- Reading level: 16+ years
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (14 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632150166
- ISBN-13: 978-1632150165
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,87,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Southern Bastards: Here Was a Man Volume 1 Paperback – 14 Oct 2014
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I don't do reviews often. Something has to really compel me to sit down and take the time to express it here. And for the most part, I'm a Jason Aaron fan. Scalped was a one-of-a-kind series. But I've read some of his Marvel work and have been pretty underwhelmed. My feeling is that his work shines when he is doing creator-owned stuff that is near-and-dear to his heart. Which is why I am excited to have picked up Southern Bastards. Here we see what Aaron does best: snappy, noire dialogue with genuine Southern dialect, and a crisp, simple plot with a few pleasant surprises.
But the true superstar of Southern Bastards is Jason Latour. Comics are riddled with overdrawing cartoonists that use a million lines to capture a gesture. These artists make up the glut of comic shelves these days, particularly super-hero books. Latour is a beautiful exception. With a few meaningful lines he deftly communicates character, expression, gesture and motion. He does with one or two strokes what most super-hero cartoonists don’t accomplish in an entire book. His line work is visceral, stylized and confident. And his "painting" of the work blows my mind: subtle, ragged and brutal, always married to the art and text in a seamless and unique way. Clearly, Latour is having a ball illustrating this book. His work in Southern Bastards is better than 95% of the work being done in mainstream comics, and I can't wait to see what he (and Aaron) comes up with next.
Here was a man who came to town. Here was a righteous man beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. And, yes, he does strike down upon them with great vengeance and furious anger.
Southern Bastards makes me want to take a drive through the South, with its ribs and its sweet tea. It's awful. Earl Tubb is a great character, a former Marine, the son of the violent sheriff of Craw County who everybody hated. The comic is a great mystery, with only part of the story being revealed at a time. Earl's father carried a stick, and now Earl carries a stick of his own. Sure, a Southern man with a stick has been done before, but never this well. I can't wait to read Volume 2 when it comes out. *****
Does a fantastic job of characterizing the many of the worst aspect of rural Alabama without descending into stereotypes.
One of my favorite things I've read in a long time.