Sunday, June 7, 2015

Southern Bastards, Vol. 2: Gridiron

Southern Bastards, Vol. 2: Gridiron
author: Jason Aaron
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.22
book published: 2015
rating: 4
read at: 2015/06/07
date added: 2015/06/07
shelves: graphic-novels
'Southern Bastards, Vol. 2: Gridiron' takes us back to Craw County, home of the Runnin' Rebs football team, and their local crime kingpin Euless Boss. It's just as good as the first volume, and the story makes a sort of sympathy turn.

This time around we meet young Euless Boss as he is trying to make the high school football team. He's got daddy issues. He wants to make his dad proud, and his dad is, well, sort of a piece of work. The coach is convinced that young Boss can't make the team, but he is determined. He also finds an unlikely ally in Ol' Big, the team's blind ballboy. Ol' Big can get him on the team, but Boss' father won't be happy about it since Ol' Big is black. Boss and Big form an alliance that will last to the present. Boss will also make a decision about his father that will echo into the present as well.

We see the makings of a man here. It puts a sympathetic spin on the Boss backstory, but he's still not a nice guy. A cool touch is the foreward by Ryan Kalil, the center for the Carolina Panthers. while not quite as strong as the first volume, this is another solid entry in the series, and continues to set up events to come with the continued foreshadowing of the return of Earl Tubb's daughter looming on the horizon.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributrs, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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