Wednesday, 25 March 2015

So I Read Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man

A 250 word (or less) review of Southern Bastards Vol. 1
by Jason Arron, Jason Latour, and Jared K Fletcher; Image Comics

Earl Tubb has gone back to his hometown, Craw County, a small town in Alabama, to sell his father's house. A town he swore he'd never go back to. A town run by Euless Boss, the coach of the football team and the master of a small criminal empire. A town where his father used to be the law. If Earl can just keep his head down, do what he came for and leave, he can be out of there as fast as possible. Trouble is, Earl isn't one to walk away from trouble when he finds it, and in Craw County he doesn't have to look far to find it. Southern Bastards is a fantastic crime comic set in the American South. It plays with the familiar tropes and shape of a crime story told in a visually visceral style and smothers it in the smoky barbecue sauce of small town Southern Culture. Which, it turns out, is a fantastic marriage of plot and setting. Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man functions as a single story and operates within the longer series more as an introduction and impetus than the the main plot. Which is good, because as well crafted as Here Was A Man is, the familiar story of two angry white men in the South is less interesting than the direction the series appears to be going. So while Here Was A Man is good comics, Southern Bastards looks like its going to be amazing. 

Word Count: 245

Post by Michael Bround

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