Marvel announces a fan-favorite MCU character is making their comics debut in Moon Knight #25 before then returning for a Moon Knight limited series.
Layla El-Faouly was undoubtebly one of the stand out characters in Disney+’s Moon Knight series and now the character played by May Calamawy on the small screen will make the transition to the comic books in Moon Knight #25. Written by Jed Mackay, with art by Alessandro Cappuccio, Alessandro Vitti, Steve Mcniven and Partha Pratim, the anninversary issue will also feature a story by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Revealed by IGN, The publisher teased, “The past comes back to bedevil Moon Knight as he pursues his latest enemy, someone once familiar and new. From grim New York nights to the blazing sun of Alexandria days, Moon Knight hunts for answers among the graves of Hart Island while haunted by the last mission of the Karnak Cowboys, a mercenary crew counting among its members Marc Spector, Jean-Paul Duchamp, Robert Plesko… and the official comic book debut of Layla El-Faouly!”
“Working on Moon Knight #25 was a bit of a mammoth task – 70 pages of story, cutting between three stories, each with their own artist!” Jed MacKay tells IGN. “It was a really exciting opportunity to have that much space to work in, telling a Moon Knight story in a longer form than we’re usually used to.” MacKay continues, “Bringing Layla El-Faouly into our story was exciting. 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. It was an idea that we both came to independently, and the way our stories were able to dovetail is something that I’m looking forward to people experiencing. While the Scarlet Scarab will indeed be turning up in Moon Knight: 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.”
“Drawing equal parts inspiration from Inception and Taken, I’m thrilled to be tackling one of my all-time favorite Marvel characters in Moon Knight: City of the Dead,” says Pepose. “Teaming up with sensational artist Marcelo Ferriera, we’re sending Marc Spector on one of his most mind-bending adventures to date — rescuing a young runaway’s soul from the City of the Dead. Yet as a mercenary and as a hero, Moon Knight has been no stranger to leaving a body count… so he might see some familiar faces looking for payback!”
Pepose adds, “But Marc won’t be embarking on this mission alone — I couldn’t be more excited to be writing Layla El-Faouly’s debut as the all-new Scarlet Scarab! Layla has been such a fun character to adapt — she knows Marc better than almost anyone, and that tension is going to spark some spectacular fireworks on this otherworldly adventure. From diehard Moon Knight readers to fans of the Disney+ show, we’re going to have something for everyone in this series, as the Fist of Khonshu is pushed to his absolute limits in Moon Knight: City of the Dead!”