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Southern Bastards #10

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  • Southern Bastards #10

    Southern Bastards #10
    Released by: Image Comics
    Released on: July 29th, 2015
    Writer: Jason Aaron
    Artist: Jason Latour
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    Hey, shit. We didn't review issue #9. I think it came out when I was on vacation. Either way, sorry about that. But now issue #10 of one of the best comics on the racks is here - issue #8 ended with a crazy finale, one that made some jaws drop. What happened in issue #9? In short, it goes back to the events that take place AFTER Earl Tubbs' death and Big is feeling terrible about it. But we know what happened to him…. to Big. Coach Boss is getting ready for the big game, but he knows his mentor was murdered, or so he tells the sheriff. Flashbacks show us what happened to the sheriff, his connection to Boss, his life after high school and more.

    So yeah, #10 picks up there. Homecoming week - The Rebs are set to square off against their rivals. Coach Big is dead. The Sheriff is hitting the bottle and Coach Boss is just about as pissed off as he can be. But first we've got to see what happened to Donny Ray, who felt the need to share the word of the Lord with the local whores. He did so one day when Esaw was doing his thing at the establishment and who winds up going on a bank run with the guy. Gotta get new pads for the team. Then he brings the poor shit to meet Boss, who doesn't want anything to do with him. He does, however, need a new defensive plan with Big out of the picture and so he gives Esaw a shot at it.

    Esaw sets out to create a defensive plan that will allow him to 'unleash Hell' but it turns out there's more books involved than he thought. Soon enough, we learn the real reason that Esaw brought 'Bible Boy' out along with him. This won't end well.

    Esaw's got issues.

    And boy, does he ever. This one hits as hard as anything that's come before it and the series' hard edged approach to storytelling has yet to lose its touch. Jason Aaron continues to create fascinating and believable characters, as Earthy as dirt they are. That's a good thing. These people could be real, the things they do could happen - you never feel like this is taking place in a fantasy world. Fantasy worlds are fine and all but it wouldn't work here, the series needs to stay grounded and it does, but it has still got plenty of kick. Introducing Donny Ray, a man whose intentions are pure and who wanders not from the path of the righteous even in the most tumultuous of times, is a nice touch here - it'll be interesting to see if he sticks around or if his role here was a one-off.

    Jason Latour's art continues to be the perfect complement to the hardboiled storytelling. He sticks to the heavy black and red style that he's been using since the first issue but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. These two work really well together. There's also some pretty intense panel layouts in the big finish here, the way that violence is portrayed has a bit more of a wallop behind it than you might expect.

    The more time you spend with this series, the more you'll love it. Oh, and as always, read the letters column. There's some good stuff in there that would be easy to look past. Zubaz!
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