Southern Bastards #2 Review

Can Earl just pack up and leave or will his good nature win over and make him continue his fathers work? Read on to find out

The official description from Image:

It’s Friday night in Craw County, Alabama. Which means Coach Euless Boss is walking the sidelines like a god. And somebody is fixin’ to die.

SouthernBastards02_Page3Southern Bastards got of to a terrific start as though it wasn’t one of the best openings I’ve ever read it was one of the most intriguing, grabbing my attention. Now we return for the second issue and everything that I enjoyed about the first remains. Unfortunately however it doesn’t improve, though that’s not a bad thing as the quality is to a high standard as it is.

The realistic yet suspenseful tone that Jason Aaron has set for this series has been pure genius. The way that he introduced the main character and the corrupt town over these first couple of issues has been amazing with Earl’s sense of good along with his conflicting options making for a really gripping read. Despite this the first half of the issue had very little going on and the story still needs something to transcend it to the higher level of greatness. Nonetheless if Aaron continues to go the way he is I’m sure this will become a phenomenal series before you know it.

Jason Latour also once again brings us sensational visuals with his rough and gritty style continuing to set the perfect tone to this story. His dynamic layouts really draw you to the key parts of the story, with the character positioning and scenery playing a huge part in the overall setting of this tale. Latour also gives intense facial expressions with Earl’s interactions adding a lot of drama visually. All this along with his astonishing colour pallet make for a series that is just as enjoyable visually as it is context wise.

Southern Bastards follows up nicely from it’s tremendous opening and though there is some room for improvement the overall quality is still to a high standard making it a no brainier to recommend.

  • + Jason Aaron is setting up what looks to be an awesome story.
  • + Jason Latour's gritty art is purely amazing.
  • + One of the most realistic comics I've read.
  • - Not a huge amount of content in the first half.

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