Moon Knight villain Zodiac thinks Americans make the best supervillains

Moon Knight #19 art
Moon Knight #19 art (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Moon Knight isn't battling the supervillain Zodiac right now. The character, who was introduced in the 2008-2009 Dark Reign storyline, is locked up in a prison and receiving counseling while Moon Knight and his fellow Fist of Khonshu, the recently resurrected Hunter's Moon, ride the NYC subway system (without paying the fare) and debate whether they're really immortal or not.

But the still-mysterious (and masked) Zodiac gets the bulk of the attention of this preview of January 11's Moon Knight #19 by writer Jed Mackay, artist Federico Sabbatini, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Cory Petit.

Zodiac is from the nihilistic wing of the supervillain party, as opposed to the twisted nobility brand led by characters like Doctor Doom, Magneto, and Thanos. And he has particularly harsh words for Doom, who he calls "so Euro ... so practiced ... so passe."

In fact, he argues the European heritage of Victor Von Doom is what holds him back because he believes super-villainy is something Americans do better than anyone.

Lamenting being "beaten" by the Japanese in two original American art forms, jazz and comics books (the latter being an interesting opinion expressed in an American comic book), Zodiac argues there is a "broad stream of psychopathy in the American character" that lends itself to super-villainy.

If that sort of twist comics shop talk is your cup of tea, Zodiac might be your kind of supervillain, and Moon Knight #19 your kind of (American!) comic book. 

Check out the preview:

Moon Knight #19 goes on sale January 11.

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