Moon Knight's been a lot of different heroes to a lot of different writers since his debut almost 40 years ago. Mercenary, adventurer, vigilante, supernatural super hero, television producer, Avenger—the guy's done just about everything. Recently, though, fans have thrilled at the exploits of an all-new Moon Knight, one that takes a no frills, high-tech approach to waging a war on multiple fronts against the crime poisoning the streets of New York City.
Marc Spector's one-man crusade will continue this fall when new creative team Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood arrive in MOON KNIGHT #7. We recently spoke with incoming writer Wood about the character’s future as the guardian of New York's mean streets.
Marvel.com: What’s your history with Moon Knight? Is this a character that you’ve been fond of for a while, or are you coming to him with a fresh perspective?
Brian Wood: I have no history with the character, as a reader or a creator. I know who he is, of course, and I had been enjoying this new run before editor Nick Lowe e-mailed me about taking it over with #7. But honestly, I have very little history with most “Big Two” super heroes, it’s just who I am as a creator. I got into comics as an adult and read mostly Vertigo and Fantagraphics. So when an editor hires me onto a super hero book, they are looking for someone who can come in with fresh eyes, that's the route they want me to go.
Marvel.com: The current MOON KNIGHT series has pretty much reinvented the character. Will you be working with this version, and if so, what do you like about the new take?
Brian Wood: I think what Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are doing is perfect; it's a perfect book. So my intention and goal is to not change the book, but to bring some of what I can do and add it to the mix while maintaining the same reading experience everyone got with the first six issues. So it'll be heavily [New York City], done-in-one stories; that perfect minimalism of story that Warren does so well, and the action and the real-ish-world villains. I think what you'll see differently is less emphasis on the supernatural, the "Warren Ellis weird"—a term I used in my pitch to Nick—and a heavier emphasis on action, military, and social elements.
Marvel.com: Moon Knight’s also a character that has in the past allowed for writers to really leave their mark on him; both Ellis and Brian Michael Bendis have had memorable and drastically different takes on him. Are you looking to do the same, and in what way?
Brian Wood: Not in an overt way. I think my mark will be left just by my having been there, but like I said, nothing is not working on the book right now, and since we're still in the first year, I'd be stupid to mess with that.
Marvel.com: So far in the book, the Moon Knight operation has been a one-man act; he doesn’t even have a driver for his car. Are you looking to expand his cast at all?
Brian Wood: I think we'll see a little more about his doctor, the woman we met in #1.
Marvel.com: You’re coming onto the book with a new artist as well, Greg Smallwood. What’s it like working with him on this new beginning?
Brian Wood: So far so good! We've only just started. But I like Greg's work a lot, so I'm happy.
Marvel.com: There are a lot of street-level heroes in the Marvel Universe. What in your mind separates Moon Knight from characters like Daredevil and Punisher?
Brian Wood: There have been so many different Moon Knights over the years, I'm going to focus my answer on this current Moon Knight, and that makes the answer easy: he is so street level, and aside from a few mentions and nods, is operating separately from the [Marvel Universe]—which works with MK's character at the moment, and allows an even greater feeling of realism than exists in the Marvel Universe normally, which is already kind of a lot. I like DAREDEVIL, and the PUNISHER MAX books are some of my favorite comics ever, but I think what Warren did in bringing Moon Knight back like this, this is special.
Brian Wood makes his debut with MOON KNIGHT #7, on sale in September