Review: Moonshine Vol. 4 – The Angel’s Share
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist and Colorist: Eduardo Risso
Letterer: Jared H. Fletcher
Color Assistant: Cristian Rossi
Review by: Kendra Hale
Moonshine Vol. 4 is a wild ride as we follow Lou Pirlo from New Orleans to Cleveland. With Werewolves, Zombies, bootlegging, Mobsters, chain-gangs, Eliot Ness himself… it is a fever dream to say the least. This is not a series that I would recommend for children. Moonshine, in its whole, gets an M rating for sure, so keep that in mind. “The Angel’s Share” collects issues 18-22 of the series together in one trade.
One thing this series brings in buckets is action, from shoot outs to sexy, bad a** female lead characters who certainly handle themselves. Throughout this series, two have been at the forefront, and in these issues we see Tempest Holt in the spotlight, literally.
There’s A Monster
With “Handsome” Lou finding himself on the opposite end of the spectrum than he is used to being, a man who has been able to charm his way out of most situations, he is finding that those charms no longer appear to be on his side. Tempest however, her charms have taken her outside of her family and into a spotlight of adoring fans, including a familiar Mobster.
With a serial killer causing havoc for the city, Eliot Ness trying to keep his acclaim, and a power struggle to boot…things are getting hectic.
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso have proven that they are a formidable force when they’re teamed together to spin a tale. Fans of this duo may recall the 100 Bullets series that went on to win both the Eisner and Harvey awards. Something that is similar between the two series is that the local lingo or jargon is brought into the narration and speech of the characters. That and, of course, violence. Lots of violence.
Moonshine was a series that I was curious about and had a whim to read, and I did not regret it in the slightest. The story, art, colors, letters…everything goes hand in hand. All of the pieces serve to amplify what is on the pages, and the gritty style is done so only when it is needed. There is so much beauty in these pages that pulls readers on a journey set in the days of prohibition. It includes the supernatural and has the siren call that readers dream of. Moonshine Vol. 4 is absolutely perfect. It gets a 5 out of 5 from me with a recommendation to indulge in the entire series. So do yourself this favor and pick it up today.
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