MOON KNIGHT Superhero Scarlet Scarab Set To Make Her Marvel Comics Debut This July In New Series

MOON KNIGHT Superhero Scarlet Scarab Set To Make Her Marvel Comics Debut This July In New Series

Scarlet Scarab made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in last year's Moon Knight TV series, but the character is making the leap to the comic books in July as part of Moon Knight: City of the Dead.

By JoshWilding - Apr 20, 2023 04:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Comics

This July, writer Jed MacKay will deliver an oversized anniversary issue of Moon Knight with issue #25. Featuring art from an all-star line-up including Alessandro Cappuccio, Alessandro Vitti, and Partha Pratim, it will see the unhinged hero's past and present collide in an epic new adventure. 

On the hunt for his latest enemy, Moon Knight hunts for answers among the graves of Hart Island while haunted by the last mission of the Karnak Cowboys, a mercenary crew that counts Marc Spector, Jean-Paul Duchamp, Robert Plesko, and Layla El-Faouly among its members. The latter is making her comic book debut after first appearing in the Moon Knight TV series last year where she was played by May Calamawy.

The issue will also include a classic Moon Knight story from the past by legendary comic writer Doug Moench and Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

Following the events of Moon Knight #25, writer David Pepose and artist Marcelo Ferreira will launch Moon Knight: City of the Dead featuring Layla's superhero debut as the all-new Scarlet Scarab. 

When a young runaway is attacked by a gang of death cultists, he is left barely alive outside the Midnight Mission. But Marc Spector made a vow long ago to defend the travellers of the night, and as long as a spark of life remains, his mission isn’t over yet. We'll follow Moon Knight as the Fist of Khonshu journeys far beyond the land of the living and battles across the mind-bending underworld known as the City of the Dead. 

"Bringing Layla El-Faouly into our story was exciting," MacKay says. "Adding an already beloved character into the universe of the comics is a really interesting opportunity, and being able to show the 'before' to David and Marcelo's 'after' was a wonderful bit of synchronicity."

"While the Scarlet Scarab will indeed be turning up in City of the Dead, in Moon Knight #25 we're seeing a much younger Layla and a much younger Marc Spector as they embark on a mission as members of the crack mercenary team, the Karnak Cowboys."

Below, you can see Steve McNiven's Moon Knight #25 cover along with Rod Reis and Davi Go's City of the Dead covers.



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rebellion - 4/20/2023, 4:14 AM
mainstream comics are truly just promotional pamphlets these days. 1930s-2010s. RIP.
IvanBadski - 4/20/2023, 4:32 AM
ObserverIO - 4/20/2023, 5:49 AM
This is just one of the many reasons the Moon Knight series seemed like something that came from an era when Hollywood had no respect for comic book adaptations. I like to see things adapted not reworked. Especially if they've never been adapted before. But hey, that's just me, a genuine fan of the comics from reading the actual things and becoming a fan.

You could tell the writers of this show had never even read the original comics. Maybe MAYBE they skimmed through some of the recent ones and made up their own idea about what they thought was going on.

My investment is based on actually loving the actual source material, not from being a zombie who recognises the name of the brand and a few familiar elements. It's based on comics not toys, not a fashion label, comics, actual stories. Do the fans the courtesy of reading them before adapting them.
Origame - 4/20/2023, 6:30 AM
@ObserverIO - yeah. God forbid they actually follow the comics and make the mystical elements ambiguous or anything.

Also, it's so weird the current age of the mcu didn't jump at the chance to dive into Marc's Jewish heritage. His father being a rabbi who was a victim of a hate crime led to a domino effect to him becoming moon knight. But then again, when it came to adapting the Jewish part of a Jewish superhero, the showrunner "didn't care", while also calling out other films for not handling Egyptian culture right.
RitoRevolto - 4/20/2023, 7:10 AM
Cool. Hope we get more of her in the MCU too.
marvel72 - 4/20/2023, 7:26 AM
Of course she is.

DarkModeDan - 4/20/2023, 10:47 AM
I actually like her design. "Scarlet Scarab" is a perfect pulpy name too...but every time I hear "scarab" I can't help but think of Blue Beetle. 😅
Matchesz - 4/20/2023, 11:43 AM
So will she pose the bad guys to death? Will they also turn taskmaster into a girl in the comics as well?
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