“What do you know about pigs?”
Issue #2 of Redneck ended with a battle between father Landry’s clan and the Bowman family. Things did not end well for Father Landry or his people, and now the Bowman “boys” have “special” plans for Father Landry as punishment for killing their brother and destroying their cattle. The truth is, JV Bowman and Bartlett are still not sure who (or what) exactly killed JV’s son in Issue #1 and they do not exactly know who slaughtered their cattle and destroyed their livelihood. Bartlett is still struggling with what he did to start all this that night behind the bar. He still cannot remember what happened, so he goes to one of the two people that can “look into his head”— he goes to see the oldest vampire in the clan, Grandpa, who is confined to the attic in a wheelchair. He does not like his head being pried into and he is definitely not going to like what grandpa has to say about how the family is being run, but it must be done to finally get some answers.
Donny Cates continues to write a very personal family story wrapped in a vampire tale. Cates does some fantastic work with the character of Bartlett, making him very interesting and, with that great teaser ending, possibly a very tragic character also. Cates knows how to write very emotional scenes and characters as seen in the recently wrapped up mini-series God Country, He knows how to get to the emotional core of his characters and cause their emotions and inner workings to affect the reader’s minds. This all makes Cates one of the best writers in comics and is making Redneck a very interesting story.
I still am not digging the character designs or style, but that is just my personal preference. It does not take away from the talent and skill of Lisandro Esthefrren, who along with Cates, tells a wonderful story with his art. Just because I do not personally like the style does not mean I cannot appreciate the work and story-telling ability of Estherren. He does draw a beautifully creepy “grandpa” vampire, that has a wonderful shocking reveal when Bartlett opens the attic door to the older vampire coming fully out of the shadows. We have only seen bits and pieces of “grandpa” through the first two issues, but we get the full reveal here and it is very unsettling and remains that way throughout the Issue. Dee Cunniffe does some great coloring work in Redneck #3, using darker tones of blues and reds while playing with the shadows to hide or reveal certain aspects of the characters.
Redneck #3 is a great issue that by the end raises a multitude of questions for the readers, and the creative team does a fantastic job with the final page, building up some great interest in the next issue and where the series is going to go from here. The creative team on Redneck continues to bring something different to this vampire tale and it has definitely caught fire with many readers, so jump on board and as The Wu-Tang Clan would say “Protect ya Neck”!
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