Jason Latour & Jason Aaron
When Matt Murphy tells you to read a comic, you damn well better order it right away. Case en pointe: Matt told me that Here Was A Man, Vol. 1 of Southern Bastards, might be one of the greatest arcs in comic fiction ever created. And boy-howdy it did not disappoint.
Jason Aaron and Jason Latour (Jason Squared) are a formidable creative team. Reading Southern Bastards made me feel as though they were destined to work together. Both born-and-raised southerners themselves, they’ve created a distinctly southern story. From the gritty dialogue, to Friday Night Football, Southern Bastards takes place in a world that, as an East Coast girl myself, I don’t think I’ll ever truly comprehend. But I sure love to read about it (fictional or not).
Earl Tubb, Southern Bastard’s Clint Eastwood-esque hero, has spent his whole life living in the shadow of his father. Euless Boss is a high school football coach who has the whole town eating out of the palm of his hand. When an acquaintance is murdered and a boy is beaten half-to-death, Earl sets out for blood with a very big stick in hand.
Overall, Southern Bastards is bloody, and brutal, and so, so well written. It’s the kind of unforgiving, pulpy crime series that will leave you craving more.
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