Four Colour Thoughts – Two Moons #1

The Creators — John Arcudi – Writer, Valerio Giangiordano – Artist, Dave Stewart – Colours, Michael Heisler – Letters

The Players — Virgil Morris (Two Moons), Frances Shaw

The Story — The Civil War is raging on and Virgil Morris is plagued with dreams and visions which lead to him killing a monster or was it a man?

The Take — Two Moons is an interesting book as it features a lead protagonist who is of Pawnee descent and one can easily say there are not too many titles on the stands that feature a Native American as its star. John Arcudi in his afterword mentions that he always wanted to see the Native American culture represented more faithfully than it has been in various media throughout the years and that this book will be his attempt to do so. He wants to paint Virgil as not only a member of the Pawnee Nation but as a man, one who is the same as everyone else and he does just that against the backdrop of a war between North and South. The book finds Virgil having visions and they disturb him as they take him out of the current reality for a moment, a dangerous thing with a war raging on. During one scene of the book, he sees his grandfather, something truly shocking as he never expected to see the man who gives him a warning with a mention of iron, something that is sure to play into the story as it goes along. As it turns out, it too was just a vision as his grandfather lies dead before him, the truth made known by an interruption from a nurse named Frances. Readers can easily guess that Frances too will play a larger part in the story moving forward, not only because there is a bit of chemistry between them but due to the fact that Arcudi tells us so. As the issue moves on towards its end, Arcudi tests his main character during the last act, providing a bit of horror amongst that already perpetrated by the war. Making it all come alive is Valerio Giangiordano whose artwork is very clean and beautiful to look at, conveying the horrors of this book incredibly well, standing alongside some of the best on the racks right now. Together, the creators of this book start to build not only a character study of a man but a tale of horror in one of the bloodiest wars to ever hit the North American continent. Though it might only be beginning, the book is captivating as it leaves the reader wanting more, to find out more about the mystery Arcudi has begun weaving and to find out how Virgil is going to get himself out of his predicament.

Worth It? — Yes.

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