Share this:

Hi! Welcome back to the Moon Knight comics reading guide!

Last time I wrote about the original Moon Knight comics before the year 2000. Those are great for a history of the character and tracking his development over time, but if you want to dive right into stories with Mr. Knight and the modern Moon Knight, the simplest and most satisfying method is to binge the solo series from 2014 to now!

Moon Knight Comics Recommendations:

  • Moon Knight (2014) by Ellis & Shalvey
  • Moon Knight (2016) by Lemire & Smallwood
  • Moon Knight (2021) by MacKay & Cappuccio

And that’s it! These series are all new-reader friendly and mark some of the greatest comic reinventions of all time! If you like those and are ready for more, then this is the article for you! Below I’ve listed each modern Moon Knight series with his guest appearances (strong recommendations are in bold). Be sure to check them all out!

ellis-moon-knight

 


 

Moon Knight (2000s) by Huston, Benson, and Hurwitz

After a period of quiet, Moon Knight resurfaced in 2006 with Charlie Huston’s run. All the 2000s Moon Knight runs were collected as individual trades and one large omnibus. After the craziness of the 90s, Huston took Moon Knight back to his roots, establishing the character’s modern interpretation.

This omnibus also includes Shadowland: Moon Knight. This miniseries features Marc’s father and brother, but it’s also among the least popular stories in Moon Knight history.

  • Moon Knight: The Bottom (2006) #1-6
    • Charlie Huston & David Finch 
  • Moon Knight: Midnight Sun (2006) #7-13, Annual #1
    • Charlie Huston & David Finch 
  • Moon Knight: God & Country (2006) #14-20
    • Mike Benson & Mark Texeira
  • Moon Knight: The Death of Marc Spector (2006) #21-25, Silent Knight #1
    • Mike Benson & Mark Texeira
  • Moon Knight: Down South (2006) #26-30
    • Mike Benson & Jefte Palo
  • Vengeance of the Moon Knight: Shock and Awe (2009) #1-6
    • Greg Hurwitz & Jerome Opena
    • #3 features Marc’s father Elias Spector
  • Vengeance of the Moon Knight: Killed, Not Dead (2009) #7-10
    • Greg Hurwitz & Tan Eng Huat

Also collected as:

  • Moon Knight By Huston, Benson & Hurwitz Omnibus
    • Moon Knight (2006) #1-30
    • Moon Knight Annual (2007) #1
    • Moon Knight: Silent Knight (2009) #1
    • Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2009) #1-10
    • Shadowland: Moon Knight (2010) #1-3

moon-knight-david-finch-wallpaper.jpg

Guest appearances:

  • Hulk (2008) #7-9
  • Secret Avengers (2010) #1-4, 9-10, 12.1, 16, 19, 21
    • Warren Ellis (Moon Knight (2014)) wrote #16-21
    • Mr. Knight introduced in #19!
  • Chaos War (2010) #1 [A Story]
  • Deadpool (2008) #28-29
  • Shadowland (2010) #1-3, Shadowland: Moon Knight (2010) #1-3
  • Shadowland: After the Fall (2011) #1
  • Taskmaster (2010) #4
  • Avengers (2010) #9-12, 18, 34, (2012) Annual #1
  • Klaws of the Panther (2010) #4
  • Captain America: Hail Hydra (2011) #4-5
  • Heroes for Hire (2011) #1, 3, 5, 12
  • Onslaught Unleashed (2011) #1-4
    • Related to Secret Avengers
  • Fear Itself: The Deep (2011) #4
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010) #13-16

moon knight


 

Moon Knight (2011) by Bendis & Maleev

The 2011-2012 Bendis & Maleev run was collected as two individual trades as well as one combined collection. The comics are the same either way. 

This run is generally considered “okay.” It’s not bad, but it’s not essential either. Many fans might argue that Moon Knight acts largely out of character, and the Bendis mannerisms make this sort of an oddball in the Moon Knight archives. Possibly relevant to the MCU: Marc Spector starts dating Echo and takes on the personalities of different Avengers.

  • Moon Knight by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Vol. 1 (2011) #1-7
  • Moon Knight by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Vol. 2 (2011) #8-12

Also collected as:

  • Moon Knight By Bendis & Maleev: The Complete Collection (2011) #1-12

 

Guest appearances:

  • Marvel Holiday Special 2011 (2012) #1 [D Story]
  • X-Men: Avengers vs. X-Men (2008) #266-267
  • Original Sin (2014) #1-8
  • Avengers (2010) #34
  • Age of Ultron (2013) #10
  • Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1

moon-knight-bendis-spider-man-wolverine-maleev-1000.jpg



Moon Knight
(2014) by Ellis & Shalvey

The 2014 arc by Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey launched the modern golden age of Moon Knight comics and delivers the first proper introduction to Mr. Knight. If you don’t want to read everything, you can start here and read until the current 2022 run. With simple plots and excellent art, these comics go by fast and they are fun.

  • Moon Knight: From the Dead (2014) #1-6
    • Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey 
  • Moon Knight: Dead Will Rise (2014) #7-12
    • Brian Wood & Greg Smallwood 
  • Moon Knight: In the Night (2014) #13-17
    • Cullen Bunn & Ron Ackins 

 

Guest appearances:

  • Captain America: Axis (2013) #24-25Mr. Knight shalvey

 

Moon Knight (2016) by Lemire & Smallwood

Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood continued the modern golden age of Moon Knight comics with their highly acclaimed 2016-2017 run, which was collected as three individual trades and one combined collection. The comics are the same either way. 

Cosmic Circus writer Brian Kitson strongly recommends the Lemire & Smallwood run because “it’s trippy, shows the cruelty of Khonsu, and does Moon Knight right.”

  • Moon Knight: Lunatic (2016) #1-5
  • Moon Knight: Reincarnations (2016) #6-9
  • Moon Knight: Birth and Death (2016) #10-14
    • #9-11 showcase Marc’s parents and childhood

Also collected as:

  • Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood (2016) #1-14

 

Guest appearances:

  • Defenders (2017) #10

Mr. Knight



Moon Knight
(2018) by Bemis & Burrows

Max Bemis & Jacen Burrows picked up from Lemire’s storyline. This run is notable for introducing the new villain “Sun King” and some major developments to Marc and his supporting cast. While there are many decent ideas, it’s also a big departure for the character and was somewhat controversial among fans.

In 2019, Cullen Bunn also returned for a quick one-shot: Moon Knight vs. Kang the Conqueror!

  • Moon Knight: Crazy Runs in the Family (2018) #188-193
  • Moon Knight: Phases (2018) #194-200
    • #194 features Marc’s father Elias Spector 

 

Guest appearances:

    • Daredevil (2016) #599-602, 605
    • Doctor Strange: Damnation (2018) #1-4
    • The Punisher (2016) #224, (2018) #14-16
    • Marvel Knights 20th (2018) #4
    • Infinity Wars (2018) #3
    • Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker (2018) #1
    • Deadpool: Assassin (2018) #4
    • Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #4 [C Story]
    • Conan: Serpent War (2019) #1-4
    • Contagion (2019) #3-5
    • Avengers: The Age of Khonshu (2018) #33-38

moon-knight-bemis.jpg



Moon Knight
(2021) by MacKay & Cappuccio

In 2021, Marvel launched a new Moon Knight series with Jed Mackay & Alessandro Cappuccio. It’s a great place to jump in, and super easy to binge! The new run introduced Hunter’s Moon and the Midnight Mission and brought back Tigra. The whole run culminates in the major Blood Hunt event!

  • Moon Knight: The Midnight Mission (2021) #1-6
  • Moon Knight: Too Tough To Die (2021) #7-12, Devil’s Reign: Moon Knight #1
  • Moon Knight: Halfway To Sanity (2021) #13-18, Annual #1
  • Moon Knight: Road To Ruin (2021) #19-24
  • Moon Knight: The Last Days of Moon Knight (2021) #25-30
  • Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2024) #1-10

moon-knight-cappuccio


 
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great time preparing for the show. What are you reading now? Let me know on Twitter @vinwriteswords! Stay tuned to the Cosmic Circus for more Moon Knight coverage coming soon! To learn more about Moon Knight, visit the official Marvel page.

Also check out our full list of comics reading guides here, including the Midnight Sons and classic Moon Knight!

Midnight Sons Comics Reading Guide

midnight-sons-reading-guide-06

Moon Knight Comics Reading Guide: 1975-2000

Moon-Knight-Reading-Guide-3.png

Are you new to comics? Try our Comics FAQ guide, and find me on Twitter if you have any questions!

All images courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Share this:

Vin

Reviews, reading guides, and crazy theories. Obsessed with the Midnight Sons. Find me on Twitter @vinwriteswords!

Vin has 143 posts and counting. See all posts by Vin