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Southern Bastards #15: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Written by Ashley Leckwold on Monday, November 07 2016 and posted in Reviews

Southern Bastards #15: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Boss is falling apart as his faith in Friday nights is tested.

Source: Image Comics

Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: Jason Latour

Letters by: Jared K. Fletcher

Sometime after the I read this issue, probably between calls at my day job, I had a realization about Southern Bastards.

Earl Tubb is the woman in the refrigerator in this series.

Errr... man in the refrigerator, I guess, but think about it. Everything since Earl was killed in issue #4 has played off of his death in some regard, including motivating his daughter Roberta to come down to Craw County to face his killer.

The Jasons did call her a game changer for the series. We just have yet to see to what extent, though we see in this issue that she has her eyes towards revenge.

This issue, the first part of an arc titled "Gut Check," picks the action back up where "Homecoming" left off. With the Rebs in dire straits after their huge homecoming loss, Boss seems to be a man who has lost his way and there are people in town ready to pick the bones once he truly falls. There is temptation to take the easy way back into graces in the eyes of a town that takes it high school football as seriously as it takes church, but he (initially) refuses to take it. "I may be a muderer and a gangster and a whole helluva lotta other fuckin' things. But not on Friday nights. Some things is goddamn sacred, boy."

Of course, it doesn't take a man long to fall to the temptation of the snake sometimes.


Really, that's what this first issue of "Gut Check" is setting up. The resolve of these characters in this time of darkness. While Coach Boss is the focus of this first issue as he becomes more frayed with each loss and each whispering in his ear, we see Sheriff Hardy struggling with his obligations to Boss against the Mayor's Wife's offer to be part of the ones who take him down. For Roberta though, it seems to be deciding when to strike. And it's not gonna be in 14 issues again, if the letters section is any indicator.

Part of what makes Southern Bastards so great, besides the constant feeling of heat and humidity that Jason Latour seems to weave into the art with each issues, is how deep it runs. While my first readthru of this issue was crammed between Bitch Planet, Shade the Changing Girl and The Wicked + The Divine this past week, it didn't take away from the ways it would keep creeping into my mind when I least expected it. Not just for Earl in the fridge, but for Boss' going against what is "sacred" to him just to be back on top. For Roberta's silent rage as she watches the man who killed her father take the weapon that killed him down from the wall. For the great temptation of Sheriff Hardy.

You have to wonder what Deacon Boone will have to say about all of this when he comes down from the woods.


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About the Author - Ashley Leckwold

Ashley Leckwold is a writer based out of Atlanta who is the cross-section of a magical girl and a demon queen. She has done a whole other host of weirdness, including work at Steampunk Chronicle, Nerdophiles, the Ratchet Retrocast, The Rainbow Hub, PopOptiq and the Killer Queen and 27 anthologies published through Red Stylo Media. Most of her current work is non-fictional and found at her blog as well as Graphic Policy. She can often be found on Twitter at @misskittyf crying about comics, TV, pro-wrestling and music.

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