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THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1 review – Don’t Lend Out Your Casserole Dish (Condon, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Image Comics)

Writer Chris Condon, Interior and Cover A Artist Jacob Phillips, Cover B Artist Sean Phillips

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

THAT TEXAS BLOOD is a simple story about an aging town Sheriff (and his wife who really wants their casserole dish back). It doesn’t have any superheroes, explosions, or alien invasions. Rather, it tells a pretty simple tale with more human stakes. Along the way, dual themes of aging and making some bad decisions are explored. The Sheriff, Joseph Robert (Joe Bob) Coates certainly isn’t a super sleuth. He’s just an ordinary guy. He’s kind of likable, but I also found myself shouting at him when he did certain things. This isn’t a criticism, I think that was the point.  

While the story is pretty straightforward, there was an odd flashback/dream sequence that seemed a bit out of place. With that said, it’s possible it ties into a bigger story in future issues or I’m missing something.  

While this issue isn’t particularly violent, there is some blood and a particularly grisly panel in the aforementioned out of place scene. Issue 1 tells a self contained story, so if you are interested in checking it out you can sample it without needing to commit to a long arc. Moving forward, I’m curious to see if THAT TEXAS BLOOD continues to build on this story, or if it is more of an anthology series.

THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1 is now available.

Have you read the first issue? Are you going to pick up the next issue? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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