Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
When I read the first issue of THAT TEXAS BLOOD, I was unsure if the series would be an anthology, or whether it would tell a story using the same characters. It turns out, the answer was … both. Sheriff Joe Bob is back, unable to sleep after the events of issue 1, when a dead body turns up. Enter the victim’s brother Randall who is called back to Texas to deal with the death. This issue revolves around Randall, moving Joe Bob into the background.
This issue sets up an arc as opposed to telling a self contained story. This allows more deliberate pacing. From Randall’s conversation with his girlfriend to his welcome back into town, a lot is hinted at. To say not much happens would be an insult to the book. There isn’t the typical action of a superhero book, but this book is more of a noir crime book like Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal. What this issue does is set up the story for the next part.
The art evokes Criminal as well, with brushed strokes and a muted color palette. At the end of the comic, there is a text page ‘written by’ Randall which gives a little more detail about Randall’s background.
Fans expecting fireworks and heroics will likely be disappointed. But THAT TEXAS BLOOD promises an interesting crime drama for those who are patient.
THAT TEXAS BLOOD #2 is now available.
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