High Priest of Khonshu Rey shoots the breeze with seasoned Loony and valued Patroony, Josh ‘Geronimo’ Johnson to chat all things happening in this mad world, as well as to take a breather from it all, and chat some classic Moon Knight!
Popular amongst the Loonies, Josh and Rey review one of Moon Knight’s more mysterious and super powered enemies – one which beats him twice in the issue, before Moony get s the last laugh!
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PHASE OF THE MOON: WANING CRESCENT
LUNAR-PICK – CLASSIC RUN REVIEW
MOON KNIGHT VOL.1, ISSUE #12
– “THE NIGHTMARE OF MORPHEUS”
Released October 1981
Writer – Doug Moench
Penciler – Bill Sienkiewicz
Inker – Bill Sienkiewicz
Colourist – Christie Scheele
Letterer – Joe Rosen
Editor – Denny O’Neill
BARE BONES (WRITTEN BY REY):
Dr. Peter Alraune (Marlene’s brother) ponders over the guilt he bears for his patient, Robert Markham, who has gone horribly astray.
Just as he decides to report Markham to the police over the phone as missing, an intruder breaks in and reveals himself to be Markham himself, though now totally crazed and disfigured.
With mysterious dark powers, Markham (calling himself Morpheus after the Greek god) assaults Alraune but before he is able to finish the job, the police arrive and Morpheus flees into the night.
Marlene hears news of her brother now in hospital and pleads to Steven Grant to accompany her to see him. Peter slips in and out of consciousness but sadly as Marlene and Steven arrive, he falls into a coma.
It’s not long during their visit that Morpheus returns to presumably finish what he started, and as he attacks the hospital police guards, Moon Knight springs into action!
Morpheus proves, however, too much for Moon Knight to handle, and he makes short work of Moon Knight using his versatile ebon energy.
Moon Knight licks his wounds and returns to the scene of the crime (Peter Alraune’s office) to try and dig up information on Morpheus.
He is greeted by detective Flint – a seasoned, weary D.I who rather than get in Moon Knight’s way, assists him. Flint gives Moon Knight vital information and the thankful White knight leaves the office in search of Morpheus.
Meanwhile, as Morpheus becomes more and more crazed, he decides to rob a bank, which is easily detected by Moon Knight.
The two clash again, and for a second time, Morpheus beats Moon Knight effortlessly.
Moon Knight vows to do better and chases Morpheus into a zoo and after an intense fight where both seem to win at some point, Moon Knight lures Morpheus towards an electric generator.
Feigning injury, Moon Knight tricks Morpheus to shoot at the generator and as Moon Knight had hoped the electricity negates Morpheus’ ebon energy, rendering him powerless and at the mercy of the Fist of Khonshu.
Morpheus is arrested and brought to Seagate prison where he is sedated – effectively keeping Morpheus and his ebon energy under wraps.
Moon Knight forges a friendship with Detective Flint and as the story ends, Peter Alraune wakes from his coma, much to Marlene’s delight.
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