J’s Halloween Hall of Fame: Moonshine

This time on the Halloween Hall of Fame is a comic book called Moonshine.   It’s about werewolves, gangsters and is set in America during the 1920’s Prohibition era. I was sold just on the cover of Issue #1.  I didn’t even know what this book was about when I bought it.  I just saw silhouettes of guys in suits, fedoras, holding tommy guns and I was all in!  I just thought I was going to get me some cool gangster Capone/Untouchables type of story. The whole Werewolf thing came as a shocking surprise to me!

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Moonshine is a comic book published by Image Comics that originally came out as 6 individual issues in late 2016 thru early 2017 but as of May 2017 is now out in a collected edition Trade Paperback.  It was masterfully penned Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Hellblazer, Wonder Woman) with stunning pictures by longtime Argentine comic artist Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets, Logan, Before Watchmen).  

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Moonshine follows an up and coming New York gangster named “Handsome” Lou Pirlo who all his life has just been the eye candy.  When the boss finally gives him a chance to prove he’s not just a pretty face, Lou takes his one chance very seriously.  Lou’s  job is to go and convince a creepy Hillbilly family living deep in the West Virginia wilderness that makes some of the best moonshine ever created to start selling to their organization.  This is the Prohibition time remember and real good hooch is hard to come by.  Lou thinks his new task is a cake walk and struts on over to the sticks thinking it’s a done deal.  But he’s met with some unexpected resistance.  There’s turmoil going on, family betrayals, underhanded backdoor deals and oh yeah there’s that werewolf running around.

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From page 1 I was instantly immersed in the 1920’s.  And that’s what I love about any period piece I read or watch.  Like I said in my review of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire Vol. 1, I like it when the writers try and stay in the times in which they are writing in.  I don’t want to hear modern slang or contemporary music in period books or movies.  When I do, it completely ruins everything for me.  Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso do a really good job keeping this book straight and true.  The story itself is fantastic and would have been intriguing enough without the horror spin to it.  But that element is there and it’s woven in seamlessly without seeming out of place or forced.  If you want to curl up next to a big roaring bag of candy corn this scary season then consider Moonshine.  It’s a new book with a familiar setting that’s done exceptionally well.

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