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– by Emmanuel Gomez

   While we wait of the conclusion of “The Dark Knight III” by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello let us indulge in Brian’s new title under Image Comics “Moonshine”. I was drawn to this book immediately because first of all moonshine is great but most importantly it takes place in the late twenties during the prohibition here in the United States. Whether historically accurate or not I am always a sucker for stories that take place in our countries controversial past. This book takes place on the East Coast where as we know the sale of illegal hooch was really big and the government was doing all it can to stop it and that is where our story begins.

   A group of agents close in on an illegal distillery in the hills of West Virginia. Unfortunately for them, the group of men running the place were ready for them and what is left is a blood bath. We are then introduced to Lou Pirlo who works for Joe “The Boss” Masseria a Mafia boss from New York. He is sent to West Virginia to recruit a man by the name of Hiram Holt who according to them made some of the best hooch around, but he was not making it for them. Down in Virginia Lou quickly learns that things in the hills run a whole lot different than the city. What his “good looks” and Massaria’s was allowing him get away with in the city was not going to work in these parts of the country. Holt rejects Massaria’s offer and sends Lou on his way, but not before showing him what happens to people who want to mess with his operations. The issue closes with Lou finding a group of African Americans gathered singing and dancing around a fire, where he ends up staying the night.

   The first issue of Moonshine was good introduction to the book. We got a taste of the tension between the FBI and the moonshiners and the role they play with city bosses. Also we got to see the roles of the characters in the book, specifically Lou who we will hopefully get a more character development in the next few issues. With the events of the first issue, what repercussions would the government take with Holt? Also, how would Marraria react to the news that his offer was rejected? Last, what is the significance of Lou finding that group of people in the woods? This book does a great job at making me anticipate the next few issues, you get the feeling that things are going to escalate quickly. I like the way the book was drawn with a lot of shadows, as all of this is supposed to take place in secrecy away from government eyes. If you can find a copy of Moonshine I would recommend you pick it up, as they seem to be going out quick.

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Brian Azzarello

Artwork: Eduardo Risso