Texas Ain’t Cursed, It’s Just Haunted – Redneck #7

by Brendan M. Allen

“THE EYES UPON YOU” kicks off with the Bowmans laying low from the law with a new member of the family in tow. But there are rules to being a vampire…and when the rules are broken, the family will surely suffer… 

Redneck’s first story arc, “Deep In The Heart”, wrapped in chapter six by burning Sulfur Springs to the ground. Everything JV has worked so hard to create is completely annihilated. Two of the brood are dead, and they have a new mouth to feed in the recently turned Father Landry.

Redneck #7 opens in Waco, Texas, where the Bowmans have set up, at least temporarily. The idea is to bide their time until they can sort out a few things. As JV puts it, “Puttin’ down roots was always gonna be too good to be true. We’re built for the run.” Without having much to do in the run-down shack they now call home, the small clutch is losing their everloving minds.

Nick Derington charity variant. Proceeds benefit Houston Coalition for the Homeless.

Donny Cates is telling a hell of a story. Nearly every chapter thus far has ended on an insane cliffhanger, and chapter 7 is no exception. The first several pages play like an introduction to the clan’s new “normal.” Sitting around, playing cards, doing whatever they can to stay busy, with JV sitting guard on the porch. Landry steps into Bartlett’s old role as the new guy, the outsider. Their familiars, Phil and Evil, have come along, and are tending to the needs of their masters.

Everything plugs right along, and then, bam! Right in the gut.

Lisandro Estherren has been killing it on art duties throughout the series. I’ve previously described Estherren’s work on Redneck as beautifully brutal, gritty and visceral. Donny Cates describes it as “hideous and beautiful, mean and emotional.” Whatever you want to call it, it hits all the right spots.

If you haven’t been following Redneck to this point, uh, why not? This is easily one of the best new titles of 2017. You can bring yourself up to speed by grabbing Redneck, Volume 1: Deep In The Heart, which collects chapters 1-6.

Another thing that bears mentioning is that this issue has a variant cover by Nick Derington, with proceeds benefitting Houston Coalition for the Homeless in their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. There are also special edition “Texas Forever” Redneck shirts available from Skybound’s online store with proceeds headed to the same charity. Awesome, right?

Redneck #7, published by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment, releases today, the 22nd of November 2017. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino, cover by Nick Pitarra, variant Texas Relief cover by Nick Derrington.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It’s a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.