Pink’s famous hot dogs receive a bit of publicity this month in Marvel Comics’ “Moon Knight” #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Hollywood’s legendary hot dog since 1939 is used as a way for the hero, Moon Knight, to entice fellow Avenger Echo into helping him with his case of finding the crime boss of Los Angeles.
Touches like this make the reading experience more enjoyable. While Pink’s may not be a national name it certainly carries some weight with those familiar with Los Angeles. Similar to the previous two issues, Bendis and Maleev are working to incorporate real Los Angeles landmarks into the comic book to distinguish it from any other comic on the market. The first issue had Moon Knight battling crime at the Long Beach Harbor; issue two put our hero on the Hollywood rooftops. Now Moon Knight is selling his partner on the popular hot dog stand on La Brea Ave.
Grounded in a realistic comic environment, issue three explores more of Moon Knight’s life outside of the cape and cowl. In his secret identity of Marc Spector returns to the studio that is shooting the TV series based on his life. The world of Spector is fleshed out with the addition of Amy his personal assistant and Buck Lime the in-studio soldier of fortune consultant for the TV series. Buck also serves a dual purpose as Moon Knight’s researcher and on the ground back up.
The pacing of the storyline is also one of its strengths. This issue contains a lot of details that move the story forward while also expanding the world of Moon Knight that has been building over the first three issues. With more characters in place Moon Knight is really starting to fit in. The dialogue, one of Bendis’ greatest strengths, is quick and interesting and makes you feel you are hearing an actual conversation. The scenes shift from point A to B to C and the story keeps a nice easy flow.
As always the art of Maleev captures perfectly the feel of the book. There is a lighter tone to this issue as the story takes place primarily during the day and Maleev does not cheat. The art still maintains its gritty feel but is not covered with the dark ominous undertones of the nighttime, down and dirty activities of Moon Knight.
The decision: It is one thing for Marvel Comics to say Moon knight is in Los Angeles. Comics have been doing that forever. It is another thing for them to actually do it. Over the course of the first three issues Moon Knight has really been shown as a part of Los Angeles. From hot dogs to rooftops to the docks they are not beating the reader over the head but giving subtle nods to the locale the hero has been placed. This is a great book where the words on the page compliment the art perfectly.
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