I've been to Los Angeles on numerous occasions and I've never liked it there so I have a predisposition against the place, but the city does have a rich crime history and a crazy, diverse character that, with the right writer, could really work for a gritty, dark hero like Moon Knight. MK left the WCA primarily over the fact that Khonshu had compelled him to join the team and he no longer trusted his reasons for being there. This time around, he's fully aware of the choice he's making and he's got a good reason to be there with all the villains moving west.
I also agree that Moon Knight needs his own playground. As much as I love the place and as good a fit as it is for Moon Knight, New York City is rupturing superheroes. If MK is going to move up from being a guy who only handles street-level crooks to a guy who takes down B and C-list super villains on a regular basis, another city with a smaller hero-to-villain ratio is a good place for him. Sure, it could have been Chicago or Miami or Philadelphia but, aside from the X-Men, I'm not aware of many Marvel books taking place on the west coast and L.A. is such a huge city it makes sense for some hero to step in to protect it so why not Moon Knight?
I'm over it. I actually think L.A. has the potential to work out really well for MK so I'm going to reserve my groans of disapproval for the superhero jukebox.
That said, I hope Marc goes back to using the Steven Grant persona for his producer personality just because it seems like Grant would fit that role well. I also think I know who the secret L.A. crime boss character might be.
My guess is Leland Owsley aka The Owl. Bendis said the guy would be somebody readers know but not a huge name or some D-lister pulled from obscurity. He also said it's a guy he's written before. The Owl played an important role in Daredevil but he's not a huge name, he's got a history as a criminal mastermind and he's not some random dude pulled from a single appearance in a storyline nobody remembers.
I hope it is The Owl because I like the guy and I think he'd make a good foil for Moon Knight what with the whole night creature thing.
: seriously, wolverine and spider-man are
: already in 20 other titles, they don't need
: to be inside my favorite character too.
: this gimmick is to sell more books, not
: improve MK. i'll give this a chance to see
: the artwork from Maleev, but i really can't
: stand what i've heard so far about throwing
: MK on the West Coast, Marc made his feelings
: clear about California when he left West
: Coast Avengers. copying and incorporating
: other superheroes into his multiple
: personas? MK has a fighting style and
: methodology that has work for 30 plus years,
: and Bendis is treading on it w/ abandon...
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: I REALLY don't like the idea of Moon Knight
: dressing up as other super heroes. His own
: costume is great. Why change it?
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: Moon Knight fighting as Spider-Man or
: Wolverine...?????!!!??? WTF?! I have enjoyed
: many of the books that Bendis has worked on,
: but I am already horrified at what it
: appears he has in mind for MK!
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: "As for the character’s supporting
: Bendis says this is an opportunity to expand
: the circle of characters around his lead.
: Bendis is holding off on committing to any
: immediate appearances by longtime love
: interest Marlene and friend/confidante
: Frenchie. “Even poor Peter Parker has had 10
: girlfriends while this guy has had the same
: best friend and girlfriend for 30 years.”
: So.....for a character some don't even
: believe is heroic or moral enough.....
: continually trying to be in a monogamous,
: loving relationship for a long period of
: time - which is a far cry from many Marvel
: characters - is a big minus?
: Earth to Bendis...
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