Alabama is many things. Hot. Rife with fried food. Southern. What it's not though is a breeding ground for bastards. There are some people who feel that maybe it should be. People like Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, who have teamed up for a brand new series that takes place in Craw County, Alabama, called Southern Bastards. And Image Comics wants the reader to get to know Earl Tubb, a crusty old coot who believes the only way to survive a place like Craw County is to carry a really big stick. Earl's a lonely old man with some serious daddy issues. Years ago, his father, Bertrand Tubb, was the tough as nails sheriff of Craw County, Alabama.
“But Bert's been dead for years, and now something has changed in Craw County,” explained Aaron. “Something you have to squint hard to see, but it's there, something dark and bloody just beneath the surface, something none of the locals want to talk about or even acknowledge. Until Earl comes home and starts asking questions.”
Craw County might seem like a simple town on the surface, but within a few issues the mysteries about some of the residents will start to multiply. Not only that, but the south has a particular style and flavor, which Latour taps into for the book.
“It’s a cliché perhaps but the South is either in your veins or it’s not. There are people who move away and never lose it, people who’ve never been here but find themselves in touch with it over night,” said Latour. “It’s kind of an unshakable feeling, and my relationship with the South is a thing I’ve felt conflicted about my whole life. It's always kind of been in there like a devil clawing at me from the inside. This project was a chance to let it out.”
“We'll meet the new sheriff in due time, the guy who's manning the job that used to belong to Earl's dad,” said Aaron. “But the way he sees things is the same as most everybody else around the county: there ain't nothing wrong here, so go the hell back to the city and mind your own damn business. Basically as long as the Craw County High School Runnin' Rebs football team keeps winning games, nobody's overly concerned with any other sort of business Coach Euless Boss might be up to. So long as the bleachers are full, the folks in Craw County don't rightly care who's buried underneath them.”
Southern Bastards #1 arrives in stores on 4/30 and is available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140475. Full press release below.