For too long we have been deprived of a comic starring a Moon-headed adventurer, and now finally Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold are here with a brand spanking new creator-owned series to satiate our desire.
A summoning of the great Moon spirit goes slightly wrong, and London is granted the presence of Moon, a tall skinny guy who fights crime and has no mouth. But he does enjoy a mean coke float. It’s a very promising start from the UK’s newest independent comics company, with a great cast of characters and a strangely endearing silent hero.
In the year 12AD, at a location suspiciously Henge-like, a group of Celts attempt to summon the great Moon spirit. Unfortunately, the druids are a bit steamed, and substitute a ram’s head for a heart, and accidentally sacrifice the wrong person. The result is a rather gravitationally-challenged figure, who has no verbal means of communication. Oops.
Fast forwarding to the present day, Moon is still carrying out his duties as defender of the British Isles, and is now employed by an organisation known as The Agency. Hopefully we’ll get to see how he has managed in the interim 2000 years, but for now enjoy the chaos, the violence, and the heartbreak of his career as an enigmatic Moon in Black. And watch out for Rodriguez, that brilliant Dredd-like traffic warden: judging from the promotional artwork, he’s rather important.
This is a very British book, from the oddball plot to the whimsical dialogue and very carefully designed characters. Moon in particular is expertly rendered, his body language and glowing head ably illustrating his thoughts and adding him to the roster of great mute characters. The art is angular, gritty and messy – a little like Britain then – becoming cleaner and more defined as the plot progresses and the action starts to get out of control, panels colliding and overlapping in the chaos.
Writer Dan Thompson and artist Steve Penfold made the bold decision of creating their own company to publish Moon, which has enabled them to maintain full control over the content and rights. That company, Beyond the Bunker, also has a regularly updated website that details how the various projects are progressing, and for example, how Penfold turned into a gibbering fanboy when he met Frank Quitely. Understandable mate.
Moon #2 is currently in production, and I couldn’t begin to guess where the story will go next. There are a lot of unanswered mysteries in the first issue, and those alone will have me coming back for more. Does Moon jump back in the sky at night? How can he see with no eyeballs? And how does he manage to drink those coke floats?!