The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading order on collecting Moon Knight comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated July 2016 with titles scheduled for release through April 2017.
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Moon Knight is Marvel’s distorted Bruce Wayne.
Marc Spector is a willingly schizophrenic, playboy millionaire, former military mercenary, and sometimes cab driver who avenges crime while tacitly under the command of an Egyptian god, whose powers are both a blessing and a curse that deepens Spector’s insanity. Basically, he’s every bit as unstable as Batman ought to be played, with the added bonus of multiple identities and never quite being sure he can believe the reality around him.
- Early Moon Knight (1972 – 1980)
- Moon Knight, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (1980 – 1984 & 1985)
- The West Coast Avenger (1987 – 1989)
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight, Vol. 3 (1989 – 1994)
- Vol. 4 & 5 (1998 – 1999)
- Guest Star (2000 – 2006)
- Vol. 6 by Charles Huston & Mike Benson (2006 – 2009)
- Vengeance of the Moon Knight by Greg Hurwitz (2009 – 2010)
- Heroic Age: Vol. 7 by Brian Bendis (2011 – 2012)
- Marvel Now: Vol. 8 (2014 – 2015)
- All-New, All-Different Marvel: Vol. 9 (2016 – Present)
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Moon Knight debuted as a vicious, aerobic, anti-Werewolf bounty hunter with his own private helicopter in the pages of the 70s horror title Werewolf by Night. It was in his next appearance in a pair of Marvel Spotlight issues that his double-life as a millionaire and a cabbie was brought to light.
Moon Knight Epic Collection: Bad Moon Rising (Epic Vol. 1)
Collects (in order) Werewolf by Night (1972) #32-33, Marvel Spotlight (1971) #28-29; Defenders #47-50 (and excerpts of #51); The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #22-23; Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #52; Hulk [Magazine] (1978) #11-15, 17-18, & 20; Marvel Preview (1975) #21; Moon Knight (1980) #1-4.
Essential Moon Knight, Vol. 1 (b&w)
Differs from the Epic collection by omitting The Defenders and collecting more of Moon Knight, Vol. 1. Collects (in order) Werewolf by Night (1972) #32-33, Marvel Spotlight (1971) #28-29; The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #22-23; Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #52; Hulk [Magazine] (1978) #11-15, 17-18, & 20; Marvel Preview (1975) #21; Moon Knight (1980) #1-10,
The only Moon Knight appearances not included in his essential volume are Defenders #47-51 (after Marvel Spotlight #28-29) and Captain America #245 (after Hulk Mag run). The Epic also omits Captain America.
The Hulk Mag stories and Marvel Preview were reprinted as a three-issue “Moon Knight: Special Edition” limited series in 1983.
Other collection options:
Werewolf by Night #32-33: Essential Werewolf by Night, Vol. 2
Marvel Spotlight #28-29: Not collected
Defenders #47-51: See Defenders
Spectacular Spider-Man #22-23: See Spider-Man
Marvel Two-in-One #52: Essential Essential Marvel Two-in-One, Vol. 2
Captain America #245: See Captain America
Marvel Preview #21: Also in Countdown to Dark, above.
Volume 1 is the classic 38-issue series with a significant and transformative run by Bill Sienkiewicz. It was followed by Volume 2, a 6-issue 1985 mini-series.
in full-color Epic editions…
Vol. 1 #1-4: Epic Collection: Bad Moon Rising (Epic Vol. 1)
See contents, above.
Vol. 1 #5-23: Epic Collection: Shadows of the Moon (Epic Vol. 2)
Vol. 1 #24-38 & Vol. 2 #1-6: TBA
in black and white Essential editions
Vol. 1 #1-10: Essential Moon Knight, Vol. 1 (b&w)
See contents above.
Vol. 1 #11-30: Essential Moon Knight, Vol. 2 (b&w)
Issue #13 is Moon Knight’s first encounter with Daredevil, which is also collected in Shadowland: Moon Knight, below.
Vol. 1 #31-38 & Vol. 2 #1-6: Essential Moon Knight, Vol. 3 (b&w)
Moon Knight (1980) #31-38, Moon Knight (1985) #1-6, Marvel Fanfare (1982) #30 & 38-39, Marvel Super-Heroes (1990) #1, Solo Avengers (1987) #3.
Appearances during Vol. 1:
- After #12, Marvel Team-Up Annual 4, Avengers #211, ROM #23, Amazing Spider-Man #220
- After #20, Iron Man #161, Contest of Champions #1 & 3
- After #23, Power Man & Iron Fist #87-88, Spectacular Spider-Man #72
- After #38, Marvel Fanfare #39, Code of Honor #3, Marvel Team-Up #144
Appearances during Vol. 2:
- After #2, Marvel Fanfare #30
- After #6, Marvel Fanfare #38
After his appearances in Marvel Fanfare above, Moon Knight joins the West Coast Avengers in 1987 thr.
#21-24, Annual 2 & Avengers Annual 16, 25-28: See Avengers West Coast
Solo Avengers #3 (2nd story): Collected in Essentials Vol. 3, above
Iron Man #229: See Iron Man
#32-36: See Avengers West Coast
Nick Fury vs. SHIELD #2
#37 & Annual 3 (2nd story): See Avengers West Coast
#39-41: See Avengers West Coast. Moon Knight leaves the cast after #41.
Marvel Super Heroes #1: This is included in Essential Vol. 3, above. Due to the nature of this book – using inventory stories that had no other home – the issue actually fits into continuity prior to its release in 1990
Moon Knight: Divided We Fall OGN
Though released in 1992, most resources I have checked place this prior to the start of the 1989 Volume 3 series.
#1-3: Not collected
Punisher Annual 2 & Daredevil Annual 5: See Marvel Universe Events: Atlantis Attacks. Moon Knight is the featured character in the Punisher Annual.
#4-7: Not collected
#8-10: See Marvel Universe Events: Acts of Vengeance
#11-29: Not collected
After #29: Sleepwalker #7, Quasar #27, and Infinity Gauntlet #3. See Marvel Universe Events: Infinity Gauntlet for more information. Moon Knight also appears in a Werewolf by Night backup in Doctor Strange #27, but I believe that is flashback only.
#30-33: Not collected
Amazing Spider-Man #353-358: See Spider-Man
#34-40: Not collected
Moon Knight Special Edition: One-shot. Not collected.
#41-44: Not collected
During #41: Infinity War #2-4. Issue #4 contains action that continues through Moon Knight #44.
Web of Spider-Man #93-94: See Spider-Man
#44-55: Not collected
#56-57: Not collected. These issues integrate with Infinity Crusade, as shown below. See Marvel Universe Events: Infinity Crusade.
During #56: Infinity Crusade #1
Then: Infinity Crusade #1, Thor #464, Infinity Crusade #2, Web of Spider-Man #104 & Dr. Strange #55
During #57: Web of Spider-Man #105, Infinity Crusade #3-4
After #57: Web of Spider-Man #106, Infinity Crusade #5-6
#58-60: Not collected
After #60: She-Hulk #58, Starblast #1, Marvel Comics Presents #152-154
After the end of his series, Moon Knight disappears from the Marvel Universe for three years.
#1-4: Not collected
Avengers, Vol. 3 #1: Moon Knight makes a brief appearance. See Avengers.
Avengers #12: See Avengers.
#1-4: Not collected
Wolverine #134: May come before the mini. See Wolverine.
Contest of Champions II #1: Moon Knight appears briefly
Deadpool, Vol. 3 #34: See Deadpool
Black Panther #20-22: These issues are a tie-in to Civil War. See Marvel Universe Events: Civil War
Marvel Knights #4-9 & 11-14: Not collected
Thunderbolts #57: See Thunderbolts
Captain America, Vol. 4 #29
Avengers #501-503: See Marvel Universe Events: Avengers Disassembled
Marvel Team-Up, Vol. 3 #3 in Vol. 1: The Golden Child
Marvel Team-Up, Vol. 3 #7 & 10 in Vol. 2: Master of the Ring
His participation is implied in #8-9
House of M #3-5: See Marvel Universe Events: House of M
A brutal extension of the original Doug Moench themes and supporting cast that might have qualified for Marvel Knights if it was released a few years earlier – it is that bloody, adult, and relentless. It’s also an immensely satisfying and well-illustrated read.
World War Hulk: Front Line #5: See Marvel Universe Events: World War Hulk. This is a two-page cameo of MK saving the lead of this series from a mugger.
Hulk (2008) #7-9 (A-stories): See Hulk. This is a substantial appearance fighting with and alongside Hulk and Ms. Marvel. It fits in the middle of #25, as the end of #25 tracks directly to #26.
After the terminally dark Huston/Benson run, this Moon Knight is a brighter affair – in mood, lighting, and bringing in more of the outside Marvel Universe.
#1-6: Vol. 1: Shock & Awe
#7-10: Vol. 2: Killed, Not Dead
Secret Avengers #1-4: See Secret Avengers
Deadpool, Vol. 4 #27 & 29: See Deadpool. I need to confirm this placement, but it makes sense for it to occur before the two status-changing events that were released simultaneously.
Shadowland: Moon Knight
A three-issue mini-series, plus a reprint of Moon Knight Vol. 1 #13. Also available in hardcover. Moon Knight appears throughout this event – see Marvel Universe Event: Shadowland for further information.
Chaos War #1-2: See Marvel Universe Events: Chaos War.
Taskmaster #4 in Taskmaster: Unthinkable
Klaws of the Panther #4: See Black Panther
Heroes for Hire: Moon Knight is a recurring character in issues #1, 3, 5, 12
Avengers #9-12 & 12.1: See Avengers, Vol. 4
Onslaught Unleashed #1-4: Effectively a Secret Avengers miniseries. Collected in hardcover.
Secret Avengers issues #9-10, 12.1, & 13: See Secret Avengers
Bendis slightly reinvents Moon Knight as a multiple-personality hero, hallucinating that he is alternatingly fighting alongside Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine when really he is dishing out their blows all on his own. As with most Bendis character reinventions, longtime fans largely rejected this concept. As a fringe character without much visibility outside of his own title, the result was a rare Bendis failure – the title ran only 12 issues.
Avengers #18: See Avengers, Vol. 4
Secret Avengers #16, 19, & 21: See Secret Avengers
Avengers vs. X-Men: Moon Knight is briefly drafted into the fight, but does not make a significant appearance in the main series. He appears in the tie-in X-Men Legacy #266-267 and in Avengers #28. See Marvel Universe Events: Avengers vs. X-Men
Warren Ellis is the next superstar writer to tackled the conundrum of Moon Knight. Which Marc Spector will greet readers in the spring – super-suave supernatural spy, paranoid psychotic bully haunted by a god of dubious reality, or fractured schizophrenic superhero? Brian Wood takes over at issue #7.
Avengers #34: This is a minor appearance. See Avengers, Vol. 4
Age of Ultron: Moon Knight appears prominently in the early issues, but this splinter timeline has no effect on his main story. See Marvel Universe Events: Age of Ultron
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1: See Spider-Man
#1-6: Vol. 1: From the Dead by Warren Ellis
#7-12: Vol. 2: Blackout by Brian Wood
#13-17: Vol. 3: In The Night by Cullen Bunn
Moon Knight’s relaunch finds him stuck in an insane asylum – or, is it? Written by Jeff Lemire with returning artist Greg Smallwood.
Moon Knight #1-5: Vol. 1: Lunatic
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