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THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE NEW ON-GOING SERIES From writer, BRIAN AZZARELLO and artist, EDUARDO RISSO -- the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets -- comes a brutal new series! 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 THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE NEW ON-GOING SERIES From writer, BRIAN AZZARELLO and artist, EDUARDO RISSO -- the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets -- comes a brutal new series! 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. Lou figures it for milk run -- how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn't figure on is that Holt is just as cunning as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his pin-striped head. 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. Volume one of MOONSHINE reunites the acclaimed creative team that defined modern crime comics with 100 Bullets...and now puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale! Collects Issues 1-6


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THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE NEW ON-GOING SERIES From writer, BRIAN AZZARELLO and artist, EDUARDO RISSO -- the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets -- comes a brutal new series! 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 THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE NEW ON-GOING SERIES From writer, BRIAN AZZARELLO and artist, EDUARDO RISSO -- the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets -- comes a brutal new series! 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. Lou figures it for milk run -- how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn't figure on is that Holt is just as cunning as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his pin-striped head. 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. Volume one of MOONSHINE reunites the acclaimed creative team that defined modern crime comics with 100 Bullets...and now puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale! Collects Issues 1-6

30 review for Moonshine, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Prohibition-era America and the mob grows rich bootlegging illegal hooch for the thirsty populace. Up in the Appalachian Mountains, Hiram Holt brews the best damn ‘shine in the States and Joe Masseira, mob boss of Noo Yawk, wants to sell it - but Holt ain’t interested. So Joe sends Lou Pirlo to convince him to do business with him… it’s eye-talian gangsters vs yee-hawin’ hillbillies in Moonshine! Also, werewolves. The 100 Bullets creative team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite for the Prohibition-era America and the mob grows rich bootlegging illegal hooch for the thirsty populace. Up in the Appalachian Mountains, Hiram Holt brews the best damn ‘shine in the States and Joe Masseira, mob boss of Noo Yawk, wants to sell it - but Holt ain’t interested. So Joe sends Lou Pirlo to convince him to do business with him… it’s eye-talian gangsters vs yee-hawin’ hillbillies in Moonshine! Also, werewolves. The 100 Bullets creative team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite for their first Image series and I’ll give them this: Moonshine was the first werewolf comic I’ve read that didn’t suck! But it’s also not that great either. The problem is that the core concept doesn’t bear much fruit. After some back and forth it comes down to criminals shooting criminals which isn’t a very imaginative development of the plot. The werewolf element turns out to be incidental, almost unnecessary, and seems to be there to act as a double entendre for the title rather than serve as a key component of the story. It doesn’t help either that the characters are all stereotypes. The mob guys are all Italian caricatures – everyone says “capiche” and one dude’s even called Fat Tony! - while the hillbillies are country ass country boys, black people are portrayed as magic and the werewolves are like werewolves you’ve seen anywhere else. Eduardo Risso’s art is as beautiful as it’s ever been: noirish, sharp, and vividly coloured. I enjoyed it as much as I have in other books but he’s not doing anything different or taking any chances with his style. Still, it’s solid, high quality work. Disappointingly, given the calibre of the creative team, Moonshine, Volume 1 was underwhelming. The art is great and it’s not badly written despite the lazy characterisation. I wouldn’t say I was gripped as the story felt a bit too thin and underwritten though I was interested enough to keep reading. There’s enough going on to keep you going and the story has potential, it just isn’t realised in this first book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    Damn fine noir, southern gothic, and supernatural horror, following mobsters and hillbillies in Prohibition-era Appalachia. And Azzarello strikes a great, uncanny balance between these elements. Eduardo Risso’s illustrations have a real masterful subtly to them, using bold silhouettes, white space, and lighting to incredible effect. It's like every other page could be a cover. Damn fine noir, southern gothic, and supernatural horror, following mobsters and hillbillies in Prohibition-era Appalachia. And Azzarello strikes a great, uncanny balance between these elements. Eduardo Risso’s illustrations have a real masterful subtly to them, using bold silhouettes, white space, and lighting to incredible effect. It's like every other page could be a cover.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Moonshine is a new comic by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, the creative team behind the classic Vertigo series 100 Bullets. And it's kind of a mess. The main problem with this comic is that it lacks focus. Is it a story about mobsters during prohibition era? A rural gothic about moonshiners? A supernatural story about werewolves and witches? A noir about an alcoholic dude who suffers from memory loss? A commentary on racism? It tries to be all of those things, and it doesn't succeed in any of Moonshine is a new comic by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, the creative team behind the classic Vertigo series 100 Bullets. And it's kind of a mess. The main problem with this comic is that it lacks focus. Is it a story about mobsters during prohibition era? A rural gothic about moonshiners? A supernatural story about werewolves and witches? A noir about an alcoholic dude who suffers from memory loss? A commentary on racism? It tries to be all of those things, and it doesn't succeed in any of them. The main character, Lou whatshisname, is a one-dimensional crook who is so boring that by the last issue, he's practically absent from the story. His mob gang from New York is no better, their stereotypical portrayal is so bad, one of them's actually called Fat Tony. Yep, like that guy from the Simpsons. The magic/werewolf story is just laughably ridiculous and feels out of place in an otherwise realistic setting. And then there are the moonshiners. This is actually the most promising storyline in the book, but just like the others, so far it doesn't really go anywhere. Risso's art looks pretty unremarkable, especially compared to his and Paul Dini's recent success, Dark Night: A True Batman Story, which was beautiful. In Moonshine, it's probably the color palette, which is mostly drab yellows and browns. It is fitting for the setting, but not very exciting to look at, as you can imagine. Overall, Moonshine Volume 1 was a disappointment. Don't expect another 100 Bullets from this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Dont really know what I just read. The story just didnt know what it wanted to be, gangster or supernatural or mystery. I think this part ( also plot) was just too disjointed. The characters also werent overly interesting and the art seemed to make them all look too similar. Hopefully Vol 2 can rescue this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Not sure what I just read. The first issue seemed to be about a liquor deal during prohibition between a New York gangster and a hillbilly moonshiner. After that, the story went off the rails, and was extremely hard to follow. The artwork didn't help either. I don't think I'll continue this series. I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Not sure what I just read. The first issue seemed to be about a liquor deal during prohibition between a New York gangster and a hillbilly moonshiner. After that, the story went off the rails, and was extremely hard to follow. The artwork didn't help either. I don't think I'll continue this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A New York gangster (Handsome Lou) is sent to make a deal with a hillbilly (Hiram) who makes the best moonshine. Hiram wants no part of it and keeps trying to scare Lou off. At least once an issue Lou wakes up from a blackout drunk and doesn't know what happened the night before. More than once he wakes up with bodies all around him that have been ripped apart. That's where the werewolf part of the story comes in. Azzarello's characters are all lazy stereotyped mobsters and hillbillies. The story A New York gangster (Handsome Lou) is sent to make a deal with a hillbilly (Hiram) who makes the best moonshine. Hiram wants no part of it and keeps trying to scare Lou off. At least once an issue Lou wakes up from a blackout drunk and doesn't know what happened the night before. More than once he wakes up with bodies all around him that have been ripped apart. That's where the werewolf part of the story comes in. Azzarello's characters are all lazy stereotyped mobsters and hillbillies. The story is often muddled and I didn't really know why things were happening more than once. Really the only thing that kept me reading is Eduardo Risso's art. It's dark and moody and Risso is a master of using shadows. But honestly, the story was bad enough that I don't really much care what happens in the next volume. Received an advance copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    "Being from the city, one thing that hits you about the woods... it gets fucking dark." "Being from the city, one thing that hits you about the woods... it gets fucking dark."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

    Oh, Hell Yes!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aron

    I tried pretty hard to get into this, but just couldn't. It had a couple good moments, but for me to like a series I have to like at least one character, I didn't really like anyone in this book. I tried pretty hard to get into this, but just couldn't. It had a couple good moments, but for me to like a series I have to like at least one character, I didn't really like anyone in this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Lot of plot lines and very few resolutions. Will try book two to see where this hillbilly noir gangster mashup goes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    A Prohibition-era New York mob boss decides he wants a certain Appalachian moonshiner's product and sends an underling to make an offer the man can't refuse. Things get complicated when the moonshiner's clan turns out to be both hostile and lycanthropic. It's a great plot. What could have been a generic gangster-war story becomes something more. The supernatural element is nicely-understated and the protagonist is interesting. We see just enough of his history to make him an actual character (as A Prohibition-era New York mob boss decides he wants a certain Appalachian moonshiner's product and sends an underling to make an offer the man can't refuse. Things get complicated when the moonshiner's clan turns out to be both hostile and lycanthropic. It's a great plot. What could have been a generic gangster-war story becomes something more. The supernatural element is nicely-understated and the protagonist is interesting. We see just enough of his history to make him an actual character (as opposed to a mere point-of-view device). But a lot of promising plot threads (unexplained memory loss, repeated encounters with a poor black community, hints of witchcraft, a mysterious lawman) just sort of evaporate. I hope that's due to long term thinking rather than unfocused writing. I can't decide how I feel about Risso's illustration work. It's beautiful, and the colors and mood are perfect, but the action panels look oddly static and the extended, violent climax was far too muddled. There were times when I couldn't tell the suited mafia goons from the coveralled hillbilly goons. Which is absurd. Volume one is solid, and I'm looking forward to the next one, but I wanted and expected better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    3.5 Stars. This one is different to say the least. At its heart, we have a cool Prohibition era crime story. A New York gangster is sent down to Appalachia to recruit a local whiskey brewer for exclusive distribution of his product. When the whiskey maker doesn't agree to the deal, more muscle is sent down to persuade him. However, they never counted on werewolves, or witches for that matter. This one is set in 1929 and is almost like The Untouchables with the Supernatural thrown in. I read the en 3.5 Stars. This one is different to say the least. At its heart, we have a cool Prohibition era crime story. A New York gangster is sent down to Appalachia to recruit a local whiskey brewer for exclusive distribution of his product. When the whiskey maker doesn't agree to the deal, more muscle is sent down to persuade him. However, they never counted on werewolves, or witches for that matter. This one is set in 1929 and is almost like The Untouchables with the Supernatural thrown in. I read the entire 100 Bullets series which is by the same creative team as this series. Sadly, 100 Bullets mainly left me confused and scratching my head, and I see this series has the potential to do the same. So far I haven't gotten lost, but the story has been treading on the edge of confusion. There are some questions that need to be answered, and hopefully they will be in later volumes. Overall though, if you like Azzarello and/or Risso, crime comics, or horror comics, this one might be worth checking out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    Supernatural historical gangster fiction with elements of noir. Oh, and moonshine, lots of moonshine. I can see that the early reviews have not been too kind to this series, but I've really enjoyed it. It's atmospheric and the story is fun. Sure the characters aren't very complex, and the females are relegated mostly to sexual objects. But that atmosphere is great. Even if the characters don't have much in the way of depth, they ooze atmosphere. The appearance of the werewolf is always fun, espe Supernatural historical gangster fiction with elements of noir. Oh, and moonshine, lots of moonshine. I can see that the early reviews have not been too kind to this series, but I've really enjoyed it. It's atmospheric and the story is fun. Sure the characters aren't very complex, and the females are relegated mostly to sexual objects. But that atmosphere is great. Even if the characters don't have much in the way of depth, they ooze atmosphere. The appearance of the werewolf is always fun, especially when it leaves behind gruesome surprises. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Well, if you have read stories of werwolves and stories about rednecks down South, then you have already read most of the elements that make up Moonshine. The graphics are somewhat of a throwback to the 50s. The story, predictable for the most part. I would probably have preferred to take this one out at the library rather than purchase it. Not really interested in reading Volume 2 either.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    Azzarello and Risso in a gangster supernatural noir set during the prohibition. What's not to like? Azzarello and Risso in a gangster supernatural noir set during the prohibition. What's not to like?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kraus

    I enjoyed and admired Azzarello’s 99 Bullets, especially the first couple volumes. They struck me as extensions of genuine noir, creating and recreating experiments in applied morality: would you, given the chance to do so without consequences to yourself, kill someone? The fun of the early part of the series was that the answer varied, and it’s still on my long-list of texts I might teach in a noir class. This one offers some of the same virtues. Azzarello can move a narrative along quickly, and I enjoyed and admired Azzarello’s 99 Bullets, especially the first couple volumes. They struck me as extensions of genuine noir, creating and recreating experiments in applied morality: would you, given the chance to do so without consequences to yourself, kill someone? The fun of the early part of the series was that the answer varied, and it’s still on my long-list of texts I might teach in a noir class. This one offers some of the same virtues. Azzarello can move a narrative along quickly, and Risso draws with a nice urgency and with enough distinctiveness to character that even recurring background figures seem to have consistent reactions and qualities. In other words, we’re dealing with pros, and it shows. As someone who can’t draw and who struggles with moving narrative forward, I have a sense of how effortless they make this, and that in itself is something to enjoy. At the same time, this falls short of the excellence of 99 Bullets. I was drawn to this (after finding my taste for graphic novels inexplicably wither over the summer) because it calls on history peripheral to what I write about: the Italian-American booze kings of mid-1920s Prohibition. Other than a recurring reference to Joe Masseria – and why him of all the historical figures you might have chosen? – it turns out to be largely ahistorical, with a name pulled out of the history books as window dressing. That may not be a turn-off to most people – the book doesn’t promise to engage with actual history, and the presence of a werewolf makes clear it isn’t – but I think a lot of the easy stereotyping might. We get Italians who are always goombahs, Appalachians who are always hyuck-hyuck hillbillys, and African-Americans who are always inscrutable, wise, and generous. In such a context, everyone feels flattened, and – despite Risso’s fine artwork – the characters blend together as tools rather than actors. The one exception is our protagonist, Lou Pirlo, a handsome hood who’s never gotten over the drowning death of his younger sister. Lou gets a chance to redeem himself in Masseria’s eyes (from a screw-up that I suppose gets revealed in volume two) by trying to buy the high-grade moonshine that mountain-king Hiram Holt distills. It’s an impossible situation because Holt – who, for much of this book [SPOILER] seems to be the werewolf – doesn’t want to sell and Masseria doesn’t want to hear “no.” Pirlo has undeserved good fortune throughout this. He says more than once he can’t believe he’s alive after some close call, and I feel the same way. Nothing distinguishes him from Masseria’s other thugs, and nothing other than his being visited by the apparition of his dead sister, humanizes him. He’s a cool concept for a main character, but he isn’t really developed. (And, from the evidence of 99 Bullets, character development isn’t necessarily Azzarello’s thing; he deals effectively in types.) Anyway, I found myself losing interest toward the end of this volume. I can see the wheels moving toward something that feels like saga or at least soap operar: Holt’s beautiful but bewitched daughter has some purpose for Pirlo; Holt himself is up against the limits of his power; Masseria will try again; a chance mention of “silver” will mean something; and the beautiful and mysterious African-American Delia will help Pirlo with the magic only she possesses. From where I’m sitting, though, it feels more like contrivance, a story built more from the need for climaxes rather than the genuine product of character and motivation. I’ll go back to 99 Bullets, but I’m almost certainly done with this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe Kucharski

    Let’s hear it for comic book vets taking a bite outta originality. New York gangsters with Tommy guns and spats go up against Appalachian hillbillies and their missing teeth for remarkably distilled hooch during Prohibition. And oh yeah, there’s a werewolf or three out there on the prowl going all Gary Brandner because, man, this is comics! Brian Azzarello excels – in short bursts – when working within the crime genre. His plots are quick, at times convenient, and his dialogue rat-a-tat fun as h Let’s hear it for comic book vets taking a bite outta originality. New York gangsters with Tommy guns and spats go up against Appalachian hillbillies and their missing teeth for remarkably distilled hooch during Prohibition. And oh yeah, there’s a werewolf or three out there on the prowl going all Gary Brandner because, man, this is comics! Brian Azzarello excels – in short bursts – when working within the crime genre. His plots are quick, at times convenient, and his dialogue rat-a-tat fun as his work on Jonny Double and the first two-ish years of 100 Bullets can attest to. With Moonshine, his double entendre is as fun as his characters are cliché, completely fitting the bill for an Edward Robinson meets Lon Chaney, Jr mash-up. Eduardo Risso is never finer then when drawing a femme fatale or a Ford Model A, and he gets the chance to showcase both, along with a bunch of shadows, negative space, and man, that full moon, throughout this first volume. Moonshine tells the tale of Lou Pirlo and how he gets caught in the world of, well, moonshine and, in a way, silver bullets. Written in a noir style, Lou quickly realizes he is in trouble and completely out of his New York state of mind. He’s drowning while gulping down every last drop of that nectar. Azzarello builds on the mystery while Risso paints trees of orange and rivers of red – along with the requisite shoot-em-ups. Yeah. Good stuff. Tons of fun that will hopefully never become a show on HBO.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    A good prohibition-era werewolf story, if not amazing. Azzarello does his usual stuff, innuendoes and all that, on a rather basic plot: A NY mobster wants to get his hands on some great virginian booze and sends his protégé Lou to deal with the local yokels. Who happen to be more clever and ruthless than expected. So, where are the goddamn wolves? Well, here and there but not really the center of attention so far. I don't know if I'm disappointed or not. There's still time to develop that aspect A good prohibition-era werewolf story, if not amazing. Azzarello does his usual stuff, innuendoes and all that, on a rather basic plot: A NY mobster wants to get his hands on some great virginian booze and sends his protégé Lou to deal with the local yokels. Who happen to be more clever and ruthless than expected. So, where are the goddamn wolves? Well, here and there but not really the center of attention so far. I don't know if I'm disappointed or not. There's still time to develop that aspect in a next volume. For now the mobsters are thick, armed and talk with an accent and the hillbillies are thick, armed and talk with an accent. In the meantime they shoot each other. Yeeha! I wouldn't have rated this book 4* if not for Eduardo Risso. I usually love the guy but let's be honest he can sometimes be lazy and deliver ugly rushed-up jobs. But here he overdoes himself and gives us what's one of his best jobs in my opinion, including colors. Moonshine is a good genre book, mixing crime and horror. Not the best ever but good enough plotwise and beautiful artwise.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Our hero here is definitely between a rock and a hard place – the rock being his boss, a Mafia type who wants to get a deal for the best moonshine for his best city joints; and the hard place is the Appalachian mountains, complete with redneck illegal distillers, inbreeding – and a werewolf. Of course there's a femme fatale there as well, of course there are two rival Mr Bigs, and of course circumstances mean he is just never able to leave. What are much less expected are two things that have to Our hero here is definitely between a rock and a hard place – the rock being his boss, a Mafia type who wants to get a deal for the best moonshine for his best city joints; and the hard place is the Appalachian mountains, complete with redneck illegal distillers, inbreeding – and a werewolf. Of course there's a femme fatale there as well, of course there are two rival Mr Bigs, and of course circumstances mean he is just never able to leave. What are much less expected are two things that have to count as flaws – the reason for him being there, as he seeks responsibility and to be thought more highly of for once, is really hokey, and the ending chapter, which tries its damnedest to not show us anything clearly, and leaves us supposedly urging the rest of the trilogy to arrive. Well it didn't – the set-up is a lot more fine than the execution here, and that off-putting mess that closes this six-issue volume is too much of a mess. I can't ever write off my return, but it sure ain't as eagerly anticipated as intended. Two and a half stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    There are some fantastic graphics and the elevator pitch is brilliant: a cross-genre story set in Prohibition that pits the Mafia against some Hillbillies with werewolves thrown in to make it interesting. So many chances to do something epic. Instead, we get a mishmash of elements that reads a bit like a stream of consciousness writing on Azzarello's part. Whatever he could think of, he included. It did not work. The only redeeming point is the art, which is gorgeous when it comes to setting the There are some fantastic graphics and the elevator pitch is brilliant: a cross-genre story set in Prohibition that pits the Mafia against some Hillbillies with werewolves thrown in to make it interesting. So many chances to do something epic. Instead, we get a mishmash of elements that reads a bit like a stream of consciousness writing on Azzarello's part. Whatever he could think of, he included. It did not work. The only redeeming point is the art, which is gorgeous when it comes to setting the atmosphere of the piece and results in brilliantly graphic panels. It's too bad that the characters are nearly impossible to tell apart and even the leading man doesn't look the same from page to page. I don't consider a total loss because I was at least a little excited to see how those elements would turn out and there were some good nuggets in there, but I would definitely not recommend it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    H. P.

    Moonshine is a new comic about a Prohibition-era gangster sent deep into the dark hills of Virginia to recruit a hillbilly moonshiner to work for the organization. If the copy and the silhouette on the back cover don’t clue you in that this is a werewolf story, in the very first scene of three revenuers get dismembered. I also literally just realized that the title is a play on werewolf canon too. I’m going to keep this short. If you want the really short version, it’s this: this comic is a mess. Moonshine is a new comic about a Prohibition-era gangster sent deep into the dark hills of Virginia to recruit a hillbilly moonshiner to work for the organization. If the copy and the silhouette on the back cover don’t clue you in that this is a werewolf story, in the very first scene of three revenuers get dismembered. I also literally just realized that the title is a play on werewolf canon too. I’m going to keep this short. If you want the really short version, it’s this: this comic is a mess. “Handsome” Lou is the gangster Joe “the Boss” Masseria picks to trek down to Virginia and make the deal. Azzarello uses Lou’s frequent bouts of alcohol-induced memory loss to play with the narrative, frequently jumping ahead and then sometimes returning when Lou learns what happened while he was blacked out. (Maybe don’t send the guy who can’t handle his booze to handle the moonshiners? Did Masseria learn nothing from Rush?) Anyway, the jumping around never quite has the effect Azzarello seems to be going for, but it does make the story overly hard to follow. There is just so much going on here that none of it really works. There are werewolves, and maybe a witch too. An extended hillbilly family, and a fresh batch of gangsters on Lou’s heels. It’s horror and crime fiction and regular noir and country noir. We get flashbacks to the death of Lou’s sister, perhaps prophetic dreams, and it tries to say something about race. A writer who could do all of that well in a hundred pages would have to be a genius. Azzarello doesn’t do it all well. Risso goes with a lurid, noirish look for the art. There are lots of blacks, large portions of panels hidden in shadows, with the area out of the shadows cycling through any number of colors—orange, red, blue—based on the source of the limited light of the time. Most of the characters—hillbilly, black, or Italian—are intentionally drawn in the most stereotypically offensive but realistic manner possible. There is also a lot of blood and violence, but the nature of the medium means seeing more of the former than of the latter. The blood drenched panels are frequently arresting; but when we do get to see the violence take place it never really worked for me. This is right up my alley, but I don’t know if I will stick around for volume 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Brian Azzarello does a great job in Moonshine of taking a simple concept (big city gangster has bad luck buying moonshine from werewolf hillbillies) and turning it into an exceedingly messy, confusing story. That's not to say Moonshine isn't compelling - I was hooked the whole way through this first volume. I just couldn't tell you what actually happened. Despite the story growing ever more incoherent as it progressed, Eduardo Risso's artwork maintained a high level of quality. Those colors! I'm Brian Azzarello does a great job in Moonshine of taking a simple concept (big city gangster has bad luck buying moonshine from werewolf hillbillies) and turning it into an exceedingly messy, confusing story. That's not to say Moonshine isn't compelling - I was hooked the whole way through this first volume. I just couldn't tell you what actually happened. Despite the story growing ever more incoherent as it progressed, Eduardo Risso's artwork maintained a high level of quality. Those colors! I'm in love. The art kept me turning the pages when I otherwise might have set the book down. I'm excited to see what happens in the second volume since I have zero idea what actually occurred in this volume's conclusion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Wow! This is awesome! I didn't even read what it was about before I started. I saw Brian Azzarello's name and knew it would good. Then that cover had me thinking 1930s, bootlegging, and gangsters. And that's what I got plus a whole lot more! The book is set in Appalachia and I love a tale of dirt-poor mountain folks, plus on top of that, there is a supernatural element and a fierce creature. Fantastic story! There is also a lot of violence with bodies slashed in half and heads decapitated aplent Wow! This is awesome! I didn't even read what it was about before I started. I saw Brian Azzarello's name and knew it would good. Then that cover had me thinking 1930s, bootlegging, and gangsters. And that's what I got plus a whole lot more! The book is set in Appalachia and I love a tale of dirt-poor mountain folks, plus on top of that, there is a supernatural element and a fierce creature. Fantastic story! There is also a lot of violence with bodies slashed in half and heads decapitated aplenty. The book ends with a classic gangster shoot-out with a twist and we don't fully figure out what is going on with the beast. Would love to continue the series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5 Wonderfully grim, violent, and 'in-your-face' as you'd expect from Azzarello. Unfortunately, let down by a meandering narrative, and poorly used female characters. Hopefully, the latter will be rectified by volume 2 if the ending of this edition is anything to go by. The art style is flowing, atmospheric, with clear character definition. The colour palette is limited, but the browns and greys emphasise the required red 'splatter' to great effect. The issues with narrative haven't pushed this to 3.5 Wonderfully grim, violent, and 'in-your-face' as you'd expect from Azzarello. Unfortunately, let down by a meandering narrative, and poorly used female characters. Hopefully, the latter will be rectified by volume 2 if the ending of this edition is anything to go by. The art style is flowing, atmospheric, with clear character definition. The colour palette is limited, but the browns and greys emphasise the required red 'splatter' to great effect. The issues with narrative haven't pushed this to the 'must buy' list, but it's definitely a series I'll keep an eye out for.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    Set during the Prohibition era, this epic creative team looks into an original horror twist to a classic gangster story set around the distribution of moonshine. While I wanted to enjoy this, the story never found its footing, recklessly steering in directions that never seemed intentional or organized. The artwork is a bit messy, hindered especially by the narrative but reminiscent of Tim Sale's work on Batman: The Long Halloween. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: htt Set during the Prohibition era, this epic creative team looks into an original horror twist to a classic gangster story set around the distribution of moonshine. While I wanted to enjoy this, the story never found its footing, recklessly steering in directions that never seemed intentional or organized. The artwork is a bit messy, hindered especially by the narrative but reminiscent of Tim Sale's work on Batman: The Long Halloween. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    I was on a road trip in Georgia when I spontaneously found a comic book store. I was intrigued by this novel so I bought it on a whim. This graphic novel is definitely not for me. Lou Pirlo works for a selfish mobster who orders him to travel deep in the Appalachians to buy out Hiram Holt's moonshine. NYC could use some good booze and Lou agrees. Quickly he's in over his head meeting Hiram's family and being introduced to a werewolf that's viciously attacking anyone who interferes with Hiram's b I was on a road trip in Georgia when I spontaneously found a comic book store. I was intrigued by this novel so I bought it on a whim. This graphic novel is definitely not for me. Lou Pirlo works for a selfish mobster who orders him to travel deep in the Appalachians to buy out Hiram Holt's moonshine. NYC could use some good booze and Lou agrees. Quickly he's in over his head meeting Hiram's family and being introduced to a werewolf that's viciously attacking anyone who interferes with Hiram's business. The story was extremely hard to follow because there's a werewolf *that I'm unsure of the identity..* running around and killing people. I had more questions than answers and not in a cliff hanger way. More like I'm confused with the story. The artwork was not extraordinary either. I'm not continuing in this series and the is the first graphic novel by Image that I was truly disappointed in.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    I don't know about the rest of you (and thank Mo & Jesu that I don't have that kind of time - keeping up with the rest of you?) but I haven't read any Azzarello and Risso since 100 Bullets. This captures that energy and slime-covered criminality along with an electric slice of tension and venom. I would encourage you to go into this without reading the synopsis. It's a rapid-fire read and a little mindbending, and I can't wait for more. I don't know about the rest of you (and thank Mo & Jesu that I don't have that kind of time - keeping up with the rest of you?) but I haven't read any Azzarello and Risso since 100 Bullets. This captures that energy and slime-covered criminality along with an electric slice of tension and venom. I would encourage you to go into this without reading the synopsis. It's a rapid-fire read and a little mindbending, and I can't wait for more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    andrew y

    Ow my brain. I am jarred by how fast I went from unimpressed to riveted to fatigued to engrossed. This is a crime series not from Brubaker that is still good - matches the pedigree of this team.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    Really liked the concept, but not so much the execution. The art is really great, and the story starts off strong, but it gets a bit weaker towards the end. I did like how they don't reveal the identity of the werewolf right away, or even what is going on with it in the first place. It adds to the story, I think. There is some good stuff here, and they are setting up a nice little world, so I'm willing to give it another volume before I make a final decision. Really liked the concept, but not so much the execution. The art is really great, and the story starts off strong, but it gets a bit weaker towards the end. I did like how they don't reveal the identity of the werewolf right away, or even what is going on with it in the first place. It adds to the story, I think. There is some good stuff here, and they are setting up a nice little world, so I'm willing to give it another volume before I make a final decision.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Some weird stuff. I'm not sure where it's going but I guess I'll keep on for awhile. Some weird stuff. I'm not sure where it's going but I guess I'll keep on for awhile.

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