Southern Bastards #8

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jason Latour Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 24
9.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

The final chapter in the story of how the worst football player in Craw County rose to become “Coach Boss,” and the terrible bloody price he had to pay along the way. Don’t miss the chilling conclusion of “Gridiron,” the second arc in the seminal southern crime series.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Apr 1, 2015

    This book has been a delight every month. For a dude from Cincinnati, whose only real experience with the South has been one trip to Mississippi in high school and having to go to Simon Kenton, KY to take the SATs, this book hit me like I'm sure Deliverance hit people in the 70s. The South is mean, and majestic, and ugly, and full of capabilities for wonderful things, if you know where to look. It just doesn't always live up to those promises. Thanks for the ride, from one bastard to another; I can't wait to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Mar 31, 2015

    Southern Bastards has ended both of its first arcs with a bang and I couldn't be more eager to see how everything ends up. The first arc had me desperately rooting for revenge while this second arc leaves me with an uneasy feeling. Regardless of what happens, Southern Bastards and Craw County have left a huge impression on the world of comics. There's a very good reason why this comic has been a fan favorite and issue #8 is an issue that encompasses any and all praise this entire series has received. Don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 31, 2015

    Southern Bastards‘ second arc comes to an end, and all I can say is, “bring on the next!” Having an intense, yet dramatic tempo, this culminative chapter of Gridiron is bound to astound, with it's teasing towards the future leaving this fanboy pumped. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Mar 31, 2015

    Southern Bastards is the best the comics medium has to offer. Though entertaining and exquisitely crafted, its sum total is greater than either significant parts. Aaron and Latour have a lot on their minds, and those ideas have simmered since Southern Bastards #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    IGN - Tres Dean Apr 2, 2015

    If you aren't reading Southern Bastards, you aren't reading the best comic being published right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Apr 2, 2015

    “Southern Bastards” #8 is a fantastic single issue that caps off a great arc. The last few pages of this issue make it so that the wait for the next issue will be agonizing. June can't get here fast enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Latest Pull - Ryan Utterback Apr 4, 2015

    For my money, there is not a more engaging book on the shelves than Southern Bastards, and Issue #8 is no exception. This book is not just about football. It's about families, it's about tragedy, and it's about what a man will do to achieve greatness in a situation wherethere is so little greatness to go around. This is the penultimate issue of the second story arc, so it's not a great jumping on point for readers who haven't been keeping up with the story, but it does mean that the second trade is just around the corner giving readers a great opportunity to pick up Volumes 1 and 2and catch up on this amazing series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 2, 2015

    The collaborative team that brought us the best new comic of 2014 continues their high level of story-telling with now two powerful arcs, and a series that is showing no signs of letting up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Mar 31, 2015

    Jason Aaron and Jason Latour have given us another amazing conclusion to a Southern Bastards arc. This issue captured Euless Boss’ transformation into the man that he is and Aaron couldn’t have made it any more tragic. This is a tragic character who is also extremely intimidating and horrifying. He could potentially be the best antagonist in any series hitting the stands today thanks to Aaron’s origin story and ability to capture his voice so well. And in addition to all the terrific character work, Aaron has set-up this series’ third arc to be the best one yet. This series is a modern classic and this issue shows exactly why. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 2, 2015

    "Southern Bastards" #8 is a dynamite comic, one that gets the language of comics and tells us a dramatic, hard-to-put-down story. I'm already eager for the series' next arc to kick off this summer; Aaron and Latour's journey into rural Alabama has just gotten more terrifying and enthralling with each new installment. If you aren't reading "Southern Bastards" yet, take advantage of this break in the action and catch up. It's not just well worth it; it's bordering on required reading. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Apr 1, 2015

    Southern Bastards #8 is a great finish to this small story arc, wrapping up everything in a satisfying way and leaving off a nice scene to get you intrigued about where the book is heading from here. At best, there are only minor problems here and quite frankly, with a conclusion as good as this one, you probably won't notice a single thing. Check it out and get ready for some very bloody football. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 31, 2015

    Southern Bastards continues to raise the bar with each issue. By the end of this issue you will be more than ready to get the next issue. Now that readers are educated on Coach Boss's past, we are foaming at the mouth for the story to jump back to the present. Southern Bastards has been a series by creators on top of their game telling a story close to their heart. Because every Southern Bastards issue is better than the last, it makes readers that more excited to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Apr 5, 2015

    Southern Bastards #8 is a satisfying conclusion to the backstory of Euless Boss. Its hard to take a character who is essentially the villain and then present him in a sympathetic light. Aaron and Latour mostly achieve that, though. We may not agree with Euless but we feel for him. This issue ends with a call back to Earl Tubbs daughter, about to be dispatched home from her tour in Afghanistan. Presumably, she doesnt know whats happened to her father Earl. When she finds out, I imagine there will be a face-off with Coach Boss, which sets up the next arc of Southern Bastards to be another interesting one. Read Full Review

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