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Southern Bastards #1 - Here Was a Man, Part One Review

5

Gritty. Violent. Southern-fried. Get these Bastards on your pull list right quick.

SOUTHERN BASTARDS hits stands on April 30th.

The Good

Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour serve up a brand-new Image #1 with SOUTHERN BASTARDS, a down-home slice of old wounds, brutal violence, and the kind of grudges only Southerners can hold. It's a love letter to the rougher side of the South, tinged with just the right amount of spite and just the right amount of respect.

We're brought into the story by way of a moving truck, carrying with it one Earl Tubb and a load of emotional baggage. Tubb's father -- whose gravestone reads quite plainly, "Here was a man" -- was a tall-walking brute of a lawman, complete with legendary one-man-versus-a-gang story, and Tubb himself hasn't been around town for forty years. We're not quite sure yet why he left or what the town grew into in his absence, but the hints we've gotten about the folks of Craw County suggest that there's a hell of a story for us to drink in.

LaTour choreographs rough, teeth-splitting violence with a precision that's downright creepy. Every hit is utterly brutal, but his panels play out like a dance, snapshots of gut shots spliced with axe-cracks and dog barks. And in the calmer scenes, LaTour immerses us in a grimy little town populated by a host of unsavory (or unsatisfied) folks. Every last detail -- from the mixed collection of church and football signs to Bertrand Tubb's evocatively simple headstone to the checkered tablecloths and sweet tea -- is a perfect tone-setter.

I'm hooked. I'm into this place. I don't want to live there, but I sure do want to see how things play out with Earl and Boss.

The Bad

Nothing to complain about, except that now I have a hankering for fried pie, and I didn't even know that fried pie was a thing until I read this. Thanks a lot, fellas.

The Verdict

Grit, grizzle, and Dixie justice make SOUTHERN BASTARDS the next book you'll be lining up for seconds of. Its debut is a well-crafted blend of groundwork-laying, pawn-setting, and good old-fashioned violence. Aaron and LaTour spin up a setting that's remarkably different from anything else on stands, and they do it with impeccable attention to tone and detail. And sweet tea.

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@jdp180: Maybe it's an Alabama thing

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Posted By Cuboid

Pretty sweet first issue.

This is an ongoing series, eh? Not limited?

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Posted By ms-lola

Great first issue.

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Posted By jdp180

Pretty good solid first issue. As a southerner myself, from Georgia, this feels like a book I have to give a shot at. Never heard of fried pie. That's a new one.

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Any new book that starts with a dog taking a dump by a no dumping sign has to be good, right? Right, this was an excellent first issue. I can easily see this going to the top of my favorites. Another massive hit for Image, Aaron, and Latour.

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Damn, this is going to be a tough one to beat. Helluva first issue.

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Posted By the_tree

If this is anywhere near Scalped in terms of style or story, then this is a must have for me. I'm definitely gonna check it out.

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Posted By davidgrantlloyd

Glad I pre-ordered this!

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Posted By Cuboid

Looking forward to checking this out.

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Posted By poorcomicbookguy

Forgot all about this, dang it,!

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Posted By bladewolf

I get the feeling this'll sell out quick...wish I'd reserved it. Worst case scenario, I'll trade wait.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

Already on my pull list. Kind of reminds me of Preacher.

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Posted By longbowhunter

Hope this isnt sold out tomorrow. Forgot to add it to my pull.

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Can't wait

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Posted By brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

Woo! Hopefully gonna pick this up & maybe even meet Jason Latour (!?) at my FCBD event this Saturday.

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Posted By manwithoutshame

Looking forward to getting this. Scalped was so damn good how could I not?

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Posted By roboadmiral

Sigh. . . looks like my list of things to read just a little longer.

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Posted By Billy Batson

You should check out Aaron's Scalped if you haven't already.

BB

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Been waiting in this since I read the image previews! Can't wait to pick it up.

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Posted By Nahuel

I was planning on buying this, but your review reassured that.

Cheers!

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

Excellent. I was fully intending to check this out.