Marc Spector may have escaped the asylum, but another person will pay the cost as his longtime friend Frenchie is cut down by another of agent of Seth. Back in New York with Marlene, who has either contracted Marc’s same illness or has begun to see behind the veil of Seth’s manipulations, the pair run into the most unexpected adversary of all to set up next month’s conclusion of the comic’s opening arc.
While shocking to longtime fans, Frenchie’s death does raise the stakes of Spector’s current predicament as well as take away another key resource to help keep Moon Knight grounded and reign him in when necessary. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Marlene now as she could be the last anchor point for Marc outside of Khonshu’s influence. Killing her would leave Marc untethered leading the comic into several possible stories involving Marc’s inability to differentiate visions and reality. Or does writer Jeff Lemire plan to increase the woman’s importance by having Marlene step into Frenchie’s shoes as more of Margo Lane type sidekick for all the crazy action yet to come? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Worth a look.