Moon Knight has been making rounds all over social media lately thanks to the masterful display that Oscar Isaac put on in the MCU series version of the character. Because of the show, there are now more people interested in Moon Knight and the story of the comics, in general. So, with that said, we are here to give you a complete reading order for Moon Knight in case you are interested in reading the comics.
Best Place To Start Reading Moon Knight
If you want to get started on reading Moon Knight, then it is best to start with the origin stories of the character. Moon Knight was first seen in different comic book stories as a secondary character written by Doug Moench during the 70s. Take note that Moench also worked on Batman comic books before, and that means that a good part of Moon Knight was inspired by the caped crusader from DC.
That said, Moon Knight was included as a secondary character in different Marvel comic books that were released during the 70s up to the end of the 80s. All of his appearances are collected in the different volumes of the Moon Knight Omnibus, which is a compilation of the comic books wherein Moon Knight appeared before he got his own series. You can start with the Moon Knight Omnibus to get to know more about the character’s early appearances in Marvel comic books.
Moon Knight Reading Order: The Complete Guide
Now that you know that it is best to start out with the Moon Knight Omnibus, which is a collection of the different comic book issues that Moon Knight appeared in, let’s look at the correct reading order of the entire Moon Knight comic book series.
The Early Beginnings
Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench, who became prominent when he worked on Batman prior to working with Marvel. He introduced Moon Knight in Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975 but as an antagonistic character that hunted the werewolf protagonist in this comic book issue. After that, he was reintroduced as a more heroic figure in different titles but was a secondary character that only made guest appearances.
After making several guest appearances as a secondary character, Marc Spector finally received his own series that lasted a total of 38 issues. This ran during the 80s before the character was once again relaunched as Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu in 1985.
All of these stories can be found in the different comic books included in the two volumes of the Moon Knight Omnibus. Here are the issues included in the collection:
Moon Knight Omnibus Vol. 1
- Werewolf by Night (1972) #32-33
- Marvel Spotlight (1971) #28-29
- Defenders (11972) #47-50
- Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #22-23
- Marvel Two-in-One (1974) #52
- Moon Knight (1980) #1-20
- Marvel Team-Up Annual (1976) #4
- Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #220
- Defenders (1972) #51
- Hulk Magazine (1978) #11-15, #17-18, #20
- Marvel Preview (1975) #21
Moon Knight Omnibus Vol. 2
- Collects Moon Knight (1980) #21-38
- Iron Man (1968) #161
- Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #87
- Marvel Team-Up (1972) #144
- Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu (1985) #1-6
- Marvel Fanfare (1982) #30
- Solo Avengers (1987) #3
- Marvel Fanfare (1982) #38-39
- Marvel Super-Heroes (1990) #1
After Moon Knight appeared in Marvel Fanfare #38, he eventually joined the West Coast Avengers in issue #21. However, he didn’t stay too long with the team because he needed to go solo because of something that was connected to Khonshu. All of these stories can be found in the West Coast Avengers Omnibus Vol. 2.
Moon Knight left the West Coast Avengers after a brief run with that team of superheroes, but he ended up becoming the star of his own series when he went solo for good. This is the longest-running comic book series in the history of Moon Knight because it lasted for around five years and has a total of 60 issues published.
The new Moon Knight series was given the title Marc Spector: Moon Knight. However, this series was largely unresolved because the original director had to leave the series after the 24th issue. As such, it wasn’t the best Moon Knight series, even though it lasted a total of 60 issues, which is an impressive number.
In 1994, the series ended when Marc Spector died at the hands of Seth the Immortal. He sacrificed himself to defeat the villain, and his body was recovered and buried by his allies. This happened during the 60th issue of the Marc Spector comic book series that ran from 1989 to 1995.
But the problem is that there is no collection for the Marc Spector: Moon Knight series. The entire storyline isn’t even available on digital. As such, you have to search through the darkest corners of the internet to find all 60 issues of Marc Spector: Moon Knight, but the issues might cost a lot, especially if they were kept in mint condition by a collector.
Of course, during the solo run by Marc Spector, he still appeared in a few crossover and tie-in events with the other Marvel superheroes. Only these tie-in issues were reprinted. These tie-ins included:
- Acts of Vengeance: Crossovers Omnibus #8-10
- Infinity War Omnibus #41-44
- Infinity Crusade Omnibus #57
- Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Round Robin (1991)
- Marvel Knights (2000) #1-15
The Return of Moon Knight
After Moon Knight’s solo run from 1989 to 1994, the character was mostly a secondary player in the different crossovers and tie-in issues that were released during the 90s up to the early part of the 2000s. There wasn’t a Moon Knight issue dedicated entirely to the character. The director of the original series leaving the project midway might have affected the character’s popularity, but he still ended up receiving his own series during the middle portion of the 2000s.
This time, Moon Knight returned as a more vengeful vigilante under the direction of Charlie Huston. The new Moon Knight was portrayed to be a more brutal and violent type of hero compared to the sympathetic version of the character written during the Marc Spector: Moon Knight series. And this was a good run that allowed readers to see a different side to the character, and that only made Moon Knight more unique compared to the other Marvel heroes. The series ran for three years, from 2006 to 2009.
You can find this revamped Moon Knight in Moon Knight volumes 1 to 5, which include the following issues:
- Moon Knight (2006) #1–6 (Vol. 1)
- Moon Knight (2006) #7–13 (Vol. 2)
- Moon Knight Annual #1 (Vol. 2)
- Moon Knight (2006) #14–20 (Vol. 3)
- Moon Knight (2006) #21–25 (Vol. 4)
- Moon Knight: Silent Knight #1 (Vol. 4)
- Moon Knight (2006) #26–30 (Vol. 5)
Before reading volume 2 or before going from issues 6 to 7, it is best to read Civil War issues #7-10 because Moon Knight appears in those issues. However, he was largely unaffected by the effects of the Superhuman Registration Act.
Moon Knight, the Hero
After the three-year run that Moon Knight had under Charlie Huston, he returned for a new comic book series under Gregg Hurwitz. He is now back in New York. This time, however, he is looking to become more of a hero than an antihero because he wants to make up for his brutal and somewhat questionable actions in the past events involving the character. The series is called Vengeance of the Moon Knight.
- Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1–6 (Vol. 1)
- Vengeance of the Moon Knight #7–10 (Vol. 2)
Moon Knight teamed up with other superheroes like Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Iron Fist in a fight against Daredevil when the character began to display a change in his personality and when he used methods that were more extreme than before. This happened during the Shadowland event.
- Shadowland: Moon Knight #1–3 and Moon Knight #13 (Shadowland: Moon Knight)
During the 2010s and after the final issue of Vengeance of the Moon Knight, Moon Knight joined the Secret Avengers. After that, he went on to work with the Heroes for Hire and ended up in 12 issues of that comic book series. Here are the comic books you need to read from that time in Moon Knight’s history.
- Secret Avengers, Vol. 1: Mission to Mars
- Secret Avengers, Vol. 2: Eyes of the Dragon
- Heroes for Hire by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection
- Avengers by Brian M. Bendis Vol. 2
- Fear Itself: Secret Avengers
- Onslaught Unleashed
- Secret Avengers, Vol. 3: Run the Mission, Don’t Get Seen, Save the World
Moving to LA
After the events of Vengeance of Moon Knight, Marc Spector moved to Los Angeles, where his multiple personalities and identities took on different jobs in Hollywood. And there were identities that actually imitated the likes of Spider-Man and Captain America when he moved to LA.
This new series was headed by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, who wrote some issues on Daredevil’s character. However, this run that they had with Moon Knight wasn’t entirely popular but is still part of the character’s history.
The series is called Moon Knight by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev, and they are compiled in different volumes.
- Moon Knight Vol. 4 #1–7 (Vol. 1)
- Moon Knight Vol. 4 #8–12 (Vol. 2)
The reason why the series starts at Vol. 4 is that this part of Moon Knight’s history is still connected to the previous ones. Alternatively, you can read the series in a collection called Moon Knight by Bendis & Maleev: The Complete Collection.
Of course, there were also tie-ins in this part of Moon Knight’s history, and that’s why he can be seen in other comic book issues involving other superheroes. You can see Moon Knight in the following comic book titles:
- Daken: Dark Wolverine #13-19. Titled “The Pride Comes Before the Fall.
- Point One #1
- Original Sin #0-8
- Original Sins #1-5
Relaunched Moon Knight
There was a point in time when Marvel relaunched some comic book titles from 2012 to 2015 during the Marvel NOW! era. This was probably done during the increasing popularity of Marvel due to the rise of the MCU films. And Moon Knight was one of the titles that were launched during this era.
The relaunched version of Moon Knight features Warren Ellis as the head of the issues written about the character during this era. His version of Marc Spector is back in New York and has two different personas called Moon Knight and Mr. Knight.
These comic books are in a collection called Moon Knight, which has three volumes.
- Moon Knight (2014) #1–6 (Vol. 1: From the Dead)
- Moon Knight (2014) #7–12 (Vol. 2: Dead Will Rise)
- Moon Knight (2014) #13–17 (Vol. 3: In The Night)
The Second Relaunch
Moon Knight was once again relaunched in 2016. This time, it was called All All-New, All-Different Moon Knight, a series created by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood. The series lasted until 2017 and is more about Marc Spector’s psychological state.
The series follows Spector waking up in an insane asylum and having no powers whatsoever. On top of that, he also has a history of medical records related to his mental state. This makes us question which one is real and which one is just his imagination, as we get to peek into the mind of Marc Spector and his personal experiences in trying to find out whether or not everything he had experienced in the past was just simply due to his mental disorder.
- Moon Knight (2016) #1–5 (Vol. 1: Lunatic)
- Moon Knight (2016) #6–9 (Vol. 2: Reincarnations)
- Moon Knight Vol. 1 #2 (Vol. 2: Reincarnations)
- Moon Knight (2016) #10–14 (Vol. 3: Birth and Death)
Marvel Comics saw a fair share of relaunches during the middle to the latter portion of the 2010s, and that’s why they decided to return to their roots with a new era called Legacy. As such, there was a new Moon Knight series that was written by Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows during this era, as they used the same old numeration that follows the events of the previous Moon Knight stories.
The writers also decided to return to the old Moon Knight status quo instead of introducing new and confusing elements. That means that he went back to his old vigilante ways while maintaining the same relationship he has with Khonshu. This was made probably because this era is a legacy era that should be about the older heroes instead of the newer ones.
- Moon Knight #188–193 (Vol. 1)
- Moon Knight #194–200 (Vol. 2)
Of course, Moon Knight also had a few tie-ins with other superheroes and characters during this era. This included the following:
- Doctor Strange: Damnation #1-4
The Latest Relaunch
After the Legacy period, Moon Knight was once again relaunched, and this is the latest era in the Moon Knight history of comic books. This relaunched also marked the return of several other notable heroes, such as Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, and Bruce Banner. During this time, Moon Knight didn’t have a series, but he ended up working with other characters in their own comic book stories. Eventually, Moon Knight did indeed receive a new series that is still ongoing today.
This story follows the Punisher in his war with Baron Zemo. Meanwhile, he recruited Moon Knight to fight Zemo’s own forces.
- Punisher (2018) #12-16
Acts of Evil, wherein Moon Knight battled Kang the Conqueror, includes:
- Deadpool Annual (2019) #1
- Ghost-Spider Annual (2019) #1
- Moon Knight Annual (2019) #1
- Ms. Marvel Annual (2019) #1
- Punisher Annual (2019) #1
- She-Hulk Annual (2019) #1
- Venom Annual (2019) #1
- Wolverine Annual (2019) #1
Meanwhile, in Contagion, Moon Knight helps some heroes in their battle against a dangerous and mysterious contagion that’s taking over New York City.
- Contagion #1-5.
In Conan: Serpent War, Moon Knight helps Conan the Barbarian fight off the serpent god Set, who wanted to usher in a period of darkness. The other warriors chosen to fight the god are Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane
- Serpent War (2019) #1-4
After that, Moon Knight appears in Avengers by Jason Aaron Vol. 7: The Age of Khonshu. He specifically appears in issues #31-37.
Today, Moon Knight has an ongoing series written by Jed MacKay. The latest issue is #6, and that means that it might take a while before the series concludes.