Characters Appearing: Frenchie, Marlene Alraune, Moon Knight, Raoul Bushman
Moon Knight: Divided We Fall
Issue(s): Moon Knight: Divided We Fall
The story has Bushman brainwashing Moon Knight's friends Marlene and Frenchie, on behalf of a faction in the Soviet Union. The Soviets get assassins to kill Gorbachev and end Glasnost, and Bushman gets to torment Moon Knight.
The brainwashing is made easier by the fact that Frenchie gets into a fight with Moon Knight over the quality of their surveillance equipment, and Moon Knight subsequently gets snippy with Marlene because of the fight with Frenchie. So both Marlene and Frenchie are out on their own and easy to brainwash.
But Moon Knight figures out what's going on.
And stops the assassination and rescues his friends.
And learns the value of treating his companions like partners instead of minions.
And then a very quick wrap up.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This seems to take place before Bushman becomes the ruler of Burunda as seen in the first issue of the 1989 Moon Knight series. A narration caption at the beginning of this issue places the story in the "mid 1980s", but we have to avoid the period where Moon Knight was working as an overt agent of Khonshu, so i'm following the MCP in placing this between West Coast Avengers #41 and 1989's Moon Knight #1. The decision to set the story in the mid 1980s probably had more to do with the state of Soviet politics rather than anything continuity related.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
The "mid-1980s" caption is weird, since the president seems to be Papa Bush.
Posted by: Michael | January 12, 2016 10:55 PM
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