Marvel has announced via ComicBook that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Greg Smallwood will launch a new Moon Knight ongoing series in 2016. Smallwood illustrated an arc of the previous Moon Knight series, and is joined by colorist Jordie Bellaire who worked on the entire last volume. In this new volume, Marc Spector is a forced resident of a mental institution.
"Marc is in a place I don’t think we’ve seen him before," said Lemire. "He is being told one thing, but is starting to believe another. That’s all I want to say about that yet."
Lemire said this new volume looks to delve deeper into themes that have been developed over the years in previous volumes of Moon Knight.
"The opportunity to write Moon Knight offered me the chance to explore themes of identity and mental illness," Lemire continued. "That’s something that hasn’t been done a lot in super hero comics. At least not in a significant way. I’ve dealt with mental illness in my own life, certainly not to the extreme that Marc Spector has, but still, it’s something I know intimately."
"Now, having said that, I don’t want people to think this comic book is just going to be a preachy polemic about the issue of mental health. It is very much filled with big, crazy, bombastic super hero stories and concepts. It’s got humor and heart and horror. But I think I can use these things as metaphor to address bigger issues as well."
Lemire and Smallwood's Moon Knight will eschew the smaller story arcs of the previous volume, telling stories over the course of arcs lasting three to five issues.
"I want to write one of the very best Moon Knight stories ever," said Lemire. "One that touches on every aspect of the character’s history and also breaks new ground and shows readers a Moon Knight they’ve never seen before. It’s a very ambitious story that should please long time Moon Knight fans, but also be totally fresh and welcoming to new readers. As lofty as my ambitions are, I’m lucky that I have Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire on my side."