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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.
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Michael Crowe recommends Roche Limit #1 by michael-moreci & vicmalhotra
Roche Limit is unlike any other place in the universe. A small space colony situated on the edge of a massive and mysterious energy anomaly, it is home to countless terran transplants. First envisioned as a waypoint to greater exploration, the colony has since descended into lawlessness.
Set against this backdrop, writer Michael Moreci guides us through the seedy underbelly of this frontier city, giving us a glimpse of life on the fringe. The heart of this narrative is rooted in mystery, wrapped in noir, with the neon glow of cyberpunk encasing it all. Nothing is as it seems and every question answered is two steps forward, one step back. The sudden disappearance of Bekkah Hudson catapults her sister into this world and sends her on journey for answers. But Bekkah isn’t the only girl missing, and her sister isn’t the only one with questions. Where these questions lead is anyone’s guess, but in a place like this, they might go better unanswered.
The art, by Vic Malhotra, is rich and detailed. Vic effortlessly creates a world that is both remarkable yet average. It is a place, seemingly a few minutes in the future, yet unimaginable in our lifetimes. The neon colors and lights of the city beguile its dark secrets. The character designs mirror this vibrancy, while little details illuminate their inner workings. Vic’s diagrams and posters also add to the depth of this world. Together, Michel Moreci and Vic Malhotra have birthed a new and exciting series sure to capture the hearts and minds of scifi and mystery readers a like. For more grim adventures be sure to check out Hoax Hunters written by Michael Moreci and Joe Hill’s Thumbprint illustrated by Vic Malhotra.
Michael Crowe works on the digital assets/launch team by day and writes comics and prose by night. He’s an avid consumer of comics and all things sci-fi.
Now that Manifest Destiny #6 is out, the first arc of one of the most interesting comics to debut recently has wrapped up. Matthew Roberts’ (shinolahead) art in this book is nothing short of breath-taking and if you’re not already sold just from the images above, the story has the potential of being epic in scope and quality.
In Manifest Destiny, Lewis & Clark set out on their Westward journey across America, but the new world has more than just amber waves of grain waiting for them. America turns out to be a land inhabited by magic and monsters, and it clear that the captains of this journey are keeping something from their crew.
& to celebrate comics we have a massive sale on David Lapham’s classic Stray Bullets all weekend!
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Molly Brooks recommends Copperhead #1
In Copperhead #1, Clara Bronson and her son Zeke relocate off-planet to the remote little mining town of Copperhead, so that Clara can to take over as sheriff. It’s hinted that some recent event— a tragedy? a scandal?— forced the two of them out of their previous situation, and that Copperhead is both a major step down and the best they could have expected in the circumstances. From a law enforcement perspective, at least, Copperhead immediately proves itself to be far more interesting than Clara had anticipated or hoped for.
The art and writing are both great, and work really well together to convey the disjointed sense of being ill-fitting in an unfamiliar place, while making that place feel very real. As Clara attempts to insert herself into her new role, there’s an abrasive awkwardness to every social interaction; no one is ever totally smooth or entirely in the right, and clearly absolutely no one— including Clara herself— wants her to be there. All the characters come across as fully-developed personalities with histories informing their actions, and it makes everyone super fascinating. I already care about what happens to each of them in the next issue.
Clearly the town of Copperhead is hiding many secrets, and I can’t wait to find out what they are. This is a great first issue, and I highly recommend picking it up!
Molly Brooks is an artist from nashville currently living in brooklyn. she works at comixology as a digital editor.