MARC SPECTOR: MOON KNIGHT #35-38 (1992): Blood Brothers feat. Punisher

Terry Kavanagh begins his run on Moon Knight, and he will literally run the book into the ground. He’ll write for about two years and then the book will be cancelled.

Moon Knight is riding bitch behind Punisher and doesn’t even make the cover of his own comic for #36.

Kavanagh’s run is marked by lots of guest stars–attempts to make people care about Moon Knight by including characters they already care about.  It’s a standard Marvel technique, but it works a lot better for new titles.  Not for ones already in their 30somethings that have been pushing the lower boundaries of mediocre for a long time.

We start with potential Star Trek role play.

Followed by the return of Hatchet Man–Marc Spector’s long-lost brother, who last appeared in the Moon Knight features at the back of Hulk! Magazine.

He’s working for a Moon God cult.

Punisher who helps Moon Knight track down and defeat the Cult of Khoshnu.  As you can see from the panel above, he’s a wisecracking Punisher.  That’s never good.

Moon Knight and Punisher fight each other and team up.

It’s no surprise that Punisher doesn’t like being part of a group. Everyone wants to team up with him but then gets upset when he kills people. But that’s what he does.

Didn’t Batman fight a bunch of guys who dressed like Batman, too? I’m pretty sure he did it first.

Anyhow, Moon Knight finally reaches his brother. But…Only wait. Maybe it’s not Moon Knight’s brother.

Or is it? I dunno. I don’t know what the truth is.

But eventually we do find out…

So they were in the desert together when Marc found the hidden temple of Khonshu. And, sadly, it appears that the intervention of the moon deity was real–not ambiguous.

I hate when Moon Knight is described as having powers.  He’s supposed to be Batman.  The mystical stuff always ruins him.

Marc escapes and finds his “powers” have been transferred to Randall.

To get his “powers” back, he puts on armored shoulderpads.

Why are they doing this to Moon Knight?

We end with a face-off in the hospital. Randall is trying to kill Frenchie.

But instead, Punisher kills Randall.

Yeah, there’s no coming back from that.

If this isn’t enough bad Moon Knight for you yet, there’s also a board of directors now who will be called his “shadow cabinet.” They have names like Sigmund (a profiler, of course) and Psycho, and they work behind the scenes to track and identify mystic-based moon threats.

Or something like that.

The last panel promises Dr. Doom for the next arc. He busts into the Shadow Cabinet’s board meeting.

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