10 Best Moon Knight Comic Book Issues To Read Before The Series

The upcoming Moon Knight series will draw some inspiration from the comic books it seems, and for fans looking for a primer on the character, there are lots of great comic book issues to read before the series drops. Some of the best Moon Knight comic book issues establish his demons and his villains from him, many of whom have already been teased in the trailers for the MCU series.

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Other great issues could point toward the future for Moon Knight in the MCU. He’s associated with a few notable teams, like the West Coast Avengers and Midnight Sons. Both superhero teams seem to be coalescing in the MCU, making key issues from their comic book histories worth checking out for fans looking to brush up before Moon Knight arrive.


Moon Knight #1 (2016)

Marc Spector in bed in the Moon Knight comic

The MCU series will clearly deal with the many different personalities of Moon Knight and likely the question of his sanity. One of the best modern comics that do is the 2016 volume of the series, written by Jeff Lemire, creator of sweet-toothnow a post-apocalyptic series on Netflix.

The first issue of this series opens with Marc Spector in a mental health facility and challenges the idea that he has imagined all of his personalities, including the Egyptian god Khonshu, from whom he derives his superhuman powers.

Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Doctor Strange Damnation #1 Cover

Comic book fans know the Midnight Sons are a supernatural team of superheroes, and Moon Knight became a member in Doctor Strange Damnation #1 in 2017. This comic is a great place to start for MCU fans, as it’s likely to have some bearing on Moon Knight’s screen future.

Numerous characters associated with the Midnight Sons are in the MCU or are about to be, and it’s likely Moon Knight would be part of the live-action version of this team, making this comic and the entire mini-series worth reading for fans.

Moon Knight #1 (2011)

Moon Knight talks with the Avengers in Marvel Comics.

Moon Knight #1 from 2016 presents another new jumping-on point for readers and it may provide an interesting wrinkle for portraying Moon Knight in the MCU. In this series, Moon Knight’s personalities expand to include manifestations of Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Captain America.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, responsible for many of the most important Marvel Comics events, especially in the 21st century, this series explores new possibilities in the depiction of Moon Knight’s personality disorder that could provide interesting possibilities for the MCU.

Spectacular Spider-Man #23

Moon Knight fights Spider-Man in Marvel Comics.

When Moon Knight first appears in Marvel Comics, he’s initially presented as a villain. That carries through his earliest appearances of him, until Spectacular Spider-Man #22 and especially #23, making this issue key in understanding the gray area Moon Knight operates in.

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Trailers for the upcoming series make it seem that Moon Knight could many different directions in the MCU, and this comic from the late 70s goes a long way in establishing that Moon Knight can be a hero or a villain depending on the circumstances he finds himself in. .

Marvel Knights #14

Daredevil Luke Cage Moon Knight Netflix Marvel

For all his supernatural aspects, Moon Knight is also a classic vigilante. He has connections to many other costumed vigilantes in the Marvel Universe like The Punisher and Daredevil, and likely will in the MCU too, making Marvel Knights #14 a key read.

This issue rounds out a run of the ‘mature label’ series in the late 90s that brought a new perspective of many of Marvel Comics’ street-level characters, including Moon Knight. He could easily fit in with the Netflix Marvel suite of characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage.

Moon Knight #3

Moon Knight fights Midnight Man in Marvel Comics

All indications are Moon Knight will face off against one of his most powerful villains, Midnight Man, in the MCU, making Moon Knight #3 a good issue to read before the series. This issue introduces the master thief, who is a dark version of Moon Knight.

Late French actor Gaspard Ulliel will be playing the villain and it’s likely that the MCU will follow the story of the issue fairly closely. Midnight Man breaks into a museum, where Moon Knight works in London in the MCU, in the guise of Stephen Grant.

West Coast Avengers #21

Moon Knight and Hank Pym join the West Coast Avengers in Marvel Comics.

Moon Knight was part of the West Coast Avengers for a period in the late 80s, and West Coast Avengers #21 is where he joins the team. Looking ahead to Moon Knight’s MCU future, this issue could be key to his involvement with other characters.

Moon Knight would join forces with several characters who are prominent players in the MCU at the moment, including War Machine, Scarlet Witch, and the White Vision, making this issue a possible talisman of his future in live-action.

Moon Knight #2

Arthur Harrow experiments on someone in Marvel Comics.

The main villain of the series is Arthur Harrow, played by Ethan Hawke. Harrow’s one and only real comic book appearance is in issue #2 of the ongoing Moon Knight series from the mid-80s, making it key to understanding the MCU version.

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It seems from the trailers and promotional materials for the movie that there will be significant differences. In the comics, Arthur Harrow is a scientist whereas in the MCU, he appears to be some kind of cult leader and possibly in possession of powerful mystical objects.

Werewolf By Night #32

Moon Knight fights Werewolf By Night in Marvel Comics.

It all begins for Moon Knight in Werewolf By Night #32, where he’s introduced as a villain hunting down Jack Russell. While biographical details about Moon Knight would change over time, the issue remains a great place to start, especially with Werewolf By Night coming to the MCU.

Comic book fans know Werewolf By Night is a major figure of the supernatural corner of the Marvel Universe, and his connection is so strong to Moon Knight that he could make a cameo in the Moon Knight series before it’s over.

Marc Spector: Moon Knight #42

Moon Knight fights Moon Shade in Marvel Comics.

Moon Knight is unlikely to be immune to the expansion of the multiverse in the MCU and Marc Spector: Moon Knight #42 is a great issue that may forecast other Moon Knight variants. This issue takes Moon Knight on a journey through the multiverse that could occur in the MCU.

One of the best and most terrifying variants of Moon Knight to appear in the comic is Moon Shade, a powerful villain who consumes the energy of other Moon Knights. He could potentially appear in the MCU via the multiverse or even an alternate personality of Marc Spector.

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