Southern Bastards 1-4 

Southern Bastards is about being stubborn for the right reasons – and I almost missed out on an incredible story for all the wrong. Here’s my article on finding this book

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I can be very stubborn much to my detriment. Sometimes I dig in and hold fast for no good reason other than I think I know what I don’t like and you can’t tell me otherwise. That’s Southern Bastards.

I read the solicitations. Southern town that lives and breathes based off their high school football team. No sir, not for me. You tried to get me to watch Friday Night Lights. Not interested. I didn’t watch high school football when I was in high school – why do I want to be force-fed your contrived drama now? I’ll pass.

Southern Bastards #1 was getting rave reviews. The owner of my local comic shop wouldn’t shut up about it. I knew he followed sports – this was a ploy to get me to care. I knew better. I wasn’t falling for this trap. I held the line, like the defense at the goal line – 4th down and one – or something like that.

I ignored the new Image Comics title from the two Jasons – Aaron and Latour – week two and three and four. I don’t want to read about football and the silly locals that live and die by what teenagers do on the field. Not interested. Until…

Southern Bastards #2 hit the stores. I saw that my local shop still had some number ones on the wall. I knew I wouldn’t like it, but since he had both issues maybe I should take a chance.If nothing else Jason Latour’s art was amazing to look at. Even if I’m reading Any Given Sunday, it’s great to look at.

Boy, was I an idiot – always thinking I know best.

Southern Bastards revolves around a town that finds its identity in their high school football team, the Runnin’ Rebs,  but has much more to do about the bastards that live there and the one man who tried his damnedest to escape the small-town corruption. Earl Tubb thought he could come back to Craw County, Alabama to take care of a little business and leave but the injustice that he witnesses on the day that he returns (and that his father fought as sheriff way back when) makes Earl’s homecoming last a bit longer than he expected.

Sure there’s football insomuch as the Reb’s head coach, Euless Boss, is also the bastard that’s running the town. Townsfolk won’t cross him and the police take orders from him. The only one that will stand up to The Boss is the man that left the county over forty years ago; who’s too old to take on this battle; who’s got too much too lose to deal with such small-town BS. But Earl’s a good man, and dammit, Jason Aaron writes him so good that you just get sucked into to his drama.

I don’t root for sports teams, but I cheered for Earl. He threw the hail-mary pass and paid for it. The stray dog (who gets his day in issue 4) and I believed in Earl. The righteous have to win. But the end of the first arc of Southern Bastards rightfully named “Here Was A Man” may say otherwise. Can the ingrained, inbred, entrenched politics of a southern small town be overturned by an outsider? God, I hope so.

If you were as stubborn as me and looked the other way as Jason Aaron skillfully kicked off this southern-fried crime book and Jason Latour drew the hell out of the action and injustice, now’s  your time to repent. All four issues of the first arc are out now and the always reasonably-priced Image trade ($9.99) hits shelves on October 14. This isn’t a story about football, it’s about justice and redemption and being someone who you never thought you could (or have to) be. It’s about being stubborn for the right reasons – and I almost missed out on an incredible story for all the wrong.

RWG Approved: Southern Bastards
RWG Approved is a new feature focusing on full runs of recent work.  While our staff frequently covers first issues, it’s difficult at times to keep up with the sheer volume of comics published each week.  Often we find ourselves revisiting completed story-arcs of work that we rated very early on and wishing we could say just a little bit more about the series as a whole.  This column will take a second look at exceptional comics after they finish their first arc and provide a long-view perspective.  Consider books here RWG APPROVED!
My review of a very strong opening two issues of Spread
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Spread #2 Image Comics Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Kyle Strahm
It’s like jam on a horror-fan’s toast
I’m always on the lookout for a good horror comic especially when one I’ve loved so much (Synder & Murphy’s The Wake) just finished its run. Last month Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Dead Body Road) and Kyle Strahm introduced us to the bloody-red world of the Spread and this week the second issue of Spread hit stands. I was really on-board with the debut and was excited to see how Jordan was going to expand this world (and I still see a few #1’s in the store, so you can pick both up if you stop in this week).
In the first issue we saw the Earth is as a desolate, desperate place where not much has survived since the emergence of the Spread, a living tentacle-laden underground dwelling shape-shifting monster. Up front I want to praise Felipe Sobreiro on colors - the world is so dull and lifeless while the Spread is a stunning red - the contrast works great in this book.
The story is narrated by the future version of Hope, the baby we see on the front cover of issue 1. Shades of how one of the most popular Image books of late, Saga, is narrated (and Jordan actually calls attention to this in the notes in the back of the book) and in Spread it makes sense as our hero No (yup, Hope calls him No due to his retorts when he is confronted with the Spread or other humans that aim to kill) is a man of few words - so it would be weird to have him be all talky with the narrative while he says little in action. Its use here is not a copy or homage, but necessary and I believe it works well.
No comes across a mortally-wounded woman who begs him to retrieve “Hope” from the gang of thugs that attacked her. He makes short work of the gang and finds Hope, a little baby, but has disturbed the Spread which is now in pursuit. In the final pages of issue 1 we find the importance of the child, as its tears were able to destroy the Spread.
Issue 2 does a good job helping to get our bearings in this new Spread-full world. We get to see some more of the surviving inhabitants of Earth, a mutilated band of humans with an “untouched” charismatic leader, roaming slavers that barter for goods or humans, and a mysterious, seemingly Spread-infected man who is following No and Hope. Hope’s bodily fluids once again prove invaluable to No in another big battle with the Spread. Who ever thought baby drool could be so useful.
No and Hope also gain a new member to their party - someone that will help the wee-one survive (No’s reaction shot to this new person on the last panel of the last page is priceless). As in issue 1, Kyle Strahm kills it with the art. The Spread comes in many different varieties and the details that he puts into the interior of this book are amazing (plus the look on the baby’s face on the first issue cover is one of the cutest things I’ve seen). The contrasting colors once again show the power the Spread has verses the rest of the world.
Horror comic fans rejoice as I think we have another winner here and I can’t wait to learn what else Justin Jordan has to spread into this bleak world.
-Walt Keegan

My review of a very strong opening two issues of Spread

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Spread #2
Image Comics
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Kyle Strahm

It’s like jam on a horror-fan’s toast

I’m always on the lookout for a good horror comic especially when one I’ve loved so much (Synder & Murphy’s The Wake) just finished its run. Last month Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Dead Body Road) and Kyle Strahm introduced us to the bloody-red world of the Spread and this week the second issue of Spread hit stands. I was really on-board with the debut and was excited to see how Jordan was going to expand this world (and I still see a few #1’s in the store, so you can pick both up if you stop in this week).

In the first issue we saw the Earth is as a desolate, desperate place where not much has survived since the emergence of the Spread, a living tentacle-laden underground dwelling shape-shifting monster. Up front I want to praise Felipe Sobreiro on colors - the world is so dull and lifeless while the Spread is a stunning red - the contrast works great in this book.

The story is narrated by the future version of Hope, the baby we see on the front cover of issue 1. Shades of how one of the most popular Image books of late, Saga, is narrated (and Jordan actually calls attention to this in the notes in the back of the book) and in Spread it makes sense as our hero No (yup, Hope calls him No due to his retorts when he is confronted with the Spread or other humans that aim to kill) is a man of few words - so it would be weird to have him be all talky with the narrative while he says little in action. Its use here is not a copy or homage, but necessary and I believe it works well.

No comes across a mortally-wounded woman who begs him to retrieve “Hope” from the gang of thugs that attacked her. He makes short work of the gang and finds Hope, a little baby, but has disturbed the Spread which is now in pursuit. In the final pages of issue 1 we find the importance of the child, as its tears were able to destroy the Spread.

Issue 2 does a good job helping to get our bearings in this new Spread-full world. We get to see some more of the surviving inhabitants of Earth, a mutilated band of humans with an “untouched” charismatic leader, roaming slavers that barter for goods or humans, and a mysterious, seemingly Spread-infected man who is following No and Hope. Hope’s bodily fluids once again prove invaluable to No in another big battle with the Spread. Who ever thought baby drool could be so useful.

No and Hope also gain a new member to their party - someone that will help the wee-one survive (No’s reaction shot to this new person on the last panel of the last page is priceless). As in issue 1, Kyle Strahm kills it with the art. The Spread comes in many different varieties and the details that he puts into the interior of this book are amazing (plus the look on the baby’s face on the first issue cover is one of the cutest things I’ve seen). The contrasting colors once again show the power the Spread has verses the rest of the world.

Horror comic fans rejoice as I think we have another winner here and I can’t wait to learn what else Justin Jordan has to spread into this bleak world.

-Walt Keegan

Cosplay - Guinness the Pug as “Pug Dredd”

Thanks to Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas, Guinness has a new character to cosplay - Pug Dredd - introduced in the final issue of “Judge Dredd: Mega City Two - City of Courts.”

The comic intro panel (shown above) gave me inspiration to quickly put together a Judge helmet for Guinn made from a hollowed out styrofoam  wig head. I would need to hollow it a bit more as the visor doesn’t quite fit over his bulgy eyes!

I’ll probably do some cleanup on the helmet and then put it on the shelf for whenever he gets the urge to be the law.

Just received the first original comic book artwork I’ve ever bought today. These are from an amazing artist named Juan Ferreyra.

I used to read comics back when I was a kid - Marvel mostly - and only over the past 2+ years did I start getting back into it again (25 years later). While I gravitated towards Spider-Man again I wanted something different too. It was books like “Saga” and “Revival” that really stirred the love of comics back in me.

Then a little book came out called “Colder.” An amazing horror comic with a cover so disturbing I couldn’t stop looking at it. The art throughout the book was incredible. This artist had that “thing,” so much detail - just amazing. That was my first introduction to Juan’s work.

I followed Juan on Twitter and he posted a picture of this beautiful ‘55 Cadillac that he was drawing. Again the detail was amazing (and cars are commonly roughly sketched by comic book artists) - but this Caddy looked to be playing a lead part.

I didn’t know what the Caddy was for, but a few months later Juan’s next book “Kiss Me Satan” hit the stands and when I turned one of the pages there was that Cadillac. Again Juan killed it in KMS.

So back in April I wanted to make my first purchase of original comic art. There’s a few artists that I really follow - Riley Rosmo (Bedlam, Drum Hellar), Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug), Chris Samnee (Daredevil), Alex Maleev (Daredevil) - but my first search was for something from Juan.

Luckily I found a site (http://www.comiconart.com) that sells art and I was browsing through what was available and I found that page - the one with the Caddy. This was it.

So I picked a few pages out and purchased them. They just showed up today and they are phenomenal. Looking at them this close - it actually gave me chills - the talent and detail - they look great on the printed comic - but seeing the raw pencils and skill involved - such respect for this work.

Thanks Juan - I’m a happy guy today with this art - now on a quest for some frames to hang these up!

-Walt

My Pull List for this week:
ALEX + ADA #06
CLONE #16
DEAD LETTERS #02
DETECTIVE COMICS #31
NAILBITER #01
ORIGINAL SIN #01
RAT QUEENS #06
REVELATIONS #05
REVENGE #03
REVIVAL #20
SHE-HULK #04
VEIL #03
WAKE #08
WOODS #01

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Main Street Comics Buzz Books for May 7
The New 52: Futures End #1 (DC) - Writer: Keith Giffen & Various | Artist: Patrick Zircher
DC intros another weekly book and this one jumps five years into the future with a time-traveling Batman Beyond leading a huge DCU cast to save the world.
Nailbiter #1 (Image) - Writer: Joshua Williamson | Artist: Mike Henderson
I’ve been excited about this title since the first time I saw it in Previews. In a town that has bred sixteen serial killers an NSA Agent must work with a serial killer nick-named “Nailbiter” to help find a missing FBI profiler and understand what makes this town so “special.”
The Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (Marvel) - Writer: Dan Slott | Artist: Ramon K. Perez
We’ve got Spidey on the brain! With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 number one at the box office this weekend and many just finishing The Amazing Spider-Man #1 mega-book last week, Marvel and Dan Slott dish up another series focusing on the first 60 days of Peter Parker after getting bitten by the radioactive spider.
The Woods #1 (Boom!) - Writer: James Tynion IV | Artist: Michael Dialynas
513 people disappear from a Milwaukee High School and find themselves light years away in another universe on a primordial planet. The book follows the missing group as they try to figure out where they are and why they are there. Gives me a bit of a LOST vibe.
Original Sin #1 (Marvel) - Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Mike Deodato
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the big Marvel summer event preface, Original Sin #0, and now I am looking forward to reading the real kick-off. Uatu, The Watcher, has been murdered and it’s going to take much of the Marvel Universe to unravel the mystery of what did The Watcher see and who did him in.

My Pull List for this week:

ALEX + ADA #06

CLONE #16

DEAD LETTERS #02

DETECTIVE COMICS #31

NAILBITER #01

ORIGINAL SIN #01

RAT QUEENS #06

REVELATIONS #05

REVENGE #03

REVIVAL #20

SHE-HULK #04

VEIL #03

WAKE #08

WOODS #01

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Main Street Comics Buzz Books for May 7

The New 52: Futures End #1 (DC) - Writer: Keith Giffen & Various | Artist: Patrick Zircher

DC intros another weekly book and this one jumps five years into the future with a time-traveling Batman Beyond leading a huge DCU cast to save the world.

Nailbiter #1 (Image) - Writer: Joshua Williamson | Artist: Mike Henderson

I’ve been excited about this title since the first time I saw it in Previews. In a town that has bred sixteen serial killers an NSA Agent must work with a serial killer nick-named “Nailbiter” to help find a missing FBI profiler and understand what makes this town so “special.”

The Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (Marvel) - Writer: Dan Slott | Artist: Ramon K. Perez

We’ve got Spidey on the brain! With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 number one at the box office this weekend and many just finishing The Amazing Spider-Man #1 mega-book last week, Marvel and Dan Slott dish up another series focusing on the first 60 days of Peter Parker after getting bitten by the radioactive spider.

The Woods #1 (Boom!) - Writer: James Tynion IV | Artist: Michael Dialynas

513 people disappear from a Milwaukee High School and find themselves light years away in another universe on a primordial planet. The book follows the missing group as they try to figure out where they are and why they are there. Gives me a bit of a LOST vibe.

Original Sin #1 (Marvel) - Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Mike Deodato

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the big Marvel summer event preface, Original Sin #0, and now I am looking forward to reading the real kick-off. Uatu, The Watcher, has been murdered and it’s going to take much of the Marvel Universe to unravel the mystery of what did The Watcher see and who did him in.

This looks soooo good.

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Main Street Comics Buzz Preview: Nailbiter #1

Really excited about this one from Image. If these six pages don’t hook you…

Story by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Mike Henderson

Colors by: Adam Guzowski

Letters by: John J. Hill

Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”

Such a great comic. So glad it’s back this month!

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Rat Queens #6 out this Wednesday! Here’s a preview.

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Rat Queens #6 Preview! We’re back in action May 7th with our brand new arc “The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth. Prepare your feels, we’re diving deep into what makes these women who they are. 

Still lots of jokes.

100% more feels.

EDIT: Now with an added page for our reminder that it comes out THIS WEDNESDAY. ARE. YOU. READY?

Crazy, busy, fun time at Main Street Comics for FCBD!

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Free Comic Book Day was a great success! Thanks to everyone that celebrated with Main Street Comics.

Daredevil 1.50 50th Anniversary Marcos Martin covers now adorn my wall.

Daredevil 1.50 50th Anniversary Marcos Martin covers now adorn my wall.

My pull list this week:
DEAD LETTERS #01
FIELD #01
JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO #03|
MONSTER & MADMAN #02
PRETTY DEADLY #05
REVIVAL #19
SECRET #07
SHE-HULK #03
STARLIGHT #02
TRILLIUM #08
VEIL #02
Inhuman #1

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Main Street Comics Buzz Books for April 2, 2014Inhuman #1 (Marvel) - Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Joe MadureiraAfter a creative shake-up and a resolicit (Matt Fraction stepping down and Charles Soule stepping in as writer) Inhuman is finally here to chronicle the new Terrigen mist-changed Earth. Marvel sees this as its new “X-Men-type” franchise and Charles Soule could be the one to pull it off.Dead Letters #1 (Boom!) - Writer: Christopher Sebela | Artist: Chris VisionsI’m always a sucker for these “Memento-like” stories - guy wakes up in a strange place, doesn’t know who he is or how he got there but he knows he’s in trouble. Along with some good-looking art by newcomer Chris Visions, this could be sleeper this week.Aquaman and the Others #1 (DC) - Writer: Dan Jurgens | Artist: Lan Medina. Edgar TadeoWe’ve watched some New 52 titles leave us of late (Animal Man, Batman: The Dark Knight) it’s good to highlight a new title. Aquaman is always the butt of jokes to the uninitiated, but the New 52 version has been kicking some tail (fins?) and this new title focuses on the King of Atlantis and his teammates.The Field #1 (of 4) (Image) - Writer: Ed Brisson | Artist: Simon RoyI like Ed Brisson a lot these days (Sheltered, Comeback) so a new mini from him will end up on this list. Like Dead Letters, we have another “no memory, no idea how he got there” book - though this one looks to have some religious overtones.Batman Detective Comics #30 (DC) - Writer: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul | Artist: Francis ManapulDetective Comics gets a creative-team overhaul this month as the team from The Flash pick up the reins. Good time to hop on this title.

My pull list this week:

DEAD LETTERS #01

FIELD #01

JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO #03|

MONSTER & MADMAN #02

PRETTY DEADLY #05

REVIVAL #19

SECRET #07

SHE-HULK #03

STARLIGHT #02

TRILLIUM #08

VEIL #02

Inhuman #1

mainstreetcomics:

Main Street Comics Buzz Books for April 2, 2014

Inhuman #1 (Marvel) - Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Joe Madureira
After a creative shake-up and a resolicit (Matt Fraction stepping down and Charles Soule stepping in as writer) Inhuman is finally here to chronicle the new Terrigen mist-changed Earth. Marvel sees this as its new “X-Men-type” franchise and Charles Soule could be the one to pull it off.

Dead Letters #1 (Boom!) - Writer: Christopher Sebela | Artist: Chris Visions
I’m always a sucker for these “Memento-like” stories - guy wakes up in a strange place, doesn’t know who he is or how he got there but he knows he’s in trouble. Along with some good-looking art by newcomer Chris Visions, this could be sleeper this week.

Aquaman and the Others #1 (DC) - Writer: Dan Jurgens | Artist: Lan Medina. Edgar Tadeo
We’ve watched some New 52 titles leave us of late (Animal Man, Batman: The Dark Knight) it’s good to highlight a new title. Aquaman is always the butt of jokes to the uninitiated, but the New 52 version has been kicking some tail (fins?) and this new title focuses on the King of Atlantis and his teammates.

The Field #1 (of 4) (Image) - Writer: Ed Brisson | Artist: Simon Roy
I like Ed Brisson a lot these days (Sheltered, Comeback) so a new mini from him will end up on this list. Like Dead Letters, we have another “no memory, no idea how he got there” book - though this one looks to have some religious overtones.

Batman Detective Comics #30 (DC) - Writer: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul | Artist: Francis Manapul
Detective Comics gets a creative-team overhaul this month as the team from The Flash pick up the reins. Good time to hop on this title.

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