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Southern Bastards, Vol. 1: Here Was a Man
by Jason Aaron, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour (Illustrator)
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I ummed and ahhed about rating this 4 stars or 5, because while the comic lives up to the hype, it's hardly original. But in the end, it was just so good, I had to give it the full 5.
I enjoyed Aaron's Scapled, so I had high expectations for this series, and with this first volume it lives up to those expectations. Aaron just seems so good at these violent and gritty, hidden side of America, type stories.
The art by Jason Latour is also amazing, and I think probably the real star of the show. The colours are all washed out, but with this tinge of red, with the red getting darker when things are about to go down.
The ending to this was surprising to me, in the way that
I really enjoyed this, really well drawn and a pulpy, fun story. It's a sausage fest so far though, which tires me out.
All caught up and will now start reading the individual issues as they come out. My pull list is getting huge.
This was an odd comic, but really good. I love the southern grit though. So much fun.
Hmmm. What can I say about this? Compelling story, characters & premise. Left me with a bit GoT-character-death after taste though. But I soldiered on with GoT. This one... hmm... not so much.
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Earl Tubb is an angry old man with a very big stick. Euless Boss is a high school football coach with no more room in his office for trophies and no more room underneath the bleachers for burying bodies. And they're just two of the folks you'll meet in Castor County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin' Rebs and more bastards than you've ever seen!
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...what's not to love?
Not sure how accurate a depiction of the south is, but considering the author is from there, I'm guessing perhaps uncomfortably so. That being said, this truly is alien territory for a mostly urban white Canadian boy such as myself, so I find this irresistible.
Bring on volume two, y'all. ( )