Moonshine Vol. 1 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

I didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about this one going in… The title Moonshine told me a little and the cover conveys a very cool atmosphere of the 20s. The plot is fairly simple: Lou Pirlo is sent to Appalachia to locate the distiller of the best moonshine in the country. His mob-boss boss wants it and thinks he can get it cheap from some backwoods yokels… The problem is that Lou likes the product a bit too much and the bootlegger is bit more savvy than he anticipated. He drives his fancy car up some dirt roads, gets turned around a couple times, and finally finds the family at the heart of the operation. They are an interesting lot. They have a security system that involves a bit more than just shotguns… Look to the Moon in moonshine.

Supernatural forces and some West Virginia ingenuity get in the way of Lou’s easy payday…

This volume collects the first 6 issues of the comic, and the perfect length for me to get an idea for what this series is about. I loved the art… A lot of color-washed panels with that deep blood red surrounding the shadowy action. And the werewolf was drawn in parts on many of the pages, an arm her and legs there, which added to the suspense.

The problem that I found was that the plot didn’t move much past the back and forth between Lou getting drunk and his faulty memory acting up, and Hiram Holt (the master distiller) sending him on another wild goose chase. I don’t want to get into too many details, but it doesn’t pass my expectations and then when it does, I just kind of lost the plot.

A good premise and great artwork, but lacks a focal point in the story arc.


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