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Review: Two Moons #1

Two Moons #1
Two Moons #1

War is never short on metaphors for violence, especially in terms of being represented as something that is literally monstrous. John Arcudi and Valerio Giangiordano’s Two Moons #1 is very aware of this, but the monsters that populate their version of the American Civil War seem to have been called in to help carry some deeper metaphors into the story. Surprisingly enough, what makes it through is largely concerned with the violence that always seems to follow identity and assimilation.

Two Moons #1 introduces readers to Virgil Morris, born of the Pawnee Nation and originally given the name of Two Moons. Virgil is presented as an assimilated American, a man that left his roots behind only to see them come back to claim him. Virgil starts seeing monsters, spirits, and dead men who won’t stay quiet as he fights for the Union during the Civil War. The things he sees might be all in his head, but the comic is leaning hard on making them feel very real to him.

Arcudi and Giangiordano appear to be gearing up for a slow burn of a story centered on the resurgence of Virgil’s Pawnee heritage and how it intends to remind him of who he is and who he should be, that is if it’s proven that he can trust both the mystic aspects of his process and himself, for that matter.

Giangiordano illustrates the story’s version of America as a place that’s always thirsty for blood, a place that thrives in war. The characters are presented as forces of nature that, to an extent, make them look like walking manifestations of anger and violence. This extends to the overall setting of the story, which sticks mostly to the American wilderness. Locations come off as unwelcoming and uncooperative, as places eager to be turned into battlefields.

Two Moons #1’s script focuses on introducing Virgil’s struggle with his Pawnee identity to readers, but Arcudi also takes the opportunity to introduce another character that’s coming to terms with identity and what it means to be an outsider in America: Nurse Frances Shaw, an Irish immigrant.

Two Moons #1
Two Moons #1

Nurse Frances is forming her opinion on what America is and what it stands for during one of the most unstable and uncertain moments in its history. The soul of the nation was quite simply fractured. The idea that the Civil War was a bloody and merciless fight between brothers was something people were constantly reminded of.

Negotiating one’s identity in the midst of all this inviting chaos into one’s own sense of belonging. Arcudi’s script is approaching it in a smart and intriguing way. In addition, her inclusion in the story serves as a good counter balance to Virgil’s own journey.

And then there are the monsters and all the other things that roam the wild. Giangiordano imbues each creature design with a considerable amount of storytelling. There’s a lot one can learn about them just by scanning their bodies. On a side note, they also look like they could effectively work in a film adaptation of the comic through practical make-up effects. Their designs are nightmarish but strangely realistic. They’re instantly memorable.

Two Moons #1
Two Moons #1

Two Moons is a new series with a lot of promise. It’s in a position to offer an appropriately confrontational take on what makes an American and if it’s even possible to identify anyone as such. The art is exceptional and it takes command of the story in unexpected ways. The book welcomes questions, demands thought, and values different angles. Come ready into the story or it will sneak up on you with its dark intricacies.

Script: John Arcudi Art: Valerio Giangiordano Colors: Dave Stewart
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy and dust off your old Civil War History books!

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Marvels Snapshots: Civil War

Marvels Snapshots: Civil War

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Ryan Kelly (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $4.99

In the heart of the Civil War event, a human story unfolds. A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, doing his best to do the job with honor – but is that possible anymore? A young, low-level super hero, trying to help his neighbors – but that’s not even legal any more. The two come together in a story that’ll test their commitment, ideals, hopes and dreams, by Hugo-Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales: Spider-Man, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel) and artist Ryan Kelley (Lucifer, Stranger Things). Featuring Captain America, Giant-Man, Maria Hill and more.

Marvels Snapshots: Civil War

Around the Tubes

superman aliIt’s a new week! Some of us were at Awesome Con this past weekend, so expect coverage of that show over the next few days.

While you await that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

iO9 – The Story Behind That Superman and Muhammad Ali Team Up – Some fantastic comic history.

CNBC – Comic books buck trend as print and digital sales flourish – Great to see this mainstream coverage.

iO9 – Marvel’s Civil War Comics Live Up to Their Name in the Worst Way – There were some definite issues. What did you all think?

LA Review of Books – The Dawn of “Just Me”: Zack Snyder’s Neoliberal Superheroes – An interesting read.

Uproxx – Meet Mr. Xtreme — One Of America’s ‘Real Life Superheroes’  – Fascinated by all of this.

PC Mag – Tackling Slavery in the Classroom With a Graphic Novel and an App – Great to see this in schools.

The Beat – Gruesome Hollywood murder was foreshadowed in a graphic novel – Utterly disgusted by this.

The Beat – Fans v Pros: You’re Doing it Wrong – Well worth a read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio on Captain America: Civil War (Part 1): Comic vs. Film on Demand

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Graphic Policy Radio talks Captain America: Civil War in light of both the movie and the comics that inspired it– or didn’t. Joining hosts Brett and Elana is frequent guest and Graphic Policy contributor Steve Attewell.

Steven Attewell wrote that article everyone quotes about Captain America being a New Deal Democrat and can tell you which specific New Deal jobs program Steve Rogers worked for before he joined Project Rebirth.  He teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne.

Squirrel Girl Kicks Butts, Eats Nuts in Dice Masters

The next WizkidsMarvel Dice Masters set is Civil War and as with each release the set’s promotional card has been revealed, Squirrel Girls: Kick Butts, Eat Nuts.

The card is a cheap cost 3 character die that is equally cheap to field. The card allows you to put a token on it at the end of your turn, and when you use a Global Ability you can take a token off and put out a Squirrel token, a 1A, 1D character into the field zone.

An absolutely amazing card that’s a must get and I’m sure will become a regular in tournament (and hell most) play.

Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War releases this May.

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Unboxing: Marvel Collector Corps April 2016 Civil War

We open up to show off Funko and Marvel‘s sixth Marvel Collector Corps box. The bimonthly premium box service features a theme of “Civil War,” celebrating Marvel’s latest character to have a hit film.

We go over the contents including a variant comic, some figures, tshirt, and more.! Valued at over a $50 the box is perfect for fans of Marvel Comics.

You can sign up for the next one here.

Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War Expansion List

This May sees the release of Wizkids‘ newest Marvel Dice Masters set, Civil War. The set is focused on Team Cap and Team Iron Man and if the Starter Set is any indication expect to see some interesting cards focused on KOing cards through special abilities, gaining life, and embracing the Civil War comic storyline in the card abilities and names.

I took the checklist provided with the Starter Set, listed out the characters and their titles for each rarity. We don’t know what each card will do, but you might be able to make some guesses based on the names.

Unboxing and Early Look of Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War

We get an early look at the next Marvel Dice Masters set, Civil War from Wizkids. The set features new mechanics and new characters and we go over the Starter Set, open up three boosters, and show off the new playmat.

The new set will be released this May.

You can pre-order the set now:
Starter Set:
http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/48804/s/wzk72258/
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/221133

Gravity Feed:
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Collector’s Box:
http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/48808/s/wzk72265/
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/221136

Playmat:
http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/48807/s/wzk72261/
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/221134

Team Box:
http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/48809/s/wzk72262/
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/221137

Dice Bag:
http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/48810/s/wzk72263/
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/221138

Wizkids provided Graphic Policy with the product for FREE for review

Fashion Spotlight: That’s How You Get Ants, Man!, The Civil War, Devil Punishment

Ript Apparel has three new designs! That’s How You Get Ants, Man!, The Civil War, and Devil Punishment, by Obvian, AtomicRocket, and Akiwa, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

That’s How You Get Ants, Man!

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The Civil War

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Devil Punishment

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