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"Moonshine #23" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Brian Azzarello
Illustrated by Eduardo Risso
Lettered by Jared K. Fletcher
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 24th, 2021

Review:

Lou heads back to New York City, but he's not alone. After Joe the Boss sent him out to the boonies to make a deal with a moonshiner, Lou has been put through the wringer. Oh, he's also a werewolf now. Probably should have led with that. Literally haunted by the ghosts of those he's murdered, Lou struggles to keep the monster in check as he returns to a city he doesn't recognize anymore.

No one does multi-character stories like writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso. This isn't surprising after their stellar work on 100 Bullets. Moonshine works on a number of levels: Lou's story about becoming a werewolf would have been interesting enough on its own, but we also have Tempest, the woman who changed him in the first place, hitting the city at the same time. She's angling to take over Joe's operation by using her feminine wiles. Plus, the moonshiner is kept under lock and key by Joe and the cops are starting to piece together the grisly murders that have been left in the wake of these lycanthropes. It all comes together beautifully.

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There's a smoothness to Moonshine. It flows with ease, moving from one scene to the next, how I imagine a good drink is supposed to taste. (I wouldn't know because I think alcohol tastes icky.) This is the kind of book where you breeze through and get startled by the final page. What do you mean that's the end? I just started this. Yet, there's plenty of story to dig into.

Risso's artwork is absolutely amazing. His use of shadows is unparalleled, effortlessly creating a moody atmosphere in moments. This also lets our minds play tricks on us as Risso can put in some subtle things in silhouette instead of showing it in detail. For example, we see Tempest standing naked near a lake in the opening pages. The first page has shadows from the trees angling up her body like sick scratches. The next shot is a reverse, showing her from behind. Those shadows are there too, but we see her hands curled up like claws. She's on the hunt.

When the werewolf finally does make its appearance, it knocks the entire page askew. The panels are thrown into wild angles as the blood starts flowing. Unsurprisingly, red becomes a prominent color here, showing the danger this unsuspecting couple suddenly finds themselves in.

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Later on, Tempest takes the stage, singing a tune at Joe's club. Letterer Jared K. Fletcher weaves her lyrics around shots from her mind, showing the people watching her torn to shreds. It's a great contrast that shows just how far she's willing to go to get what she wants.

Moonshine begins its new arc with a bang. This series has net lost any steam as the story rockets forward. We've seen the werewolves out in the mountains and all the carnage they caused out there. Now imagine what they can do in New York City. That's a chilling thought and clearly, no one is safe.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Buy from Amazon US.
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Buy from Amazon UK.
Art: fourstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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