That Texas Blood #12 ADVANCE REVIEW: The end has no end, in this stylish arc finale


Written by: Chris Condon, Art, colours, letters by: Jacob Phillips.


Joe Bob and Eversaul are held at gunpoint by the cult, as they perform their rituals, and ready their blade to sacrifice the girl (Laila). The sheriff's department are on their way, but with the weather as bad as it is, will they be able to get to the Wellman estate before the ritual is concluded and everyone dies?


Another month and another fantastic issue of That Texas Blood on display through both script and art. This series has become one of my favourites so much that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue. I feel like there might come a time when I have to critique an issue as things don’t work or other issues aren’t for me, but so far, this has been one of the standout comic series of year for me. With the year coming to an end, this series has been able to finish the arc strong, and even has another issue coming before the end of the year.


So this was an interesting issue from the point of the whole series. Back in issue 1, which helped set up a few of the characters and the town, I was confused by a couple of things that happen that have a more supernatural element to it. Now without going back, considering the last 10 issues, I would put it down to psychosis or hallucinations by the characters. However, this issue has suggested there could be more to it than that. Joe Bob has been struggling with the strange things over the last 40 years, but as he states it’s easier to put it down to a higher power. So therefore it’s not just people being evil. This he says makes it easier for him to deal with. This leads to a fantastic last third of the issue in which he wants to get closure on the whole event. Which is something very relatable, in a similar way, as we the audience would want closure on the series: is it a supernatural story or just straight drama? Funnily enough from our perspective, it might be the opposite to that of Joe Bob. It would be better if it wasn’t supernatural, as it would make the book even more frightening. As with all good writers though, we don’t get a definitive and we are left wondering a similar thing, as the title of this issue is: "The end has no end". Maybe we will always be wondering if there is a supernatural element, but that mystery adds to the complexity of the book.

The art by Jacob Phillips is again fantastic. There were 2 panels in particular that stood out to me. The first being the one shown above. After telling Ana the story, he said that Eversaul make a funny quip in the moment. This panel for me is a perfect depiction of someone who remembers both the trauma that he went through, throughout the whole case to find his neighbour's child, which can be seen in his eyes as he stares off. It also has the added smile of his cheeks from the funny quote from Eversaul. This depiction just shows how good Phillips's art is; that he can show both emotions in just a single panel.


This was the other panel. Now I appreciate noir settings, and the silhouette of Joe Bob here is wonderful as he stares down the Wellman house. This panel is taken from a set of 9 pages that are pretty much silent. This again shows how powerful the art is, that there’s so much told within these pages and yet hardly a word is spoken. We know that he’s gone there for closure, and it’s something we can all relate to, even if it’s not exactly the same. The close-ups and the angles that are used, perfectly denoting the emotions that he’s going through.


I’m constantly blown away by this series, I jump at every opportunity I get to read the next installment, which is nothing but an endorsement of how good this series is. I cannot recommend it enough and the only disappointing thing is, we have to wait for another month before the next issue.


That Texas Blood #12 will be released from Image Comics on 24th November 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.










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