Big Issues: Southern Bastards #8 mines devastating drama from fathers and football

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Southern Bastards #8. Written by Jason Aaron (Scalped, Thor) with art by Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen, Wolverine And The X-Men), this issue concludes the origin story of Coach Euless Boss with a horrific look at how one man’s passion for football turns him into a monster. (Warning: This review reveals major plot points.)

How far will a man go for something he loves? It’s the question at the core of a lot of crime fiction, and the object of the affection tends to have a big impact on the shape of a narrative. Some men love women. Some men love money. Euless Boss loves football, and the focus on sports sets Southern Bastards apart from other crime comics. Over the past year, writer Jason Aaron and artist Jason Latour have created an …

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