Having fulfilled his sinister ritual, the JACKAL KNIGHT’s ultimate ascendance is at hand – by conquering the land of the living with the endless hordes of the City of the Dead!
Outnumbered and overwhelmed, can Moon Knight dig deep within himself to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?
With all the blood on his hands, can a man like Marc Spector find redemption even at the end of the world?
And what might the future hold for the Scarlet Scarab?
Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion of Moon Knight’s most death-defying adventure yet!
Comic WatchRounded out by Rosenbergs palette, which unifies the various designs and elements, the book sticks the landing in a genuine tale of myth, monsters, and managing the guilt of a hero. Sometimes the Big 2 needs a meat-and-potatoes comic like this to get into the heart of the characters and add a layer of substance.
But Why Tho?Moon Knight: City of the Dead #5 successfully wraps up an expansive personal story. While everything is all about Moon Knight’s family and his mission, so much more is done to explore the Egyptian underworld and wider mythology that exists beyond Marc Spector. The energy of the comic is consistent throughout, with an understanding of heavy metal action that befits the character. There is a sense of finality to the story, with a greatest hits of Spector’s supporting cast and an ending that could be conclusive if it wanted to be. But it is also easy to see where the avenues have been created to further the main series and even more beyond that.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Pepose brings this story to a satisfying and thrilling conclusion. There are some great, thought-provoking moments throughout the issue that give great insight into the character for those new to Moon Knight’s story. I really enjoyed the conflict in the story as well as how it ends. A great story for fans of the character and an entertaining read for those just getting into his story. The Art: Ferreira delivers some dynamic and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The action is amazing and there are some brutal and beautifully detailed moments throughout the issue.
ComicBook.comMoon Knight: City of the Dead sticks the landing with a gripping and genuinely heartfelt finale that will likely have a significant effect on Marc Spector. Writer David Pepose, artist Marcelo Ferreira, inker Jay Leisten, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Cory Petit deliver an issue full of thrilling action sequences that will delight fans of Spector's internal supporting cast, as it's difficult not to cheer when Moon Knight assembles an army of personas on the battlefield. At the heart of this story though are two key relationships, and in both cases Marc has no shortage of guilt and regret. That feeds into some of the issue's most personal moments, and those end up being the issue's best moments too, as Marc processes the loss, hope, and closure those moments ultimately bring. The issue seems to have some big implications for Moon Knight going forward as well, and that lends an importance and weight to what transpired within the series. City of the Dead hit the ground running, and the series finale didn't miss a beat.
The Fandom PostWith the ongoing series playing out at the same time that I’m not reading, I have no idea if this will have any impact beyond these pages itself. What’s here should be defining for the character for years to come and push some changes in direction and options. I enjoyed this run for the version of Marc we got, seeing things play out in the city itself, and the kind of plan that Osiris does to keep some connection to humanity. And finding a way to incorporate Layla into things again, though being disconnected from the ongoing works I have no idea how that’ll be dealt with. Within this setting, it’s solid and largely self-contained but you hope it has some real ramifications.
First Comics NewsMoon Knight: City of the Dead #5 is a disappointing conclusion to a mediocre storyline. The issue is rushed, poorly paced, and unsatisfying. The artwork is also inconsistent, and the characters are poorly written. I would not recommend this issue to anyone.