The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 from Image Comics. Jason Aaron writes, and Jason Latour draws and colors.

Earl Tubb has a tough job ahead of him – he has to pack up his family’s home in the hometown he hasn’t seen in forty years. The town hasn’t fared well, and is in dire need of some clean-up. Earl’s father did it once before when he was the sheriff, and it looks like it may fall to Earl to do it now. But the roots of the corruption run deep.

Storywise this is a solid beginning. Earl is likeable from the start, and the boss’ flunkies are most obviously not. For me the tree is the cool part of this issue; since we don’t meet the boss, the tree is the closest thing we have to a villain, and Earl’s interactions with it establish his character well. (The kid’s t-shirt is also really cool.) The silent panels also give us a lot of story and background, which is a nice touch.

Don’t get the idea that this is just another redneck adventure story. There is more depth in this story than that, and I’m excited to see it unfold.

SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 is available now at your FLCS or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )