Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art, Colours, Cover: Eduardo Risso
Colour Assistant: Cristian Rossi
Lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
Alternate cover: Lee Bermejo
Issue #3 of Moonshine saw Lou Pirlo, who has been sent by the mob to a small village in Virginia to deal with Hiram Holt, a brilliant but unpleasant moonshine distiller, being joined by a bunch of other men sent by the Boss. Pirlo is not exactly happy, so he decides to just leave town. But he’s stopped by two of the distiller’s men, who bring him to a field where there seems to be a funeral going on. Pirlo is beaten up and nearly killed for having caused the death of Tucker, one of Hiram’s sons, but is saved by Holt senior himself, who wants to question him. And Pirlo tells him that Tucker had in mind to deal with the mob himself, excluding his father from the business. After the funeral, another of Holt’s sons forces an enormous quantity of moonshine down Pirlo’s throat, thus getting him incredibly drunk. When he wakes up, he finds himself surrounded by corpses – mostly belonging to the mob men who had been sent to join him.
Issue #4 opens showing us the detail of what happened. Some corpses have been killed by gunshot, but others seem to have been ripped in half. Mrs. Holt appears with a shotgun, ordering Pirlo to leave immediately. On foot. Across the woods.
The main theme of Moonshine seems to be darkness. The darkness in people’s souls and at the same time the deep darkness of the night, especially for a man like Lou who spent all his life in the bright lights of New York City. There is something supernatural (we have seen a werewolf in action in issues #2 and #3), but mostly this is a story of men and women who have chosen a certain life, far from legality and the metaphorical “light of day” of a honest job.
The art especially transmits this darkness, not only in the colours and the rough lines but even in the disposition on the page, where everything seems in a way “thrown there”. Pages carefully crafted to suggest carelessness.
Moonshine is a miniseries that does not end with this issue #4 (we don’t know how many more issues there will be, but we’ll probably get to 6), and a good one it is; do yourself a favour and read it. From the start.