Southern Bastards : Here Was a Man Volume 1 Paperback
by Jason Aaron
Earl Tubb is an angry old man with a very big stick.
Euless Boss is a high school football coach with no more room in his office for trophies and no more room underneath the bleachers for burying bodies. And they're just two of the folks you'll meet in Castor County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin' Rebs and more bastards than you've ever seen! "What does old Earl Tubb do when he returns home to Craw County, Ala., only to find the place a veritable criminal fiefdom run by Euless Boss, the local high school football coach?
Why, pick up the stick helpfully cleaved by lightning from a tree growing out of his daddy's grave and start meting out justice just like his father, the old sheriff, did.
In the cleaning-up-the-dirty-old-town Southern-fried pulper, writer Aaron (Scalped) and artist Jason Latour (Django Unchained) spread around no more story than is absolutely necessary, and most of it involves people being at the wrong end of a stick, baseball bat, or even (in an early fight scene) a deep-fryer basket. Both Jasons hail from the South, as they discuss in a particularly bighearted introduction, and so likely feel unencumbered by concerns about overdosing on cliches.
Thus, the high-impact pages are strewn with bruising high school football, sweet tea, barbecue, trucker caps, and snarling rednecks.
The story, in which Tubb clobbers his way through throngs of underlings to get at Boss, is no more complicated than a redo of Walking Tall.
But there's a thread of something deeper, bloodier, and more resonant that often transcends the usual psychotic-redneck shtick, aided in no small part by Latour's spare, elegant art." (Publishers Weekly).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, chiefly illustrations (colour)
- Publisher: Image Comics
- Publication Date: 14/10/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781632150165
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by Artymedon
Splendid script and story telling of the deep Southern United States in the Noir style. In a special edition from the Heroes Convention Charlotte, NC, signed by the Author with a silver marker on the cover. Superb story.
Review by poetontheone
A graphic novel steeped in the crime genre with a big helping of inhospitable Southerners. The terse prose and red and rusty coloring keeps slow but sweltering, pounding momentum of good suspense. This first trade volume introduces Earl Tubbs and Coach Boos, the antagonism between the two only set to build. Tubbs isn't Clint Eastwood, and Coach Boss isn't the typical untouchable villain of superhero or even crime comics. The story is gritty and real. These angry, broken people and their bloodshed brought to life by Aaron and Latour aren't too far into the realm of imagination, the astonishing detail here by both writer and artist sets them just beyond the boundaries of everyday life, and that give this series all the potential to become intense and utterly twisted. I'm excited for the next trade, and I am hoping my excitement will be rewarded. If this series continues at this caliber, I'll switch to single issues to sate my anticipation. If you like gritty, raw storytelling and lots of blood when it comes to comics, give this a try.
Review by EnidaV
I've now realized that I loved Jason Aaron's earlier series Scalped so much mostly because of the spectacular artwork by R.M. Guera. Without Guera's illustrations the violence is, well - kind of boring. It seems like a third of the comic is people beating other people half to death. And Scalped a great story that made the violence make sense whereas in Southern Bastards the violence seems to be the point and the story's just a loose framework to justify lots and lots of meaty, bloody beatings.Big disappointment!