Issue: Two Moons #1
Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Valerio Giangiordano
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Michael Heisler
Published: February 24, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: RUMBLE and B.P.R.D. writer JOHN ARCUDI is back at Image with rising star VALERIO GIANGIORDANO for an all-new ONGOING HORROR SERIES! This issue starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris—aka Two Moons—fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him!
As an Indigenous person who’s been raised by white folk, Virgil Morris–Two Moons–finds himself straddling a line that separates his inherent identity from a constructed one. Remove the magic associated with his shamanistic roots, or this tale’s war-torn setting, and you still have yourself a thought-provoking story. As this story progresses, Virgil’s struggle to find himself should act as the centerpiece of Two Moons; the fantastic elements should serve more as adornments. Readers will pick this book up for the horror elements, but it is the protagonist’s struggle that will keep them invested and coming back for more.
John Arcudi’s script for Two Moons #1 was well-paced and didd a fine job setting the stage for what’s still to come. Despite the work that this issue needed to do, it still managed to entertain and excite. Partially responsible for this was Arcudi’s careful placement of supernatural elements throughout this first chapter; Arcudi wasted no time making clear what sort of story readers were getting themselves into, including a ghastly monstrous form on the book’s first page.
There were several moments throughout my reading of this book where I was especially impressed with Valerio Giangiordano’s artwork; the first comes but seven pages into the story when Virgil has a chance run-in with his grandfather. Giangiordano’s attention-to-detail and expression work, here, is otherworldly. I approached each scene–each panel–thereafter with a deeper appreciation for Giangiordano’s efforts. This book’s final scene left me stunned
Although the true depth-of-story is only hinted at here in this debut issue, I am confident that Two Moons will continue to impress readers, issue after issue, by provoking thought and delivering on promises made.
The Bottom Line
A war-torn horror tale that’s steeped equally in blood and magic, Two Moons is not to be missed. This first issue sets the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable series.