Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art, Colours, Cover: Eduardo Risso
Colour Assistant: Cristian Rossi
Lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
Alternate cover: Dave Johnson
In issue #1 of Moonshine, the new series by the award-winning creative team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (2001 Eisner Award), we travelled to 1929 West Virginia where, during the Prohibition Era, a group of feds were killed by some bootleggers – or at least so it seemed. We also meet a Mr. Pirlo who was sent by a mob boss from New York City to deal with some hillbillies about the moonshine they produce. The leader of the group of moonshiners, Hiram Holt, is called to where the feds were murdered, clearly by his own men. As Pirlo drives home after sunset, a flat tyre forces him to ask for hospitality to a group of African-Americans who seem to be having some kind of party.
Issue #2 opens on a group of children hunting turtles for food in some swampy area, until one of them finds a dead body in terrible conditions. We then cut to Pirlo (whose first name is Lou) asleep in his car, clearly drunk.
The story becomes more and more complex and interesting (and before the end of the issue we’ll have a… surprise), and Risso’s art becomes even more aggressive than it was in issue #1. Moonshine adds something to the image of the 1920s we all have – at least from films or such – not only showing us Pirlo’s personal experiences but also with the interesting events that surround him, the society of those years and especially the relations between people of different races.
Moonshine goes up a gear in this second issue; clearly there is still much to say about those characters, but already Brian Azzarello throws a lot of stuff on the plate; in order to follow this series properly you’ll need to read issue #1, but… well, do.