Grab a platter of ribs & a pitcher of sweet-tea and settle in for a Southern Bastards #LongReads w/ Volume One: Here Was A Man
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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.
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.