By Jason Aaron & Jason Latour

The creative team of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are just knocking it out of the park with Southern Bastards. The majority of the audience, myself included, was expecting this book to be where Earl Tubb’s daughter comes to the county. Instead, the team gives time to explore who is and what made Coach Euless Boss…

This is no doubt a bold narrative tactic, but one I believe will pay off in the end. The previous issue gave hints at a complicated code that Coach Boss lives by, making him an intriguing antagonist. Now, Aaron tries to build sympathy for the character in issue six. Even a mentor character, with some familiar qualities, is introduced to further this concept…and it absolutely works.

The training sequences in the comic are well depicted by Latour and cements the idea of the “hero’s journey”. Framing these moments within a Southern context provides an interesting and fresh take on the old convention. The closing pages are full of tense, dark content executed well with Jason’s minimal color palette and use of shadow contrast, delivering an emotionally shocking cliffhanger.

Southern Bastards continues to be a powerhouse of a title; it is one I have to immediately read and others should follow suit. The second arc is only two issues in, so, if new to the series, pick up the first trade paperback and issues five and six.


About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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