Southern Bastards #9

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jason Latour Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 23
9.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The Summer of the Bastards begins with a new arc, as the Runnin’ Rebs are gearing up for the big homecoming game against arch-rival Wetumptka County. And what better way to start homecoming week than with a murder?

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 18, 2015

    This is a series that I hope will be talked about for years to come, andthis issue has such resonance that it warrants particular attention. Newcomers should immediately pick up the first two trades and catch-up. Current fans…just get to your shop – You wont regret it! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jun 18, 2015

    There's only a few books out there that I don't want to turn the page, through fear of just what might be on the next turn, but there's only one Southern Bastards, and that last page took my by surprise in a way that I didn't expect it to. Damn you Aaron. Damn you right in the facebeard Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Alice Hudson Jun 22, 2015

    Aaron's dialogue is a treat. His very natural dialogue shines inSouthern Bastards, like it did inScalped. It's full of viscious flavor; violent and real.Latour's craggy art continues to be some of the best art on the stands. It's perfect for a book like this, in the same way that RM Guera was perfect forScalped. His line work is expressionist but not caricatured, and the hard edges reflect the hard-edged world of Craw County.Doubling on coloring, Latour's colors continue to shine as well. The washed out yellows; the earthy browns; the piercing, stark reds especially. The book isn't a rainbow of colors, but the colors that are used are used to maximum effect.Jared K Fletcher's lettering is also top-notch. His word-balloons are perfectly placed, and adopt a color to best synchronize with the scene at hand. The letters themselves are easy to read and have a personality to them that I can't quite explain. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 18, 2015

    There are some stories that I could spend entire days experiencing. Where I can sit and read/watch for hours and still be fascinated by everything that I see. Southern Bastards is at the top of that list. This is a grounded, powerful and riveting book that continues to astonish me with every issue. I didn’t know if the Jasons could hold up the incredible quality of this book past the second arc but issue #9 guarantees they will. Southern Bastards is a special kind of story and no one should miss out on something this special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jun 18, 2015

    It's rare that a book that so summarily dispatches some of its leading characters keeps you compelled month after month, let alone maintain something as close to comic book perfection as this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jun 17, 2015

    Southern Bastards is a great comic book. The ride might be a little slow for those that want to keep seeing the plot move ahead full throttle. That's not the type of book Aaron and Latour have crafted here. Eventually there will be some reckoning, and shit will hit the fan. Along the way, this creative team are going to make sure we care about Craw County, and get to know her citizens, warts and all. This month it was Sheriff Hardy's turn to be exposed to readers, and his story stands up right next to everything we've seen so far. He went from what seemed like a supporting character to what could be a main character in the span of one issue. The fact that Southern Bastards can pull that off is a beautiful thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Jun 17, 2015

    It's a mystery, but the Homecoming arc is off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 23, 2015

    Southern Bastards is sort of like a train wreck that you can’t look away from. It’s grimy, dirty, and all too real, when we think of our lives being as unsatisfying as Hardy’s. It makes you rethink your life decisions a recall a day when things were better. It sucks to think about, but the fact that a comic book can make us do that is amazing. This series is definitely one to keep up with. Aaron and Latour make a feisty team and a damn near perfect pair for writing a book as intense as this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jun 18, 2015

    Jason Latour presents the the violence in this issue in a way that is not gratuitous or expletive, but instead as stark and emotionless. Jason Aaron subverts expectations by focusing on the corrupt sherif, only to reveal another victim of Coach Boss. If the origin story didn't make it clear, it's now apparent that Boss truly views the people around him as mere x's and o's to be lined up and moved around. And, as the ending twist reveals, Boss' completed disregard for other people is infecting the next generation of Rebel fans. “Southern Bastards” may have returned to the present, but in Craw County all that means is that the violence is a little more fresh. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 22, 2015

    As much as I hate the gaps of time between story arcs in "Southern Bastards," having the comic come back looking this good makes the delays well worth it. Aaron's script is low down and dirty, and Latour's art brings that world to life; "Southern Bastards" continues to serve up a glimpse of an awful place that you can't look away from. Here's to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 18, 2015

    Southern Bastards #9 is an issue of series that's not heavy on the story, but on the internal character drama. We spend time with Sheriff Hardy and get to learn more about him, harkening back to similar issues we saw back in Aaron's other series Scalped. It's not the most exciting or thrilling way to begin a new arc, but the quality of the writing and characterization more than make up for it. I excitedly look forward to whatever comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    BGCP - Fraser Wright Macdonald Jun 20, 2015

    If you're not already reading this book then what are you waiting for? Pick this up now! Read Full Review

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