Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
Three issues into the “A Brother’s Conscience” arc in THAT TEXAS BLOOD and we’ve been served a heaping helping of hints about what Randy is capable of. His reputation is referenced without giving specifics. He isn’t exactly given the warmest welcome when he returns home after his brother died. The past issues have shown him slowly breaking apart, and the first few panels of this issue finally give us our first real indication that Randy may not be such a good guy after all. This series does an admirable job of weaving a mystery while at the same time focusing on Randy as a character.
When we left off, his girlfriend was heading to town to find him. That definitely plays a role in this issue, though I’m wondering where that particular plot thread can go after this issue. The most interesting part of this issue is new character Deputy Flores who teams up with Sheriff Joe Bob to continue his investigation. In a few short panels she is given a strong personality and an integral part in the plot.
While THAT TEXAS BLOOD has been a pretty grounded book, this issue makes use of some interesting allegory panels that really drive the title home. This is the first time I recall the book deviating from straightforward storytelling and it really drives home what has happened to Randy.
This issue is the bloodiest yet and has some curse words, so I recommend it for mature readers. I also recommend starting with issue 2 if possible, as that kicked off the current story.
THAT TEXAS BLOOD #5 is now available.
Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on issue #5, and check out the chat on Talkin’ Con: A Cup O Tea with An Englishman In San Diego with both Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips as they discus the title, and more.
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