Written by Jason Aaron
Illustrated and Colored by Jason Latour
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 04/01/2015
The origin of Coach Boss continues with part four of the second arc in Southern Bastards #8, by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen). For those who have not been following, Euless Boss is a powerful and corrupt high school coach in Craw County, Alabama, who essentially controls the local infrastructure. These last few issues have uncovered past events that shaped Boss into the person he is today.
Issue eight begins with the venomous relationship between father and son finally coming to a close, as we witness not only the circumstances that resulted in Euless transitioning from ball boy to head coach of the Runnin’ Rebs, but the transformation of a troubled adolescent into a violent criminal.
Aaron does not disappoint, as his story continues to shock and keep readers on edge with these dark and disturbing characters of the Deep South. The writing remains strong with some of the best character building I’ve read in quite some time. Moving from Earl Tubb (in the first arc) to Boss (in the second arc) as the central figure, the story seems set to now shift once again with the return of a character that readers have been eagerly anticipating.
The illustrations from Latour are rough and primal. I don’t know how else to describe them, but just looking at his images while reading this story, all the emotions of these characters seem to stand out, especially with his strong use of red colors which adds an evocative effect that really puts a stamp on this series.
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.
REVIEW: SOUTHERN BASTARDS #8
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)