Here at Multiversity, we like to celebrate our Jewishness from time to time. Let’s face it – we don’t get to do it very often! But when we do, we might as well go all out, right? So for the Eight Nights of Hanukkah, we are going to present to you a Jewish super hero or villain that we greatly appreciate here at Multiversity Comics.
For the third night, we’ve picked: Moon Knight!
When people think of Moon Knight, his Judaism is probably the last thing anybody ever thinks of. Heck, I bet a lot of people haven’t really been paying attention to Moon Knight in general – but they will. The character had been a loner for a good time, but now finds himself on the Secret Avengers, a member of Heroes For Hire, and even as a player in Shadowland. And what’s the most prevalent aspect of his life in the comics? Why, it’s his role as avatar to Khonshu, the Egyptian God! Which, honestly, is about as far away from Judaism as you can get.
However, one can not forget that Mr. Spector here is still a Jew by our standards, whether he likes it or not. Joe Quesada has even named Marc Spector as one of the top Jews in the Marvel U before, and Spector’s father was also a rabbi. While Moon Knight probably won’t be lighting a menorah tonight, we still consider him a Jew at the end of the day and, as an additional note, we CAN’T wait for the new Moon Knight series with Bendis and Maleev. Here’s to hoping that Bendis inserts a little bit of Judaism back into Marc’s story.
For some Moon Knight adventures, be sure to check out his 2006 series starting with Charlie Huston and David Finch’s run, as well as the most recent Vengeance of the Moon Knight series by Greg Hurwitz. He can also be seen in this week’s Heroes For Hire #1, as well as Secret Avengers by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato.