This week, I’m spotlighting Marvel’s creator-owned and special projects imprint, Epic. Though not strictly an “indie” company, I consider it as one, especially for the types of personal projects they published like today’s feature: Moonshadow.
This “Fairy tale for grown-ups” was the brainchild of writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Jon J. Muth. Published in 1985, the 12-issue maxi-series was later reprinted by DC’s Vertigo imprint in 1994, followed by a one-shot coda in 1997, titled Farewell, Moonshadow. The entire series was collected in a huge TPB in 1998 under the title The Complete Moonshadow.
I can’t sing the praises of this series enough. It’s a grand adventure, a puzzling metaphysical treatise, an allegory, and many other things, and none of those things. It’s simply lyrical and beautiful and full of heart. It’s easily one of my absolute favorite comics, ever, and one of the few that actually drove me to tears. If you’ve never read it, you owe it to yourself.