Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
While the first issue was a standalone story, the third issue of THAT TEXAS BLOOD picks up where issue 2 left off. Sheriff Joe Bob continues to play a role, but Randall (Randy) is the focus of this arc. Called back to his Texas hometown when his brother is murdered, Randy isn’t your typical protagonist. He’s got baggage that is slowly being revealed and many in the town aren’t exactly thrilled to see him.
Randall is an interesting character. Thus far, he doesn’t seem physically imposing. He wears glasses and seems like of like a wimp. But the way people treat him doesn’t seem to mesh with that. He occasionally flashes some signs of being a noir tough guy hero that would fit in a Mickey Spillane book. There’s even the requisite femme fatale. There’s a hint of violence swimming beneath his surface that makes me want to know more about his backstory.
The pacing continues to be deliberate, taking its time to establish the mood, characters, and their motivations while dropping hints about Randy’s past. You can feel the pressure mounting and it seems like only a matter of time before something explodes.
If you are new to the book, I recommend starting at issue 2, lest you miss all the tidbits dropped about Randy. Issue 1 introduces Sheriff Joe Bob, but doesn’t include anything essential to enjoy this arc, which continues in the next issue.
THAT TEXAS BLOOD #3 is now available.
Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on issue #4, and tune in to Talkin’ Con: A Cup O Tea with An Englishman In San Diego on Sunday the 20th of September at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern/6pm GMT when both Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips will be discussing the title, and more.
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