Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art, Colours, Cover: Eduardo Risso
Colour Assistant: Cristian Rossi
Lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
Alternate cover: Jock
In issue #2 of Moonshine, Mr. Lou Pirlo, sent to a remote area of Virginia to purchase some moonshine on behalf of a mob boss, is questioned by the police about a man who was found not only murdered but horribly disfigured. However, the victim is a poor African-American (although this is not exactly the word that is used in the story), and the whole thing is set in 1929, so the police don’t seem willing to trouble a clearly well-to-do man from New York City.
Then, some of the sons of Hiram Holt – the moonshine distiller who has been playing hardball – meet up with Pirlo to agree a trade, without their father knowing. One of them, Tucker, is attacked by a huge werewolf to whom he talks as if he was family – until the werewolf eats half of his face. Pirlo runs, falls in a river and is found by some children.
Issue #3 opens with Pirlo still running from the werewolf – but it’s all a nightmare. He wakes up in a hut, looked after by Delia, a young, beautiful but somehow scary black woman.
Brian Azzarello’s latest miniseries (although we don’t know how many more issues await us) is extremely interesting, with the supernatural element crawling underneath the surface – if we exclude the big werewolf scene, that is: it’s not underneath any surface there. Even ignoring that, it’s a great old school noir story, with mobsters, violent hillbillies, and an incompetent or uninterested police force.
The art is extremely dark, not as much in colour tone but in its shapes, its angles, in the way the human figure is depicted. A lot is suggested more than shown.
Moonshine is a really interesting series, one that may even be adding something new to comics – we’ll see how it goes on. Meanwhile, tuck in!