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Zukah ([personal profile] zukahnaut) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-10-09 10:25 pm

With friends like these... who needs imaginary, identical friends?

Images from Moon Knight #6 below the cut, showcasing the confusing situation that Mr. Marc Spector should have anticipated finding himself in...

Moon Knight has been having an interesting time on the West Coast. He's assumed the daytime mantle of television producer by day, haunts LA by night in the old silver cloak, and six issues into his new series he's already found himself in possession of a disembodied Ultron head. Along the way he seems to have developed three extra facets of his infamous dissociative identity disorder; in addition to old mainstay personalities Marc Spector, Moon Knight, Steven Grant and Jake Lockley (although the latter two have made no appearance thus far, and Moon Knight appears to be indistinguishable from Marc Spector from what I've noticed), MK now has imaginary versions of Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine kicking around in his skull.

Primarily they seem to exist to give him opposing viewpoints on any given situation that he finds himself faced with, forcing him to look at problems from all angles before coming to a conclusion. Advisory positions. But like Lockley and Grant used to, they sometimes assert themselves in a more active role... i.e. becoming the dominant personality for brief periods. To make the new personalities more comfortable in his/their skin, Marc has taken to carrying a set of retractable  claws and a Spider-Man outfit.

In trying to get to the bottom of what he's calling the "Kingpin of LA," MK has accidentally blown the cover of one Maya Lopez, AKA Echo. After a few issues of distrust and second-guessing, they've joined forces to get to the bottom of who, exactly, it is that's after Ultron's head.

This doesn't come about easily. The last time they parted ways, it was with Marc laid out on his ass after a rather ill-timed kiss to the unsuspecting Maya. She, naturally, punched him repeatedly in the face and he (also naturally) fell in love. They both felt bad about their own actions afterwards. Naturally.

So Echo sneaks into MK's house to check up on him.

It's a valid concern. Space must be getting quite cramped in his poor noggin.

She is indeed "real" (he excuses the question with a muttered remark about having had vivid dreams), and looking to both apologize for the whole face-punching thing (and Marc hastily apologizes for the catalyst kiss, explaining that he had "clearly misread the signs" that he had sensed from her), and also to use his huge mostly-empty house as a place to crash. Since he did kind of blow her cover in LA and all.

He says sure, she goes off to shower, and then Marc is treated to yet another "Uh-oh, are they real?" moment when Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man appear in front of him. It turns out that they're real, as well.

Thus far, the Avengers have had no idea about the new residents inside Marc's head. Spider-Man wastes little time in breaching the subject though.

Wolverine says he likes the plan now. We'll have to see what happens when he finds out about Marc's new fist-mounted knives sometime...

And hey, lookit married Luke Cage averting his eyes when Echo walks in wearing nothing but a towel. Nice detail. The rest of the Avengers are pretty nonchalant about both Marc and Maya debriefing them while de-briefed.

It's got very little in common with the Charlie Huston series that I loved so much, but this incarnation of Moon Knight has been its own sort of entertaining thus far.

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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-10-10 07:09 am (UTC)(link)
Bendis/Maleev is always, always good. That said, I can't help but think Bendis is lurching toward a scenario where Moon Knight is the Kingpin of LA, given the new wrinkles he's introduced to the character's mental problems already. At least, that's the vibe I'm getting from the pages here and the like.

That said, I'm not too fond about Bendis' continued monopoly on some characters. Haven't we had the 'Echo undercover gets botched by the hero' before from him?
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[personal profile] lieut_kettch 2011-10-10 12:10 pm (UTC)(link)
And hey, lookit married Luke Cage averting his eyes when Echo walks in wearing nothing but a towel. Nice detail.

I can't help but think there should be one other Avenger present doing the exact same thing.
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[personal profile] kirke_novak 2011-10-10 12:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Satan tho!
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[personal profile] kirke_novak 2011-10-10 12:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Anyone who dresses up as SpiderMan and goes to a strip club is a winner in my book.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-10-10 12:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I've read the usual populist (and of dubious credibility in at least one case) books on the topic (When Rabbit Howls, The Minds of Billy Milligan) and even in comics I don't think I've heard of a disassociative personality disorder which actually used "real" people as the basis for the additional personalities (Rogue doesn't count), and someone with a schizophrenic condition which might make them believe they were talking to people who aren't there wouldn't normally be "taken over " by them to that extent would they?

It may be perfectly legitimate of course, but it's a new one on me.
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-10-10 01:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Comics, brotha, comics.

Typhoid Mary doesn't have the same condition - In that she doesn't have a Spider-Man, a Wolverine and a Cap floating about in her head, but she does have three or four distinct personalities in her head who 'take over' her body entirely at particular times and are all distinctly different. It's defined as Multiple Personality Disorder, I think? So as a character type, that particular element isn't new - Although it's surprising Bendis didn't bother doing his research with Mary when he used her in Hardcore.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-10-10 01:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh indeed, I think its known as both "Multiple Personality Disorder" and "Disassociative Personality Disorder".

But usually, the alternate personalities emerge to cope with specific instances of stress, and cope with certain situations, based on the core personality. Truddi Chase had her "troops", one of which dealt with absorbing pain, another one to cope with situations where assertive, aggresive actions and language were required, and so on. Mary's various selves are informed by her own experiences and though disassociated, are all derived, in some way, from her.

Coming up with personalities who already exist elsewhere is what's odd.

One wonder what happens when his perception of the person doesn't match the reality.*

* I'm vaguely reminded of the series that Jeff Goldblum had a while back, about a detective who has a disorder which causes him to see and converse with a vision of whoevers death he is investigating, a vision that grows and gains more substance the more he finds out about the victim. In one case he is conversing comfortably with the victim, until he discovers that they couldn't speak English, and since he can't speak Spanish, he's unable to communicate with them again.
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[personal profile] glprime 2011-10-10 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"In one case he is conversing comfortably with the victim, until he discovers that they couldn't speak English, and since he can't speak Spanish, he's unable to communicate with them again."

That... is nine kinds of fucked up.

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2011-10-10 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
It's called "Bendis knows he has to show horn in popular characters somehow" syndrome.
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[personal profile] amancalledblaze 2011-10-10 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I haven't bought any of this, I just really don't like this direction for Moony. He can work on the West Coast, but this new turn for him, just doesn't work for me.
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[personal profile] pallas_athena 2011-10-11 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)
It's Echo! I've liked her ever since her one-shot by David Mack.