Azzarello and Rissos Moonshine rises to the top of our pull lists

first_imgStay on target Image has a habit of attracting the best creators in the industry. Writers, artists, colorists, etc. that have made a name for themselves at the ‘big two’ seem to produce their best work with the freedom that Image offers. Moonshine, their newest book, reunites the creative powerhouse of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, best known for 100 Bullets at Vertigo, and their Batman: Knight of Vengeance mini-series from DC Comics’ Flashpoint event.Moonshine is a gangster-noir tale, riddled with Tommy Guns and three piece suits. It goes off the beaten path by taking the gang into the Appalachia, delving into the seedier parts of the mountains. With a crazy twist that takes the story down even an even crazier path, there is a lot going on in this first issue. The creators are doing what they do best, as Azzarello and Risso’s books tend to be steeped in reality, with lots of grime and grit, always adding in just enough weirdness not to make it feel stale.Their previous work definitely lines up with Moonshine in pacing, and tone, as the noir elements are the most prominent, with hints of other genres. Knight of Vengeance is a favorite of mine. That old, hardened take on Batman worked really well with Azzarello’s ability to perfectly capture the slimy characteristics of any culture’s underbelly. He does it again here, honing in on the worst aspects of both the gangsters and the West Virginian-natives.Azzarello is the best at what he does, and what he does is concoct  elite old fashioned noir, tough guys. Troubled and at the end of your rope is his specialty, and while this first issue keeps the background to our protagonist vague, it’s obvious that Azzarello is going for something bigger than a predictable hard-boiled detective. His dialogue is great, capturing the Prohibition-era gangsters and country-folk perfectly (or imperfectly).The world he’s created in this first issue allows for these two different cultures to clash, and the script is spectacular. Not much is revealed aside from a handful of characters and an initial conflict of interests, and while that may make this issue feel somewhat lacking, it is plain to see that Azzarello has a lot of plans for the series.Risso’s art is as great as it’s ever been here. He is a champion of capturing the ugliest aspects of humanity, be it something awkward and gangly, or someone rough and homely. His colors really bring out a lot in his art, always looking as if a talented director knew what tint to add to the scene.  Neutral blues and greens for a cold forest, brights oranges, and glowing yellows for a campfire, or quintessential noir…light slivering through ratty blinds. Lighting is one of Risso’s key strengths, especially with shadows. Not just with darkness, but it establishes a perfect tone for the book, creating a sinister air on each page.All of it adds up to Moonshine being one of the best-looking books on the shelf, a beautiful noir-comic, a genre we don’t get enough of. Moonshine #1 is available in stores and online this Wednesday, October 5th. Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance last_img read more