That Texas Blood 11 ADVANCE REVIEW: Beautifully written, wonderfully twisted, with masterful artwork
Written by: Chris Condon, Art, Colours, Letters by: Jacob Phillips.
After breaking into the Wellman house for answers, Joe Bob and Eversaul started to hear noises. Nothing felt right, but Joe Bob knew that Laila (the girl) was there. He calls for backup, only knowing that Sam (the sheriff) will be angry. Joe Bob and Eversaul devise a plan to get the girl out, but with so many members of the Cult of the Night, they are outmanned. With the knowledge that they are all his fellow townsfolk, Joe Bob has to come up with something, or things are not going to end well for any of them.
Another triumph of an issue from the team here. The series is going from strength to strength, and I’m fully invested in this beautiful collection of stories from a team that’s showing no point in slowing down. I went into this issue being convinced that it was the finale of the cult arc. With the last arc being 5 issues, I expected all to be the same. This was rather silly of me to assume, as what we get here is another beautifully written and drawn cliffhanger that seems to purposely not want us (the reader) to get to the end. I will say, that this is an example of the exceptional writing by Chris Condon, as I’m really enjoying the series, I want to savour every page and take it all in, yet I’m determined to find out how the story ends. To keep that balance is a work of genius. Drawing people in and keeping them here, yet have them constantly yearning for more. In his letter at the end of the book, Chris goes on to say how he enjoys getting the book and reading them as any of us would, but that he would get annoyed with his writing. Personally if my writing was half as good as his, I would be delighted. It’s truly a fantastic series, and it shows how talented Chris is with writing a classic detective suspense thriller.
The artwork is a big part of this issue's success. A larger portion of it is silent, as we see our “heroes” enter the Wellman house, as they need to be quiet. As this is the case, the work by Jacob Phillips shines. The artwork on this series has been fantastic, but especially here it’s showcased to prove how good artwork can accentuate the story. We even get a silent three-page intro to this book that’s as hard-hitting as most would be with words. The expressions, the lighting, and the angles mean that we don’t need any dialogue to understand the emotion of what’s happening. As I’ve said before, I could see the beauty in the artwork from issue 1. Despite it not being “my kind of art,” I fully appreciated how good it was. I have to say that since I’ve been reading this series, and then picked up the Brubaker /Sean Phillips series, I’m converted. I absolutely love this art. Dare I say maybe it has even surpassed the art of the Ruthless series that I loved (which I picked up 'cause I was missing That Texas Blood so much).
Something else that was said in the afterword by Condon was the potential of a spin-off featuring Eversaul. In all honesty, this has me excited. It could be an X-Files type show set in the '70s and '80s across the country (or even around the world), where he would go to find the crazy cases that seem supernatural, but actually have a more human and therefore more menacing twist. I would be happy to pick up that book, and who else could say "no" to more stories from the same universe.
Despite me being confused (totally my fault for assuming) by the length of the arc, this is another great installment to this wonderfully twisted series. Beautifully written to keep the suspense and intrigue, and masterful artwork that adds more gravitas to the already dramatic story.
That Texas Blood #11 releases from Image Comics on 20th October 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.