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Moon Knight: City Of The Dead #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


Following the events of Moon Knight #25!

When a young runaway is attacked by a gang of death cultists, he is left barely alive outside the Midnight Mission. But Marc Spector made a vow long ago to defend the travelers of the night…and as long as a spark of life remains, his mission isn’t over yet. Follow Moon Knight on his most harrowing adventure yet, as the Fist of Khonshu journeys far beyond the land of the living – and battles across the mind-bending underworld known as the City of the Dead!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    The opening stage in Moon Knight’s adventure in the City of the Dead is an excellent debut, delivering what feels like three books in one while still feeling cohesive with the main Moon Knight title. The writing captures the tone and voice of the flagship book but brings a new energy thanks to the overtly supernatural premise of traveling to the afterlife. The book’s coloring picks up on that hook and delivers two distinct palette’s; feeling in line with the established hues and then exceeding expectations in the back half.

    The art for the issue packs a punch thanks to its balance of clarity and kinetic action, ensuring that there’s a weight to the action and emotion even as the world shifts around the characters. It makes for an excellent showcase of the strong pairing of gritty street-level action and high-concept mythical elements. Fans of the main Moon Knight book will want to pick this up immediately, and those not reading either will want to check out this fascinating exploration of the character and the elements that intersect to make Moon Knight such a unique character in the fabric of the Marvel universe.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Excellent start to a new story that includes the Midnight Mission.

    Art is very detailed with many textures and strokes that make it dynamic especially with a color palette that makes white colors shine brightly.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Pepose crafts a story that begins with great action and tension and manages to ramp up that tension with every page. The action is thrilling throughout and I love how quickly the story evolves with the presence of Marc in the city of the dead. The story is filled with potential for the character and culminates in great reveals and a story that will tease some big battles ahead with Marc and the villains from his past. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Ferreira delivers some great art throughout the issue. The action is visually stunning and as thrilling as the story.

  • 85


    Moon Knight: City of the Dead is a must-buy for fans of the MCU show, but also for fans of the supernatural elements of the character. There’s nothing more supernatural than throwing a supernatural character into a supernatural setting, which is well done here.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    The setup and execution here is solid all around and it covers the necessary bases while doing it with style. As is the case with most books like this, it has to satisfy both new readers and old fans so there’s a lot of familiar narration or flashback material that’s blended in to help with that and it can be tiring but necessary. Once beyond that, there’s a lot to like with how it plays out as Pepose captures a solid voice for Marc in both his forms and I really love the visuals for the city itself once they cross over. The only thing is that it’s just doing so much so fast that the pacing left me with a bit of whiplash as it has to try and provide enough hooks to keep you coming back, which I understand. But it’s frustrating to be stuck in this cycle sometimes as it can take a great work and bring it down a bit.

  • 80

    Capes & Tights

    The combination of excellent writing and stunning artwork make it a standout miniseries. It is rare for a comic book to have such a mature tone and contain such a deep and engaging storyline. The debut issue is a perfect introduction to the City of the Dead storyline, leaving readers craving more.

  • 80


    Rosenberg has created a visual language for current Moon Knight stories, so I’m glad she’s here. She gives Mark a white glow that visually sets him apart from everything else on the page. It looks so great. Petit plays a little bit with his bubbles to make the letters pop on the page. I’m not sure why he chose the font color he did with the narration, but otherwise it looks great.

  • 80

    Moon Knight has experienced quite the renaissance over the past year or two, and the good times keep on rolling with Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1. Writer David Pepose sets City of the Dead apart from the mainline series by exploring other pockets and levels of Moon Knight’s world, and levels is an apt descriptive. City of the Dead isn’t just a title, and it provides the perfect backdrop for Spector’s potent mix of guilt, compassion, and vengeance. Artist Marcelo Ferreira, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, inker Jay Listen, and letterer Cory Petit capture that splintered but still beating heart brilliantly throughout, and it’s hard not to be taken with the grand architecture and moody colors the City of the Dead provides, especially when Moon Knight’s piercing presence is standing in the midst of it. Mixing in the ancient Gods and locales gives City of the Dead it’s own distinct hook, and this seems to only be the tip of the iceberg, as Layla doesn’t even make her entrance before the book’s closing moments. City of the Dead captures what’s allowed this new era of Moon Knight to thrive while adding its own flavor and style to the mix, and it would seem that Moon Knight fans have a whole new reason to look forward to new comic book day.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Now that Marc is off into realms beyond life, Pepose and company are going to have to tread pretty lightly. The supernatural location is going to pose some problems, as it might bend Marc in an exclusively supernatural direction that’s going to alienate the basic humanity of the character. Moon Knight has always worked best as a balance between street-level crime and the supernatural. If Pepose and company can maintain that, they’ll have a hell of a series on their hands.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Despite my confusion, there’s no denying the potential of this story. It’s refreshing to see a departure from the usual Euro-centric mythology in comics. The artwork is stunning, filled with captivating details that keep the eyes engaged. While Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1 might not have hit all the marks for me, I’m optimistic that future issues will find their footing and provide a more precise direction. I’m curious enough to check out the next installment. With some adjustments to pacing and a bit more context, this comic could genuinely shine.

  • 60

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Moon Knight: City of the Dead #1 sends Moon Knight on a journey to the Underworld to save a boy’s soul. There are copious amounts of big, loud action and obstacles to hinder Moon Knight’s quest, but the volume of noise crowds out what amounts to a super simple plot, making for a frequently tedious read.

  • 60


    The issue works as a fine introduction to a comic where a determined Moon Knight will be in a different realm filled not only with the Sons of the Jackal he dispatched at the beginning of this comic but plenty of old enemies he’s sent to the afterlife. It’s setting, and the nebulous idea of how time passes in the realm, also allows the events to be as drawn out as necessary to tell the story (although eventually we do need to discover why this one boy’s soul is so important to the cult).

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