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.
Jason Aaron & Esad Ribic’s run on Thor: God of Thunder was one of my favorite comics in recent history. Gorr The God Butcher is one of the most interesting and multifaceted villains in a long while & if you haven’t read his 12-issue arc you’re really missing out.
A comiXologist Recommends:
Jonah Chuang recommends Thor: God of Thunder #23
Thor: God of Thunder is one of the most worthwhile series of the Marvel.NOW line. Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic are absolutely killing it with their brutal but relatable portrayals of Thor and the cultures of the Nine Realms.
If you haven’t been following along, this series follows two different Thors— King Thor, the All-Father, from the far future and present-day Thor. Both are fighting for the fate of the planet, but in very different ways. All-Father Thor battles against Galactus for the shriveled up husk of Earth, while Thor-of-today struggles against the Roxxon Energy Corp for the future of Broxxton, Oklahoma, the town where the Asgardians have settled after the destruction of Asgard.
The present-day Thor’s story is full of intrigue. There’s a good amount of environmental and corporate commentary. It’s interesting to see Thor, the Avenger, with all his power, stand helpless against corporate lawyers. In this issue, Thor’s adversaries are given physical form in the form of Ulik the Troll and the Minotaur so that Thor can finally bash corporate greed in the face with his hammer.
King Thor’s story is my favorite of the two, mostly because of the involvement of his granddaughters. Atli, Ellisiv, and Frigg first appeared in the Godbomb arc and embody everything you love about the young, brash, brutal Thor from days past. This storyline also shows has the most epic fight scenes, with All-Father Thor just wailing on the massive Galactus. Thor fans might remember being disappointed by the theoretical nature of the Odin vs. Galactus fight back in Mighty Thor as it mostly took place on higher planes. This is not that. It’s the knock-down, drag-out fight you’ve always wanted to see the God of Thunder take part in.
Jonah Chuang is a production coordinator assistant at comiXology. He owns four Mjolnir replicas and was Loki for Halloween in 2011.
The #LateNightReads recommendation for tonight is the opening chapter to Jason Aaron & jasonlatour's gritty, southern-fried, Southern Bastards (southernbastards)! As a transplanted southern boy myself, this comic made me ache for the sweet lands of pecan pies, sweet tea, and bbq everything, but much as Early Tubb’s quickly learns, you truly can’t come home again.
It’s early, but I reckon this one’s for fans of things like Breaking Bad or True Detective or anyone who doesn’t mind a little gristle between their teeth.
Is anyone ready to talk about the time Thor hit Galactus so hard he puked and then Galactus hit Thor so hard he went through the entire planet and broke the moon?
This is from Thor: God of Thunder #21 by the way, and it’s amazing.
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↳Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron
In the distant past, Thor follows the bloody wake of murdered gods. In the present, the Thunder God discovers a forgotten cave that echoes with the cries of tortured gods! And thousands of years from now, the last god-king of a ruined Asgard makes his final stand against the God Butcher’s beserker legions. As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape!
Jason Aaron’s run on Thor has been one of the most amazing things to come out of Marvel NOW! The God Butcher/God Bomb arc had my jaw on the ground with every page return and Gorr is one of the best villains I have ever read. If you haven’t read it yet how about binging on it this weekend?
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