A great new Image comic written by Brian Azzarello and drawn & coloured by Eduardo Risso comes out in two weeks. You might recognize those names from a little work they did for Vertigo a while back – the legendary, multiple-award-winning 100 Bullets. Not satisfied with defining a genre for a decade, these two Crime Boys are back with Moonshine, a comic that should interest fans of werewolves, backwoods hooch and pinstriped suits.
Set 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. What Lou doesn’t figure on is that Holt is just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day… or better still, the light of the full moon.
Moonshine #1 hits shelves on October 5th, but there’s already a glowing review from Benjamin Bailey on Nerdist:
The setup of Moonshine is a crossover of two genres. On one hand, you have a prohibition-era gangster tale and on the other. you have a werewolf horror story. Set in backwoods of West Virginia, Moonshine captures the creepiness of a backwards small town perfectly. The story feels small and intimate, but the landscape is vast and the lore is even bigger. By the end of this first issue, you’ll be hooked into this world hard. Nothing is what it seems and death is awaiting around every corner.
I’m sold! Thanks to TallyDude on Twitter for the heads-up. You can read the first four pages of Moonshine #1 below.