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Review – Moonshine #18 (Image Comics)

Moonshine #18 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Eduardo Risso
Moonshine #18
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Moonshine #18

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Color Assist: Cristian Rossi
Letterer & Design: Jared K. Fletcher
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 17, 2020

Lou Pirlo has hit rock bottom once again, but this may be the hardest he has ever hit, and now a G-man might be on his case. Tempest finds the glitz and glamour of the big-city life a little too much to handle, but she has a score to settle against Lou’s old crime boss.

 

Making the Big Time in Moonshine #18

The wolves are back in town with Moonshine #18. This series happens to be one that hasn’t really suffered due to the COVID-19 delays with shipping and such in the comic book industry. Moonshine has always taken a bit of a break between story arcs, so it is nothing new for a bit of break. Moonshine #18 also releases the same day as the trade collection for Vol. 3 hits the shelves. So, good timing move there.

Moonshine #18 (Image Comics) cover by Eduardo Risso
Moonshine #18 (Image Comics) cover by Eduardo Risso

This Prohibition-era crime/werewolf/horror/drama/love story continues to chug along as we move into the “Big Apple”, NYC, in Moonshine #18. Tempest has found herself in New York City and she has made a bit of a name for herself. But she has her eyes set on one and only one person: Lou Pirlo’s old crime boss. The man that destroyed her family. While Lou Pirlo’s life has hit an all-time low after his life in the Louisiana Bayou was massacred. With Tempest soaking up the sights, sounds and blood of NYC, Lou Pirlo finds a new G-man on a murderous case that leads to Lou in Moonshine #18.

Writing

Brian Azzarello does a magnificent job of once again changing the setting and theme of this series with Moonshine #18. With each arc, Azzarello continues to not only weave a captivating tale but also give us a brand new setting and perspective. Azzarello setting Tempest in NYC going after Lou’s old boss is a delightful set-up. I will be interested in how Azzarello sets her up for this arc. He plays with her character well. She is deceptively smart and I feel she has more up her sleeve than just killing the crime lord.

Azzarello also puts our main character in yet another rock-bottom predicament. Obviously broken by the events in Louisiana, Lou is hitting the bottle harder than ever, which is not helping his more beastly matters. Now a G-man is on the case of some gruesome murders. We have seen Lou in jail and fighting for his life. But now, without his wits fully about him, it may be the end of the line for him.

As much as I like Moonshine and Moonshine #18 there does seem to be something holding the story back. I am not sure exactly what that is. I think it may be that we are 18 issues in and we still have a bit of lack of answers. Like to Lou’s past, his sister, and other things. It still just seems we do not have that strong of a connection to the characters that we should have after 18 issues with them.

Art

I was excited to see that Moonshine #18 has a New York City setting. Artist Eduardo Risso has done a fantastic job with this 1920s-era setting and characters. He excels at capturing the era. From vehicles, clothing, architecture, and just style and vibe, Risso brings you right into this era. He captures the city at this time so well. It is just magnificent to see how he fully engulfs you in this time.

Again, and I probably say this in all my reviews of Moonshine, but Risso is just a masterful artist. From his layouts and structures, he knows how to weave a visual story. His characters are full of expressions and “energy” while he guides the eyes through what is happening and teases what is to come.

The colors always play a big part in Moonshine and Moonshine #18 is no different. Risso, with color assist by Cristian Rossi, uses a lot of green and purple in this issue. It is a color combo that I don’t know if I have seen them use much in other issues. Usually a lot of blues, red and yellow hues to highlight or drown out certain characters or backgrounds. But Moonshine #18 adds these murky green and lighter purple colors to great story effect.

Conclusion

Moonshine #18 is a start to a new story arc in the series. Moonshine is a series you have to start from the beginning; there is no recap or strong jumping-on point, especially not this issue. The story is a bit hard to judge just because it is starting up. But it has some exciting starts with Tempest in New York City and a G-man possibly on Lou’s trail. The art, as always, is beautiful in Moonshine #18. I don’t think Eduardo Risso has had a bad issue ever in this series. 

Somehow, some way, Moonshine combines werewolves, Prohibition-era gangster crime, love, and drama all into one wild, intriguing story. You get a little horror, a little heartbreak in this increasingly captivating story in Moonshine #18.


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