Welcome To The Asylum Of The Dead: Redneck #19

by Brendan M. Allen

In the wake of their darkest day, it’s time to say goodbye to the Lone Star state as the Bowman family searches for salvation in the shadows of Mexico.

After Donny Cates basically wrote the vampiric Red Wedding in the last chapter, we had to wait THREE MONTHS for Redneck #19 to find out what happened to the Bowman clan. What’s left of it, anyway. Of the entire clutch, it would appear only five Bowmans made it clear. Five. And Bartlett is only just holding on. JV has a plan, but it involves a huge set of new risks and basically giving up everything they’ve ever invested in. Again.

I don’t know why Donny Cates hates the Bowmans, but I honestly don’t know what else anyone who’s been paying attention would expect. There’s no way he was gonna let these fine folks just go about their business unbothered. It was way too good to be true. Every time the Bowman brood starts getting comfortable, something awful happens to thin the herd and turn their situation completely inside out.

Lisandro Estherren and Dee Cunniffe get to flex some different artistic muscles in this chapter. The publisher’s blurb told us we were headed to Mexico, but beyond that, you can’t really be prepared for how twisted this thing is about to get. The lines between reality and mythology are getting blurred. In a vampire story. I know. I heard it. Anyway, Estherren and Cunniffe get to create some really interesting  set pieces, moods,  and characters. New setting, new monsters, new rules, but everything still carries that beautifully disturbing Redneck visual signature.

This is an incredibly dark chapter. Seems odd to say that, in light of everything that came before, but this chapter goes down a very dark path. There’s been loss and death and all kinds of gore, but it’s hard to look at the events unfolding here and have a lot of hope for the Bowmans’ future. Redneck will break your heart. And you’ll let it. Over and over again.

Redneck #19, Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment, released 24 April 2019. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino.

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 tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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