Blood Feuds And Horrifying Family Drama In Bone Parish #10

by Brendan M. Allen

With the walls closing in and their supporters dwindling, it’ll take everything the Winters family has to make it through the war. It’s no longer about the supply, the ash, or the money. Now, they fight to survive.

Leon and Brigitte were dipping their toes in some awfully deep, dark water at the end of the last chapter. While the exact mechanism of Ash is never really explained, there’s obviously an occult element in play. In Bone Parish #10, we get to see exactly what happens when a scientist tries to apply logic to supernatural hoodoo. Leon’s in trouble, Brae’s still in bed with Leticia, and Detective Herron has ramped up her efforts to bring down the illicit NOLA Ash trade. 

Cullen Bunn is laying everything out in this antepenultimate chapter. Truth will out. All of the subplots and angles that have been steadily building are about to pop. The rivalry between Brae and Brigitte, Leon’s need to protect the family, Detective Herron’s grief-driven need to single-handedly bring down the city’s Ash trade, the Cartel blood feud… Somehow, Bunn is keeping everything straight, and it’s all reaching a natural resolution. The Winters brood is imploding and folks are gonna die. There’s no way around it. In for a penny, in for a pound, yeah?As usual, Jonas Scharf and Alex Guimaraes’ artwork is absolutely ridiculous. I honestly don’t know how many more ways I can come up with to sing these dudes’ praises. They strike an amazing balance between beauty and gore. Aside from that opening sequence, this chapter is surprisingly light on Ash tripping, but there is a whole lot of murder to make up for it. Every death is visually unique and memorable.

I always talk about how this is ultimately a story of a close knit family struggling to get by. Also haunted drugs and mafia stuff, but mostly family, right? This is, like, the weirdest soap opera ever. I can’t wait to see how this thing wraps in the next couple issues, but I also know I’m gonna miss it. Bone Parish has been consistently brilliant, and it’s gonna leave a huge hole in my pull list.

Bone Parish #10, Boom! Studios, released 26 June 2019. Written by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Jonas Scharf, color by Alex Guimaraes, letters by Ed Dukeshire.

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.

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