A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommend Southern Bastards Vol.1: Here was a man
Southern Bastards is a gritty crime drama set in Alabama, written by JAson Aaron and drawn by jasonlatour . The story features Earl Tubb, a middle-aged former marine with a face like the front of a Mack truck, who returns to his Craw County hometown after 40 years away, to pack up his old family home. Earl had left town to flee the shadow of his father, Bert Tubb, a larger-than-life county sheriff who seems to have been modeled after Buford Pusser of “Walking Tall” fame, including his own Big Stick for cracking criminal heads.
Intending to stay in Craw County for only three days, Earl finds himself drawn into sticking around after he steps in to stop an execution by the local crime racket. Tubb soon begins to realize the scope of the violence, led by a High School football coach whose influence keeps the entire town under his thumb. With the locals united against him, Tubb faces an internal struggle between his father’s looming legacy and his own desire to once again get out of town and not look back.
Southern Bastards shares a lot in common with Jason Aaron’s previous crime book, Scalped, which is also highly recommended. Both feature an insular community under the violent sway of an influential leader, and the return of a “prodigal son” who sticks its nose where it may not belong. Both books also focus on local history and family ties, though, and this is where the differences shine through; for both Scalped and Southern Bastards, the sense of place is palpable, and the settings themselves become powerful main characters in the stories. Aaron and Latour were both raised in the South, and their brilliant characterizations and attention to details bring Craw County marvelously to life.
For anyone who enjoys a good violent crime drama with a side of grits and an ice-cold glass of sweet tea, Southern Bastards is highly recommended.
A comiXologist Recommends:
Kate Kasenow recommends Thor #1
I will be the first to admit that Thor has never been one of my faves. That isn’t to say I didn’t like him, just that he’d never done anything to show up on my radar. Then came Thor: The Mighty Avenger, from Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee (chrissamnee), and I was intrigued. Shortly after, the Thor movie debuted, with all its wit and charm. The final straw however, was the release of Thor: God of Thunder, written by Jason Aaron with lead artist Esad Ribic. This series literally combined the past, present, and future of Thor to expose not only a powerfully endearing god, but also the struggle of a hero to be worthy. It’s a truly compelling series that you should definitely read and it’s the series that’s lead me here today…to tell you about the old Thor and the new.
Written once more by the incredible Jason Aaron and illustrated by the shining talents of Russell Dauterman (russelldauterman) and colored by the continuously brilliant Matt Wilson, Thor #1 starts out not at the beginning but at the end of the Odinson’s tale. Having been mysteriously deemed unworthy by his enchanted hammer, he is distraught and rushes headlong into a situation he probably shouldn’t. Old enemies are stirring and war is afoot in Midgard and the Thor we knew has lost his way. But, as the unknown figure in the last pages of the comic says, “There must always be a Thor.”
So at last we come to it. Our new Thor may still be a mystery, but it’s obvious that she’s ready to take over for the Odinson while he rediscovers what it means to be worthy.
There’s been much controversy surrounding the shift from the male Odinson to a female Thor, but what really matters is knowing will always be at least one deity ready to hit frost giants in the face with a hammer at the drop of a prayer.
Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.
It was a time of great change. A time when heroes fell. And worlds burned. A time of war and sacrifice. Of upheaval. Of cosmic decay. A time when even the greatest of all the gods…
…was laid low.
Earlier this summer, Marvel announced a huge change to the iconic Thor comic series: the new Thor would be a woman.
Anatomy of a page: Edward Scissorhands #1 page 1. Breakdowns, pencils, inks, and colors by Drew Rausch; words by Kate Leth.