Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Recommendation: Southern Bastards

This is the last recommendation because the end of Detective Fausto approaches and with the tone of these last pages, I think this comic full of rage it’s a perfect way to say good bye: "Southern Bastards". 

 Southern Bastards is about football, barbeque and hate. For these reasons Earl Tubb left his town in Alabama and he vowed to never return, decades later Earl must return to take over thw family's residence. Tubb's father was a strong man, a sheriff with a big stick; Earl never could live up to the expectations, which still torments him. But the return of Earl does not sit well in a town that hates outsiders, Earl soon confronts the coach (and criminal boss) Euless Boss who is worshiped and feared by all. And the confrontation ends badly for Tubb. 

After these events, we discover the world Craw County. Boss coach’s past, his assistants and thugs, their enemies and the rest of the people with their southern customs. With a touch of social criticism. Even more when Tubb's daughter, Roberta Tubb, arrives to find out what happened to his father.  
The hatred is palpable in this comic, it’s in the stories as in the art, it is no coincidence that their covers are filled with red tones. It's visceral; it's impactful as a brutal tackle in a football game but as addictive as good BBQ ribs.
Southern Bastards tells the life in South America, but its themes are universal. There are many towns around the world where hate and customs blend generation after generation.

Title: Southern Bastards.
Creators: Jason Aaron and Jason Latour.
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