MK was simply a great title.

But once it got cancelled, and then they tried to bring it back, the stories were simply "meh". They kept trying to give the character an 'angle', as opposed to simply telling cool stories (and MK has always been great when he's had a pseudo-horror vibe going on). I think Huston realizes that, and is working it into the tales he's telling. Which is why, at the moment, it's a great book.

I also think he's had a crappy rogues gallery. He needs a "Kingpin" character ala Daredevil to really go up against, i.e., some known villain who would really work as an antagonist for MK.

Hopefully it'll continue.


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