What If…? Dark: Moon Knight #1
Illustrated by: Edgar Salazar
Cover Art by: Edgar Salazar
Written by: Erica Schultz
Release date: August 16, 2023
*Minor Spoilers Ahead
What if Moon Knight did not survive his battle with Bushman? When Khonshu’s avatar is slain, a different god empowers their own surprising new champion. From the darkness, emerges a new force to light the way – Luminary! But will her quest for revenge against Moon Knight’s killer result in her own downfall?
Marvel Comics’ What If…? Dark: Moon Knight #1 is a riveting exploration of alternate possibilities within the Marvel universe, masterfully crafted by writer Erica Schultz and brought to life through the captivating art and cover art by Edgar Salazar. This issue delves into the shadows of what could have been, offering a fresh perspective on the enigmatic Moon Knight and the birth of a new hero, Luminary.
Schultz’s writing skillfully navigates the intriguing premise: What if Moon Knight had fallen in his battle with Bushman? This deviation from the known path sets the stage for a cascading series of events that leads to a different god bestowing power upon a new champion. Luminary emerges as a compelling figure, her journey driven by a thirst for revenge against Moon Knight’s killer. The narrative takes us on a thought-provoking exploration of destiny, power, and the consequences of vengeance.
Edgar Salazar’s art elevates the storytelling to new heights, capturing the essence of the characters and their emotions with precision. The shifts in tone, from the darkness of Luminary’s origin to the moments of intense action, are beautifully rendered. Salazar’s attention to detail adds depth to the world, allowing readers to become fully immersed in the story.
The cover art, also by Edgar Salazar, provides a glimpse into the dichotomy between light and shadow that defines Luminary’s journey. The visual symbolism teases at the complexities of the narrative, inviting readers to delve into a world where the balance between justice and vengeance hangs in the balance.
What If…? Dark: Moon Knight #1 is a thought-provoking addition to the What If…? series, offering a fresh take on a familiar character and the potential ripple effects of altered choices. The exploration of Luminary’s emergence as a new hero, intertwined with the legacy of Moon Knight, adds depth to the Marvel universe. Erica Schultz’s writing showcases her understanding of character dynamics and the impact of pivotal moments, while Edgar Salazar’s art breathes life into the narrative, capturing both the grandeur and the intimate moments.
For fans of Moon Knight, this issue offers a tantalizing glimpse into an alternate reality, while newcomers are introduced to a unique exploration of Marvel’s intricate web of heroes and gods. What If…? Dark: Moon Knight #1 is a testament to the boundless creative possibilities of the Marvel universe, and it’s a must-read for anyone who revels in the complexity of the human (and superhuman) condition.
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