By Tim Stevens
Moon Knight arrived back in New York City with a plan to hit the big time. VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #5, written by Gregg Hurwitz with art by Jerome Opena and out February 10, sees MK's fast start teetering on the edge of disaster.
"It's one thing to get to Broadway-it's another to pull off the performance," Hurwitz points out. "I think [Moon Knight has] been kicking ass so far, but the biggest test is yet to come. [At the end of issue #4] we left him knocked over with all kinds of hell breaking loose."
Despite the chaos raging around him, however, the biggest threat to Moon Knight lies where it often does: in his mind.
"He's doing his best to keep Khonshu put away in his cage, but the problem with minor deities is they don't listen very well," the writer explains. "So while he's struggling with that, he's got to confront a bunch of murderous madmen roaming the city, a situation that parallels what's tearing him up inside."
|VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #5 cover by Leinil Francis Yu|
"There's something about a crow-beckoning contortionist," he jokes. "I thought he was good to throw against our boy because Moon Knight should always be up against all kinds of crazy. Why not put a howl-at-the-moon nutjob out there to take [him] to the edge?"
Even if the Scarecrow's efforts fall short, there remains another potent weapon waiting in the wings to give our hero a final push: his former partner turned bitter enemy, Bushman.
"Bushman can shake up MK like no one else; he's the original villain, the nemesis of nemeses for our boy," Hurwitz admits. "If anything's gonna rattle MK's nerves or make him wanna leave the reservation to put a body in a grave, it'd be Raoul."
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