Today at Image Expo in Seattle, Image Comics announced a new series from writer Brian Azzarello and arist Eduardo Risso, entitled Moonshine.
The series is Azzarello’s first with Image. After twenty years working under DC’s Vertigo imprint, the writer said that he wanted to venture into “new territory” and “try something different.”
The series is his attempt at blending genres, specifically those of old mobster movies and old monster movies. Moonshine features a story pitting rum-running gangsters against a werewolves. Yes, werewolves. The mystery will revolve around which character becomes a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms, and is set during the Prohibition era of American history, when the manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages of any kind was illegal.
In discussing the setting, Azzarello said that “It works best during prohibition, because there wouldn’t be organized crime without prohibition.” The series does not really have a distinct “good guy” or “bad guy”, but verges into gray areas where it becomes hard to tell. “Good guys and bad guys are for tights. These are just people.”, Azzarello told press at the announcement.
The plans for the Moonshine series are currently open-ended, with no firm timeline in terms of how long it will run, other than that there are definite story arcs similar to how television works.
The first issue of Moonshine is set to hit comic book shops in Fall of 2016.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
MOONSHINE by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, edited by Will Dennis
From Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso—the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets—comes the brutal new series, MOONSHINE.
MOONSHINE is set during the Prohibition Era, deep in the backwoods of Appalachia and tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt. Lou figures it for milk run—how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn’t figure on is that Holt is just as cunning as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his pin-striped head. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day… or better still, the light of the full moon.
“The idea for Moonshine has been bubbling around between Eduardo [Risso] & I for years,” said Azzarello. “It’s exciting that it’s about to burst forth! But if fans think they know what to expect from us, then they ought to think again.”
MOONSHINE #1 will hit stores in Fall 2016 and marks the first time Azzarello and Risso have worked together with Image Comics and reunites the acclaimed creative team that defined modern crime comics with 100 Bullets… and now puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale.