Southern Bastards #3

Southern Bastards #3

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jason Latour Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 24
9.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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Earl Tubb's one-man war to clean up Craw County begins to rage out of control, as it claims its first casualty.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Jul 1, 2014

    Southern Bastards isn't a history lesson. There's no hot air hemming and hawing about its lofty sense of self. It's a book about action- actions taken and not- and the power of letting that action speak for itself. Inner turmoil, it turns out, is something that a place can experience just as well as a man. And legacy is turmoil's record book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 7, 2014

    Combined with the roughly hewn yet highly emotive style of Jason Latour's art in both line and color, this title is quickly becoming the title that should not be missed for 2014. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 2, 2014

    Our hero has laid down the challenge against the Big Bad Boss, and his erstwhile sidekick is in danger. I foresee a whole lot of ass-kickin' and stick-hittin' going on in the near future, and I'm not going to stand by and not read that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli Jul 8, 2014

    Jason Aaron is smart to address the motivation of Earl. It's not just mindless country violence, Earl needs a purpose, to live for something, whether it's stepping out of daddy's shadow, or not just going trough the motions of his life in Birmingham, and he's even coming to terms with that: "You're dead." "Nah. For the first time in forever" I don't think I am." Well, cast my vote for Tad as my favorite new sidekick. If that all isn't good enough, there's even a Country Fried Lettercol and a Fried Apple Pie recipe courtesy of Mama Aaron! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 3, 2014

    Three issues in and it has become clear: Southern Bastards is amazing comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Michael Cantrell Jul 3, 2014

    Overall, Southern Bastards#3was an amazing issue. It's easy as the story unfolds to get totally sucked into the world of Craw County, Alabama. The storytelling and art go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and chocolate, leaving the reader's taste buds satisfied, yet craving more. If you haven't been reading this series, you absolutely need to pick it up, especially if you're a big fan of stories likeWalking Tall. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jun 30, 2014

    All of this helps make Southern Bastards a stand out story and more than just something about macho men doing what they have to do. It's about Earl standing his ground on something for once instead of retreating from it and finally confronting the myth of his father that has metastasized like a cancer throughout the entire town. Additionally the artwork is really good and Esaw, Coach Boss's main lieutenant has proven himself to be a truly terrifying bastard that's like the southern lovechild of Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist and Biff Tannen from the dark future in Back To The Future Part 2. Great characters driving a great story with great artwork all make Southern Bastards #3 a must read, recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Jun 30, 2014

    Authentic, gritty, dangerous and compelling as hell, SOUTHERN BASTARDS is a wicked southern tale that will not let up. Aaron and Latour have something truly special here and with each passing issue, it only serves to get better. Moreover, Aaron and Latour know how to provoke all of our emotions, from the most mundane to the darkest, and we just have to love them for it, month in and month out. Now, grab me some fried chicken and let's watch the game, you bastards. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jul 4, 2014

    All in all issue 3 is beginning to draw the meat out of the story; this is feels like a good move to keep the pacing of the narrative on point. Southern Bastards is fast becoming one of the best books I read and with a recipe for Deep Fried Apple Pie at the end of the story what else could you ask for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 2, 2014

    Southern Bastards #3 is a gritty, full of personality issue. It's slow moving, but in the grand scheme of things, that barely matters for a comic like this. The writing is so good on almost every level and the artwork only adds to that. Just a really good comic that I'm excited to see how it'll end its first arc next time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 2, 2014

    Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and mans innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter@epicswitzeror reached via email Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 5, 2014

    Southern Bastards is a great read. It feels like these characters are real and are written in a very realistic way. The book moves quickly and establishes the motives and counter-motives quickly. This is the kind of book where it leaves you wanting more at the end of each issue and that is a good thing. I highly recommend checking this comic book out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 1, 2014

    It looks like Earl has really made life difficult for himself as Southern Bastards takes a exciting twist with shocking consequences. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 1, 2014

    The Jasons continue to be agreat team as they mix honest writing with gritty artwork. The first two pages of this issue are everything you need to know about this series, and will surely get anyone hooked. Delivering a violent and human story, Southern Bastards is quietly telling the story of a father and son's relationship and how growing up means gaining understanding.Continue to support these guys, and support this comic, and don't miss the back pages where they share Jason Aaron's mom'srecipe for fried apple pies. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 3, 2014

    Southern Bastards is great, and issue #3 is another solid instalment in this first arc ‘Here Was a Man'. The story is simple but really interesting, and is totally different from anything else I'm reading at the moment. The first two issues have been reprinted (I think), so pick this up and track them down (or wait for the first arc to be collected in trade paperback in a few months) at your local comic book shop, or grab all 3 digitally. Now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jul 3, 2014

    The story comes to an ending that readers will despise and simultaneously love. This is good writing. From a mile away, Aaron telegraphs what is bound to happen in the final moments of this issue as Esaw and his boys are sent to be rid of the distraction. Latour continues to shape this entire world in a way that feels slightly broken, decaying. There is very little to admire in the way of conventional beauty in this book. Scenes like the empty room at Boss BBQ and the deep shadows that stretch across the final panels all strike an emotion that remains consistent with the script. Aaron and Latour, as a team, deliver a great, unified tone that continues to make this story so successful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lilith Wood Jul 7, 2014

    Southern Bastards doesn’t have to be just a tall tale or an awesome spectacle. It could be more. The story isn’t that far-fetched; small towns get this dark. But it’s not scary unless we can see who is scared and why. I think Aaron and Latour are capable of showing us Craw County in a way that would make this story as personal to us as it is to them. They have said their comic book is influenced by Southern literature, and I think it has the potential to be Southern literature. Read Full Review

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