When Moon Knight reverts to "Legacy" number with November's #166, the title will also introduce something new for Moon Knight - a character that incoming writer Max Bemis describes as Moon Knight's "ultimate nemesis."
"The first story we’re telling, I’m hoping to create the ultimate nemesis for Moon Knight," Bemis told CBR. "I know he has one a little bit, but I still feel, like when we were talking about it initially, if he’s Batman, he doesn’t really have a Joker — yet."
"What I’m doing is, rather than focusing on his inner struggles so much, this is about him coming up against really intense, life-changing scenarios, and the main one being facing the ultimate bad guy who’s his polar opposite in pretty much every way (without giving away too much)," he continued. "We’re just going to put him through the wringer a little bit, but it’s not going to be one of those depressing, 'Let’s just have Moon Knight to complain the entire time.' I want him to now move on to his next phase of his existence."
Bemis will team with artist Jacen Burrows for Moon Knight, which he says will follow some of the same themes as his previous Marvel work, but in a context more specific to the vigilante.
"I think the modern takes on Moon Knight have been really amazing," he said. "Warren Ellis and that whole run; Lemire. I think people feel like the title is an invitation to explore the human psyche and get weird with storytelling, and readers can expect that in a Moon Knight book and it doesn’t feel like a jolting thing."
"I think for a long time Moon Knight has been about a man grappling with the fact that he has a mental illness," he continued. "The cool thing Jeff did is, he resolved that arc, for now at least. He basically left him OK with who he was, at least in terms of his split personality. I think there are many more interesting stories that come after the grappling with your demons - you may figure out what’s going on and how to live, but then you’ve got your entire life ahead of you and all the challenges. It’s no longer, 'Oh, I hate myself because I’m crazy! Who am I? Who is Konshu?' It’s, 'OK, I’m a crazy man, and I may or may not be an emissary of a moon god, it may all be in my head, but I kind of don’t care, and now I have to keep trying to make the world a better place and live a life.'"
As for the future, Bemis has plans to stick around on Moon Knight.
"If it were up to me, I would write Moon Knight for like a hundred issues, because it’s the perfect book for me. Even if I get to do other stuff at Marvel, I’ve always wanted to write a long ongoing book at Marvel - which mostly doesn’t happen," he explained. "That happens to like Brian Bendis and a few other people. But if I get to tell a long Moon Knight story outside of this first arc, I would love to involve him with the rest of the Marvel Universe on his own terms, as long as it isn’t exploitive and just trying to get sales from putting the Hulk in there. As long as it fits the tone - I always loved in the Vertigo books in the ’90s when they would bring in like, Superman in the background for one issue. So it would be stuff like that if it does happen."
Moon Knight #188 will be released in November. Here's the full solicitation: