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Review – Moonshine #15 (Image Comics)

Moonshine #15 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Eduardo Risso
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Moonshine #15

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso 
Letters & Design: Jared K. Fletcher
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: January 8, 2019

Lou Pirlo’s life does not get any easier in Moonshine #15 and most of his problems are of his own doing. What new problems arise, and can he weasel himself out of his current situation?

 

Graveyard Stories in Moonshine #15

Lou Pirlo just can’t let himself get out. It is not enough he almost died in Virginia, in a moonshine deal gone wrong, or that he got turned into a werewolf. He narrowly escaped, only to find himself locked up in a chain gang in Louisiana. Luckily his love, Delia, has gotten him help from her family, promising a cure for his curse. But Lou needed money and he got it the only way a scoundrel like him knows how. Now in the deep south, down in the swamps, Lou has made a deal with the devil and he has come to collect in Moonshine #15.

Writing

Moonshine #15 (Image Comics) cover by Eduardo Risso
Moonshine #15 (Image Comics) cover by Eduardo Risso

I keep saying it, but Brian Azzarello has really hit his stride with this series in this third story arc. The characters have all fleshed out nicely and the story is wholly captivating and intriguing. He has been mostly focusing on Lou and Delia and the adventures down south, with Lou getting in more trouble that does and does not have to do with him being a werewolf. Azzarello does a great job of following their strange relationship together. 

I like that Azzarello has also started sprinkling in what Tempest is up to. We get some very interesting developments with her in Moonshine #15. It seems he is giving it a nice slow build-up. She is a character wholly interesting unto herself. She has changed a lot since we first met her, and it seems she may be a bigger player soon.

The new “Voodoo priest” character is also another fantastic one thrown into the mix. Another very interesting character in his own right. Another character Lou gets a little too close too. Someone you know is bad news, but Lou just can’t seem to keep away from. It adds another interesting, odd twist into his life.

Art

I am not sure what I can say that I have not already about the incredible art Eduardo Risso delivers in each and every issue. Moonshine #15 is no different we get some incredible visuals and sequential storytelling from him. Just a really stunning use of shadows, frames, and perspective to tell the story. He uses panel structure so well to build up what is happening and really bring you fully into what is unfolding on the pages in front of you.

Also, just a continued excellent use of color throughout the series. Each scene is set with a moody color. In Moonshine #15 we start off in a midnight graveyard scene that is cast in a despondent blue hue that set the tone perfectly. Then switching to morning cast in a bright yellow immediately sets a different vibe. It is all just fantastic visual storytelling throughout the issue. 

The whole design of the series continues to be wonderful as well. Risso catches this 1920s Prohibition era just splendidly well; from the clothing, architecture, settings, it transports the reader into this world perfectly.

Conclusion

Mainly I just reviewed Moonshine #15 to keep it in people’s heads. I think readers may overlook this book, and that would be a travesty. It is really hitting its stride now. One thing I haven’t talked about a lot is, I really enjoy that they don’t show the werewolf that often. It is teased a lot and we see glimpses of carnage and what-not. We rarely clearly see the monster, which makes it more “special” and shocking when we do see the beast.

I can’t praise this series enough, and hope other people are enjoying it as well. Moonshine has a superb mix of supernatural, horror, crime, and drama all rolled into one. It is gut-wrenching and heart-wrenching all at the same time. Visually, it is always stunning to look at. There is always that lurking fear in the background of each and every page. You never know what is around the corner. Or what is coming next in the life and times of Lou Pirlo


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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