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Jase

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Dr. Shallot

Subj: Re: lack of a simple premise hurts the character
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 07:07:58 pm CDT
Reply Subj: lack of a simple premise hurts the character
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 06:48:38 pm CDT

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Ex-mercanary, Egyptian god/resurrections, multiple identities...all this makes for a hard one to two sentence sell of the character. Often the most appealing characters are the simple ones.

Let's face it-Moon Knight is not a character you can sum up briefly. I'm sure this has turned off people to the character. When I was younger I had no interest in Moon Knight but my friend did. I read those Moench/Sienkiwicz tales at his house and got interested for a brief time-mostly due to Werewolf by Night being in the book, an old favorite of mine. Still, I never quite "got" what Moon Knight was all about and Marc Spector never appealed to me as a character.

I agree that he has potential and have heard good things about the current series, but I have no desire to check it out. The character just doesn't exude excitement IMO. If he is to stay a "street-level" character then I'd minimize the mystical influence, dump the multiple identities, and give him a decent arch-enemy.





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

> Ex-mercanary, Egyptian god/resurrections, multiple identities...all this makes for a hard one to two sentence sell of the character. Often the most appealing characters are the simple ones.
>
> Let's face it-Moon Knight is not a character you can sum up briefly.

How about, 'vigilante-avatar of the Egyptian god of vengeance'?

>I'm sure this has turned off people to the character. When I was younger I had no interest in Moon Knight but my friend did. I read those Moench/Sienkiwicz tales at his house and got interested for a brief time-mostly due to Werewolf by Night being in the book, an old favorite of mine. Still, I never quite "got" what Moon Knight was all about and Marc Spector never appealed to me as a character.
>
> I agree that he has potential and have heard good things about the current series, but I have no desire to check it out. The character just doesn't exude excitement IMO. If he is to stay a "street-level" character then I'd minimize the mystical influence, dump the multiple identities, and give him a decent arch-enemy.
>

By doing that though, you effectively kill what unique elements the character has going for him. His ties to Egyptian mythology, besides being a part of his origin as well as being an essential part of his character make-up like his mental problems and his resulting unique secret identity set-up(in an age where Marvel has eliminated secret ID's, this is a character who maintains 4 of them!), really do help to make Moon Knight who he is and w/out that mystical element(as well as his multiple identities) he really does come off as just a Batman rip-off, despite the numerous differences between the two.





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