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Horror Comic Two Moons Explores Native American Culture This Halloween

From writer John Arcudi and artist Valerio Giangiordano, the next story arc of Two Moons will further explore Native American culture this Halloween.

Two Moons, an ongoing historical horror comic book, will begin a new story arc that further explores Native American culture. The Image Comics series begins its next story arc with issue six, which will release around Halloween. Two Moons is written by John Arcudi (B.P.R.D.Wonder Woman: Black and Gold) with artwork by Valerio Giangiordano (Savage Avengers, Jessica Jones: Blind Spot).

Image has already released five issues of this historical horror series, which is being collected in the trade paperback Two Moons, Vol. 1: The Iron Noose. That trade will be available in comic book stores on August 18, 2021, followed by bookstores on August 24, 2021. Set during the Civil War, “Two Moons” refers to Pawnee soldier Virgil Morris. He is fighting for the Union as well as trying to leave his heritage behind him. However, he finds out that things aren’t quite so simple. Along with his new friend and nurse Frances Shaw, the two find themselves up against evil even more frightening than the war. The series takes on supernatural elements as Virgil experiences visions and ghosts, which has led the series to critical acclaim.

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Image Comics calls the new story arc for Two Moons a good starting point for new readers, focusing once again on Virgil Morris and the aftermath of the Indian Wars. Now a Pawnee shaman, he reunites with Frances Shaw as the two prepare for another catastrophe. When discussing the book, Giangiordano (who recently dabbled in body horror with the intensely creepy Darkhold: Iron Man #1 cover) explained: “This new story arc allows me to discover and study more and more of the fascinating culture of Native Americans that I did not know. For me, it is a fantastic experience to bring this ‘world’ to life.” In addition to Giangiordano’s main cover, there will also be a variant cover by Ryan Sook.

Two Moons #6 Cover A

Two Moons #6 Cover B

While historical horror comics are by no means new, it is rare for comics of most genres to focus on the plight of Native Americans. Though Marvel has been making some strides toward this with books like Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices (which notably features not just indigenous characters but also an indigenous creative team) and by introducing an indigenous Captain America. By focusing on the very real Indian Wars, Two Moons is offering a unique opportunity to see the horrifying consequences this event had on the Indigenous persons in the American Plains, introducing readers to actual historical events they’ve likely never heard about before.

Arcudi was inspired to write Two Moons because of the history of indigenous peoples in the 19th century, and it will be interesting to see how the series will continue to unravel this complicated history on top of adding in supernatural elements. The sixth issue of Two Moons, which kicks off the second story arc, will be in comic book stores on October 27, 2021.

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Source: Image Comics

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