When Cullen Bunn takes over the Moon Knight series in March, he’s stepping into some big shoes – and he knows it. But the Sixth Gun writer is no stranger to challenges, even when the challenge is a scatter-brained and sometimes unreliable vigilante. In March, Bunn joins with newcomer artist Ron Ackins to take over the offbeat series after Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood’s current arc and continued the pattern of short stints with standalone stories that stand apart from the superhero status quo.
“I think my arc will stand pretty well on its own. At the end of #12, Moon Knight will have gone through a bit of a status quo shift. I’ll be picking up from there, and where he ends up will pull from the Warren Ellis arc,” Bunn explains. “We might also be seeing the Freak Beat during my arc. But if you haven’t read the previous issues, you should be fine to hop on now.”
Bunn, who also writes Magneto for Marvel, will be doing five issues of Moon Knight before passing the torch to another creative team, and says he’s balancing the fit between previous teams’ themes while making his arc unique.
“Each of my five issues will feature self-contained stories with some connective thematic tissue that should pull the tales together in a nice parcel,” says Bunn, who also writes the ongoing Magneto series. “I’ve been calling these stories “street-level supernatural” but I’m not sure that’s completely correct. Some of the tales feature no supernatural elements at all. They are all, however, 100% weird in nature.”
The weirdness begins according to Bunn with the title character himself, saying that anything Moon Knight sees or says is questionable.
“Marc Spector should be a little off-putting. When you’re in his world and seeing a story through his eyes, you should question if what you’re seeing is real,” says Bunn. “He’s a completely unreliable point-of-view character because his view of the world is fractured and broken. Is he really communicating with Khonshu? Is he seeing ghosts? Is he flying over the city on a crescent-winged jet pack? Or is all of that in his head? That makes him a great character for storytelling, especially when he’s dealing with matters of faith, as he will be in my arc.”
Speaking of faith, readers can have faith that the Moon Knight series will continue to be independent of other Marvel events, crossovers or surprise guest-stars.
“This will stand on its own,” Bunn confirms. “I’d love to see Moon Knight interacting with a few Marvel stand-bys. Believe me, it was everything in my power to keep from putting Werewolf By Night in this book. But I had to focus on what would lend itself best to the space I was allotted. That meant I had to forego guest stars.”
One surprise can confirm however is his collaborative partner, artist Ron Ackins. The Philadelphia artist is a rookie to the comics industry, having only done one full published comic prior to his debut in March’s Moon Knight #13. That being said, Bunn as a relative comics veteran says the Philadelphia artist’s work is a perfect fit for Marc Spector.
“When I was told I’d be working with Ron, I started my research. I quickly became a fan,” the writer reveals. “His work is unlike anyone else’s. It’s energetic and captures the strange and creepy aspects of the story perfectly. It’s a genuine honor to be working with him.”