Marc Spector: Moon Knight #15-18 (1990): “The Trial of Marc Spector”

First things first: This arc has some really, really good news:

Midnight quits!

Marc Spector is tried for crimes committed during his mercenary days in the country of Bosqueverde (obviously fictional).  So…Not the Trial of Moon Knight. That would have been cooler. Still, the idea of holding a secret identity accountable for actions taken in that guise is pretty novel. Lots of potential.

But first, Moon Knight has to kick some nazi ass.

And get tricked into seeing a doctor.

The old scars and damage to his body are then used symbolically…

…Before he is quite literally hunted down to account for his days as a mercenary. The Bosqueverde government hires Silver Sable and her Wild Pack to kidnap Spector out of the U.S.

Ridiculously, Marc Spector—without his Moon Knight gear—is able to escape Sandman, Sable, Paladin, and the rest of her gang for nearly an entire issue.

It’s almost comedic.

Sandman can’t capture a well-trained army dude with no powers and no weapons.

He beats up Sandman with a hose. A hose. Come on.


In fact, they never catch him: he surrenders.

That’s right, he surrenders. 

From there, he’s transported overseas. He reminds us that he might be rich but he’s not Trump.

He is then imprisoned where he goes through a long reverie where he remembers how his origin and some of his previous adventures link to this current “crimes,” and fights with his fellow inmates.

Oh. Remember that good news that Midnight had quit? Well, with his former mentor in prison…

He picks up the role. But as a theif.

Back to Bosqueverde.

Spector escapes with the help of Marlene and Frenchie.

He then conveniently has the chance to win a pardon by foiling a plot to assassinate the leader of Bosqueverde. Oh, and the Secret Empire are behind it–which was totally unnecessary.

There were a lot of good things about this story, but they’re balanced against the absolutely ridiculous, slapstick fight against Sable’s crew and the ease with which Marc Spector singlehandedly exposes an entire country’s corrupt government.

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