Get Your Fill Of Chaos And Destruction In Redneck #12

by Brendan M. Allen

In the smoldering fallout of last issue’s shocking ending, the Bowman clan must escape the tide of blood licking at their heels. But not everyone is fast enough to outrun the crashing waves…

Ah, Redneck. This is why I have trust issues. Last April, Donny Cates introduced us to this amazing little family of good ole boys, with a trio of brothers, a drunk uncle, paterfamilias, the cranky ass cantankerous grampa and their adorable little innocent baby girl. Then he started icing folks. Good folks, bad folks, principals, and extras. No one is safe. If you find yourself in this book, you’re probably going to die.

Last month, Cates dropped a heel turn on Perry. Perry. That sweet little Bowman kid. A Landry. Flipped on her people and turned the tide in Father Landry’s favor. These Bowmans can’t catch any kind of break.

Redneck #12 picks up right where we left off in the last installment. The Feds have the Landry clutch boxed in, but they still have very little idea what they’re actually up against. Father Landry has Perry drugged back up in the basement, since she’s already served her purpose. Phil’s still in custody, trying to convince the Feds he can end the violence, and Evil’s on the way.

It’s about to hit the fan. Again. And again. And once more after that.

Lisandro Estherren’s loose, gritty pencils and Dee Cunnife’s muted palette bring Cates’ script to life in a gritty way that is purely Redneck. I don’t know how else to describe it. The artwork is unlike anything else I’m currently reading. Brutal, gritty, visceral, hideous, emotional… Parts of this story are so beautiful, you’ll cry. Other parts are so shockingly disturbing, you’ll cry.

Redneck continues delivering compelling, emotional arcs about loyalty, family, and coming to terms with the past. Month after month, Cates and co turn all the standard horror tropes sideways, and once again, leave us with a crazy cliffhanger that could go sixteen different ways.

Redneck #12, published by Image Comics, released on 25 April 2018. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino, covers by Nick Pitarra and Gabriel H. Walta.

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.