Two Moons #7
Image Comics 2021
Written by John Arcudi
Illustrated by Valerio Giangiordano
Coloured by Giovanna Niro
Lettered by Michael Heisler
“GHOST WAR,” Part Two
A squad of Buffalo Soldiers has been tasked with relocating a captured Cheyenne Chief, but their way is blocked by a mission of vengeance, and the ghosts of the tallgrass prairie.
This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best series to have debuted this year. The story overall has been sensational and the interiors should make every other artist in the industry just a tad jealous and nearly insecure at how good they are. That this second arc is set so many years after the first and yet still ties into that first arc is immaculately handled. There are plenty of things we’d like to see still, like some events that occurred during those missing years so there is a plethora of material to still talk about, meaning the series just doesn’t have to end until there are no more tales to tell. Obviously I am obsessed with this series and I'm completely and utterly engaged by it or I wouldn’t be talking about it in such a fashion. But in all honesty it really is just that good that you begin to think that it would be a crying shame if it weren’t around anymore.
I am a huge fan of the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information are presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see, which is exquisitely rendered by the way, through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter which does a magnificent job continuing to flesh out their personalities. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story the more intense and intriguing things become.
I am thoroughly enjoying the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen. I am also liking the way that we see the layers here open up new avenues to be explored. Now whether they are or not they all add this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is impeccably handled.
The interiors here are mindbogglingly bloody brilliant! The linework is exquisite and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality of work in its attention to detail is astounding. How we see backgrounds being utilised to enhance and expand the moments as well as how we see them work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is marvellous to see. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masterful eye for storytelling. The creativity and imagination that we see throughout the book is extraordinary and how we see the soldiers and Native Americans being so authentically portrayed is just stunning work. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a masters eye for how colour works and how to maximise their effect.
I love the blending of Native American mysticism with the white man’s cold hard logic and the inability to discern the truth. After all, Little Knife is no fool and he knows his people’s history and how to manipulate the elements and call upon his gods for help. After suffering much indignity it’s time for the white man to be taught a lesson. The writing is flawless and the characterisation is utterly phenomenal while the interiors are simply mindbogglingly brilliant and all this and more, the intangibles, make this one of the years best.