Southern Bastards

Southern Bastards

Here Was A Man

eBook - 2014
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Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin' Rebs football team...and more bastards than you've ever seen. When you're an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like to carry a really big stick.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Comics : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781632152190
Branch Call Number: eComic hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Latour, Jason 1977-
hoopla digital
Alternative Title: Here was a man


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Feb 10, 2020

I enjoyed this immensely. Southern Bastards Vol 1 follows the story of Earl Tubbs who returns home to his small southern town to settle the estate of his late father and becomes embroiled in the corruption and crime that dominates his home town.

[Warning, here there be spoilers]

This book is not the space for measured, small character studies. It’s full of hyperbolic pulpy goodness, but even through all the insanity (and old man wish fulfillment akin to some later days Clint Eastwood films like ‘The Mule’) I believed the characters. The vernacular (manner of speech, small town dynamics exaggerated and refracted through the logic of pulp) was interesting without being distracting. The action and pacing are solid and keep the story propelling, and there’s two bits I found especially clever:

1. The protagonist dies after facing down the villainous head coach which he was warned about multiple times making him the temporary/stealth protagonist akin to Ned Stark of game of Thrones.
2. The action is intercut with flashbacks and phone calls where the Earl is reaching out to someone, telling them what’s going on. Turns out these are all voicemails for his daughter who (one assumes) would be the protagonist of the further volumes.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you enjoy pulp.

ArapahoeChrisP Feb 02, 2018

Lots of racism and football in this book. I have a feeling those "good old boys" will be getting some payback though!

KHCPL_Doug Jan 03, 2018

I love just about everything Jason Aaron. He can do a story, even one as cliched as this one, and still make it interesting and compelling. The plot, a man returns to his hometown, doesn't want to, settles a score, wrestles with demons, and does a smack-down on the good ol' boy establishment. Not terribly original. But he does it was such style, and his characters are so flawed yet intriguing. I enjoyed every word and every panel of this graphic novel. And Mr. Aaron, thank you for scaring me out of ever going to the deep South.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

A pretty awesome first volume. An ode to the ugliness of the 'south'. Looking forward to more.

JCLEdwardR Sep 26, 2016

Local KC writer twists his Southern roots for a good ol football and crime story. Takes the readers expectations and spins it on their head. Seriously, quit reading this comment and go read this book. Then pick up the other three volumes currently in the catalog. Then all ten volumes of Scalped, another crime-fiction comic book by Jason Aaron.

ArapahoeStaff12 Aug 03, 2016

A gritty, southern, football drama. For fans of Preacher.

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