Fans have grown somewhat weary of writers from outside the comic industry coming in and running the show. The excitement met with Kevin Smith’s arrival on Green Arrow has long since become a thing of the past.
So, when Marvel announces that writer/producer Mike Benson (Entourage, among others) is hopping onto Moon Knight with regular writer Charlie Huston, I can’t say that I was overly amused. After all, I’m a fan still waiting for the 22nd issue of Astonishing X-Men that was originally solicited for April. That was written by another such figure, Joss Whedon. Remember when he was exciting too? How about Kevin Smith (director of Clerks, Dogma)’s Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do? That had an almost four year gap between the third and fourth issues that felt like an entirely different story!
Of course, this is being co-written by the title’s ongoing writer, right? Well, in the same interview, they say that Huston will be handing over full writing duties of Moon Knight to Benson after he gets the flow of writing. This doesn’t look good. Of course, to argue with myself, I could bring up the fact that director Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies) teamed up with Geoff Johns on Action Comics and the two needed five issues between parts three and four of their five part story. Guess that one goes out the window.
But Newsarama was good enough to ask Benson of this trend, and he replied with a less than shining response:
I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep but this project is really important to me. I want everyone—from new readers to the die-hard fans—to know that I’m not just coming in here and putting my thumbprint down on the character and then blasting back out. I understand what it’s like to be waiting for these books to come out—because you want to read them.
So color me skeptical, but I don’t see this book breaking the set in trend. So if you got frustrated by Whedon’s Runaways (which seems to be missing an extra month between each issue), Damon Lindelof (co-creator of Lost)’s Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk (which shipped two issues then promptly vanished, having passed the solicit date for the third issue in April of 2006), or Smith’s Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target (which has not shipped its second issue after being launched in late 2002), don’t single out Moon Knight as a book to fill the void. Save yourself the hurt and just pick up an ongoing you know you can appreciate…like New Avengers.