When I read the premise of Moonshine Issue #1 by Brian Azzarello, I was entranced by Eduardo Risso’s artwork, throwing it back to older comic books. A prohibition story that takes place between New York and West Virginia, while one mob boss tries to form an alliance with an equivalent? Intriguing indeed.
From Image Comics, “[s]et during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, MOONSHINE #1 tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt.”
Despite the traditional storyline of gangster stories and themes, this issue surprised me quite a bit. The beginning which seems like a flashback is not (consider film noirs or The Unusual Suspects and City of God). On the other hand, we normally do not see mob members outside their jurisdiction: Joe travels to Appalachia. Yes, in films such as The Godfather, Casino, and Goodfellas there’s quite a bit of traveling – but to environments so out of their element? I think not. At least with no “back-up.”
From Risso’s past work, this art style is nothing new to him, however I wouldn’t be surprised if he looked at old comics for inspiration. On the other hand, legendary artist Frank Miller designed this issue’s variant cover.
Moonshine #1 is a longer issue, reaching to thirty-two (32) pages in PDF [digital] form. This comic is for older teens to young adult between the violence and vulgar language.
This issue is available for purchase at Image Comics‘ website or at your local comic book store.
Moonshine #2 will hit shelves on Wednesday, November 16th and Issue #3 on Wednesday, December 14th.
Full Disclosure: The reviewer received a copy of the comic for review.