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Southern Bastards #7

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  • Southern Bastards #7

    Southern Bastards #7
    Released by: Image Comics
    Released on: February 11th, 2015.
    Written by: Jason Aaron
    Illustrated by: Jason Latour
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    Picking up where issue #6 left off, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's seventh issue of Southern Bastards continues to expand on the back story of Euless 'Coach' Boss. A big game is on but Boss is on the sidelines, a cast over his leg, crutches under his arms. The Rebs are winning by a big margin but he's upset he can't do anything. On the way home, the cops stop him - they're looking for Olis, his old man, suspected of some petty robbery action in town. When he gets back to his trailer, two other men are looking for his dad. He tells them off.

    Inside the trailer, he's surprised to find Mozel sitting down all comfy like. He tells him he figures Olis is hiding out in the woods and he's not looking forward to going in after him. Mozel leaves some cash on the table and tells him there's life after football and to come see him once he figures that out. Later on Ol' Big comes by to visit and to watch the game on TV. Olis shows up, not too happy that his son has let a black man into his trailer, and when Olis smacks his son, Ol' Big, blind as he might be, goes all Bufford Pusser on his racist ass. Euless proves then and there that he's got plenty of fight in him and Olis is sent packing.

    The next time we see Euless he's on the field and doing just fine. That old familiar dog shows up and Euless tells Ol' Big that his foot feels like it's in a wasp's nest but there's no way the kid is going to quit. The game doesn't end well though, not for the Rebs and not for Euless - he's determined that his football career will not end with this loss. But with his dad gone he's got bills to pay and he's not sure how to make that happen…

    How, or even if, this is going to tie into the first story arc remains to be seen, but we're obviously witnessing the rise of the boy who will become the man who winds up running the town. Beaten down and screwed over time and time again, it's easy to see here how young Euless Boss would wind up turning to the lifestyle we know he turns to in his adult years, the mystery comes not from where he's going but from how he'll get there. Once again, there's a lot of emphasis on his love of football, but there's more to the character development here - that passion for the sport really just results in the growth of his determination to keep at it. Things don't turn out the way he wants, we aren't going to spoil why that is, but Aaron's script takes some interesting twists here and his writing is shaping this character in interesting ways.

    Jason Latour's artwork and coloring remains as impressive and completely appropriate in this issue as it has been in the half dozen issues that came before it. His style is gritty and tough and he lays out the panels in really interesting, effective ways. Those football scenes have some legitimate impact. When Euless gets hurt, you can almost feel it. And when he and Ol' Big dish it out to nasty old Olis, you can feel that too. This is a series that pulls no punches, it's a consistently excellent mix of drama, action and rock solid character development and it should be fascinating to see where it goes from here.
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