In this issue, Moon Knight arrives at a tenament where an abducted girl is being held, and what follows is exactly what is portrayed on the cover. Moon Knight must fight his way up five floors of the abandoned building to rescue the child, and he does.
As straightforward and linear as this is, it is the formula that has been working for Ellis and Shalvey thus far, and continues to here in issue #5. This also continues the format which the creative team has been using since the first issue, in that this issue stands alone as a complete one-and-done story.
While Ellis and Shalvey have already announced that they are leaving this book after next month's issue, I hope that the new creative team sees value in this format, as it has been great to have a superhero book on the rack every month that feels very much like superhero books of the past. Not every story needs to be written for the collected format, consisting primarily of six-issue arcs, and this book proves that. It is nice to be able to pick a title off of the shelf and read it starting with any issue, it creates a very easy entry to Moon Knight that many other books lack.
The only downfall of that format so far (and perhaps it's not of the format, but the way the book has been approached by Ellis) is that not much character history is being developed for Marc Spector, and no supporting cast has been introduced. With each issue highlighting an individual mission and night in Moon Knight's life, there has been little room for any long-term narrative development. While that is a negative, this book continues to be excellent every month, and manages to maintain a high level of quality.
Ellis's minimalist approach to dialogue and narration makes for a relatively fast read, but the visual storytelling is so strong that I never find myself missing the exposition and verbal encounters that many comics rely on to convey story. In today's comic book market, particularly the superhero genre, Moon Knight is a unique breath of fresh air, and I hope that continues to be the case once Ellis and Shalvey have departed.