Welcome to the new world. Will a fledgling America be able to survive the Council of Vampires?
‘Tall Tales, Part Five. Welcome to the new world. Will a fledgling America be able to survive the Council of Vampires?’
Redneck #29 finally gets back to the formula that made it such a great series for nearly four years now. Perry is growing into her powers, JV’s back in charge, Bartlett is on the mend, and everything’s pretty much back to normal for the Bowman brood. This is where Donny Cates tends to step in and twist it all back up again for them. A visit from the Parliament with a couple of big, fat bombshells will do that.
I’ve been waiting for this return to form for a few chapters now. Seemed like the thread got lost a little bit with all the exposition and backstories on every one of the main players. Didn’t really seem necessary to get all that history at once, and to be honest, it lost a lot of appeal without the mystery.
Now, we’ve got a tenuous truce with the Parliament, a brewing war with Demus’ faction, and Perry is the key to all of it.
The art is dead brilliant, as usual. This chapter is exceptionally light on the gore, but Lisandro Estherren’s unique ability to layer beautiful and gruesome imagery lends continuity and ties this new era into classic Redneck. Each period of the Bowman epic has been marked by its own set of challenges, and the art has evolved in lockstep with Cates’ script.
While the overall story isn’t as strong as it was in the first few arcs, this is the best chapter that’s come out in a minute. Redneck has been limping along for a couple arcs now. We honestly could have called it quits back with the vampiric Red Wedding back in chapter 18 with a nice, clean, gory blowoff. I was about ready to throw it in, but this installment makes me believe there’s at least a little mileage life left in the franchise.
Redneck #29, Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment, 23 December 2020. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino.