December 4, 2021

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Comic Review: Moonshine Volume 4

Lou Pirlo, cursed mobster-turned-werewolf, tries hiding out in a Cleveland shanty town for a while.

Moonshine:  mobsters and werewolves in the middle of Prohibition, from the same creative team as 100 Bullets.  What can go wrong?

Well, honestly, a lot of things can go wrong.  But so far, so good.  And now that I’ve just finished the fourth volume, subtitled Angels Share, I can perhaps say it still is looking good.  Of course, this volume reminded me of a different crime comic I read years ago, but for that, read on…

“Handsome” Lou Pirlo hasn’t been having a good time of things since he was cursed to turn into a half-human, half-wolf killing machine that rips everyone in his paths to shreds every full moon.  He’s on the run from his old outfit, and after killing his way out of a prison chain gang and the New Orleans swamp, he’s trying to hide in a Cleveland shanty town.  Small problem:  there’s a serial killer there, leaving bodies ripped to shreds, and Eliot Ness himself is looking into it.

That’s actually historically accurate.  Ness spent time in Cleveland after busting Al Capone as the city’s safety manager during which time he hunted, but never caught, a serial killer.  Brian Michael Bendis wrote and drew a fictionalized version of that story in a graphic novel titled Torso.  I haven’t read that one in years, but I remember thinking it was excellent.  Then later, Bendis went to Marvel and became a big deal there.

But as for Lou, he may not be the “torso killer,” but even he isn’t 100% certain there.  Considering his old boss has people in Cleveland looking to humiliate Ness, and Lou knows some of these people, well, he may have more people to dodge than he thought.

Meanwhile, in New York City, the boss has a new mistress:  Tempest Holt, posing as a nightclub singer.  She came to the city to rip the boss to pieces with her own more controlled form of werewolfism.  But there’s something to be said about the power…

I’m not sure where Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso are taking this series, and that’s a good thing.  Having Lou hit different parts of the country as he struggles with his new condition gives the creative team a chance to explore what the world of Moonshine is like while literally exploring the world, or at least the country, is a lot of fun.  The pacing works, and the artwork may fit in better here then it did with 100 Bullets.  I really should read this one more often.

Then again, I don’t know if there’s another trade out yet.

9 out of 10 morgue shocks.

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