Moon Knight vs. Taegukgi! Agatha Harkness has stolen Chthon’s heart, and now heroes are clashing against one another. Find out who wins in Moon Knight Annual #1 by Marvel Comics.
MOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1
Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Creees Lee
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Cory Petit
Editor: Lindsey Cohick
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 30th, 2023
Previously in Moon Knight: “The forces of chaos compel Earth’s heroes to go head-to-head with each other! When the champion of a god battles a godlike champion, who will win? The Fist of Khonshu faces off against Tiger Division’s fearless leader: It’s MOON KNIGHT vs. TAEGUKGI in a power-packed showdown!” – Solicitation.
Moon Knight Annual #1 presents two fighters in a field, narrated by Agatha Harkness. Moon Knight and Taegukgi don’t know why they are drawn here, but they seem compelled to fight while Agatha acts as a commentator for the match. The chaos crystals change their forms constantly, with Moon Knight becoming Captain Crescent – a Captain America knockoff, an undead version, and one where he becomes a demigod. Taegukgi had a criminal mastermind version, one where he takes the form of a tiger and another where he is his psylot gem incarnate.
As the battle continues, Moon Knight decides to walk away, realizing that wanting power has never ended well for him. This allows Taegukgi to absorb the chaos energy and join whatever team Agatha creates.
Well, I have no idea what the setup for this storyline was, and I don’t understand the premise. But I don’t think this book is for me, even if I did. People like heroes fighting heroes, and I think the reason has to be compelling enough for them to fight. In Moon Knight Annual #1, I did not believe that either character wanted to be there. The saving grace was the character designs of these transformations. I was captivated by those design choices, but really, only that element was interesting. I think the mystery of Agatha Harkness has promise, but it wasn’t used to its best effect in this issue. Context matters, and I didn’t have it.
I didn’t like this book, and perhaps I am not giving this its fair shake because I didn’t read the previous issues. But when I pick up an Annual and see Moon Knight and Taegukgi on the cover, I want to see them interact. Instead, this feels like an Agatha Harkness comic. The cover promised me one thing, and I didn’t think I got it. Considering that, I think this is a 3 out of 5 comic. It has its moments, but it certainly is not for me.
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Moon Knight Annual #1
Moon Knight Annual #1 had interesting artistic choices, but the story lacked anything for me to grab onto.