Marvel Fanfare #38

marvel_fanfare_vol_1_38There are two stories in this one.  In the first, Moon Knight has to rescue some missing children and another has Rogue and Dazzler taking down some thugs who interrupt a nightclub show.  Both of these stories have to do with rock/pop singers, and both have creative teams that are primarily made of women.

Jo Duffy writes the first one with pencils by Judth Hunt and inks by Bill Sienkewicz.  Like I said, it’s a Moon Knight story and in this, children have been going missing, there are old women who insist they shouldn’t be old, and this Menudo-like band called Podunk Slam that has a magical totem that basically helps them steal the youth from their fans.  In the end, Moon Knight figures it out and the band winds up returning to their old man selves.

In the other story, once again written by Jo Duffy but with art by Colleen Doran, a band is playing at Dazzler’s nightclub, some thugs break in and try to hold the band hostage.  Both Dazzler and Rogue take them down.

The art in both is outstanding, although Sienkewicz has very heavy inks, something I wouldn’t have known had I not seen them on Jim Aparo later in the 1990s (which was a decent combination).  Moon Knight reads almost as a Batman story with some spiritual elements added in, and while the boy band angle seems silly on its surface, Duffy writes it well and even has a little fun with it, putting our hero at one of Podunk Slam’s concerts and having him be the “old guy in the room full of screaming teenagers.”  In the end, there’s the revelation that it’s not the band that’s bad, but their manager, who is also using the totem to control their fans’ minds and he has the fans literally attack Moon Knight.  The band sacrifices their youth for the greater good.

The second story is a little lighter and while Duffy writes it well, I was so dazzled by Colleen Doran’s artwork that I didn’t pay much attention to dialogue.  I’ve enjoyed Doran’s work for quite a while, so this was really cool to see as were the pinups in the back of the book.  That artwork alone was worth the fifty cents I paid.

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