SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 Review


How much change can happen in 40 years? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick. From the acclaimed team of JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR, the same bastards who brought you Scalped and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, comes a southern fried crime series that’s like the Dukes of Hazzard meets the Coen Brothers…on meth.

Southern Bastards #1 variantSouthern Bastards is the latest in Image’s long line of highly anticipated creator owned series featuring yet another high profile writer. The story of Sothern Bastards is one of change showing just how vast a town can change in the space of 40 years and how the actions of one resident who’s unwilling to go with the flow may cause more trouble than he’d expect.

Jason Aaron does a fantastic job of creating a realistic and intriguing tale that has a lot of depth. He also does a brilliant job of introducing us to this world as though it’s not as elaborate or fascinating as some we see in comics it does have a certain charm to it. I also love how Aaron gives a history to the main character, showing how his past and the actions of his father have shaped him into the man he is today. Despite all this the issue doesn’t give us a fundamental path in which the story is going in with it taking a while to show any promise of future development. I do however feel very confident that Aaron will work off this great start and give us a truly captivating series in the long run.

We get yet another Jason working on this title with the fabulous Jason Latour providing the artwork for this series. His gritty style is perfectly suited to this title giving the kind of look that a series titled Southern Bastards needs. It’d however be Latour’s awesome layouts that I’d love the most with them giving real depth and tone to this story, helping to highlight certain areas of the story. He also captured the emotion of the characters perfectly as well, adding yet more realism to this opening issue. Added to this Latour also gives a tremendous finish to his art with his outstanding colour pallet.

Southern Bastards gets off to a great start as though there’s still a little work needed before it matches the hype it’s produces I certainly see it reaching that soon. Highly recommended.

OUR RATING
8.5
  • + Jason Aaron kicks of a gripping realistic story about change.
  • + Gritty art from Jason Latour.
  • + Interesting characters.
  • - Took a while to kick into the main story.

S#!T Talking Central

  • Steven Mckee

    Fantastic review

    Can’t wait to read this.