Written by: Chris Condon, Art, Colours, & Letters by: Jacob Phillips.
After the failed attempt at looking around the Wellman place and then realising that both Terry and Mary have a Mayan bat symbol tattoo on their hand, something was still amiss. Joe Bob still felt like he was letting down his friend and neighbour by not finding her daughter, or the people that killed her son. Still haunted by memories of playing with them both, he is determined to get to the bottom of it all. So he and Eversaul go back to the Wellman house, but what will they find?
We have reached the penultimate issue of this Eversaul arc. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed how it’s being told in such a dramatic way: through Joe Bob telling the story of how everything happened back in the day. It’s incredibly enjoyable as a slow burn book, to the point where I’m feeling myself say: "just tell me what happened!" I want to skip to the conclusion to find out if he finds the girl and gets justice for her mother. This shows how strong the writing is from Chris Condon, who has built up a beautifully disturbing world, where at the moment, the connections between the cases is Joe Bob. But instead could quite easily be built around the town itself.
The opening is incredibly hard hitting, showing the memories that Joe Bob has between the boy who has been killed and his sister who is missing. This puts the reader in Joe Bob's position, where we feel the pain he did when their mother breaks down about having to bury her only son. We feel the guilt and then the drive to find out what happened. This again is more evidence to show how strong the writing is, to pull the readers in that much.
By the end of the issue, Joe Bob becomes rather jumpy. As we know from the present day, he feels like there’s something truly evil within the town. This then could be the start of these issues for him. After he enters a room to find a Mayan Bat statue, he is terrified. This could signal the start of his beliefs of the more terrifying things that the town has to offer. We also get something that has been absent from this book, which is the start of a buddy cop relationship between Joe Bob and Eversaul. This is very contrary to the relationship that Joe Bob has with the sheriff, who is unhappy that he trusts Eversaul. To the point where he tells them both to get out of the precinct.
Emotion in this book has been high throughout, but especially in this crime case about one murdered child and one still missing. With such dramatic themes, there needed to be sets to match, and artist Jacob Phillips does a fantastic job of putting the emotion into characters. Even if they don’t say words, they can express them with just a look. This is predominant especially in the scene (shown above) where Joe Bob’s friend is devastated at her son being killed.
The beautiful and yet painful set really does justice to the torment of the script in all the best ways. This book continues to be one of the best books on the shelf and I look forward to reading it each week. It’s still a slow burn, but it’s worth it. That Texas Blood doesn’t spoon feed you information like other crime dramas would, it treats the readers with a little respect and thrives while doing it.
That Texas Blood #10 will be released from Image Comics on 22nd September from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.