"Redneck #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Lisandro Esterren
Colored by Dee Cunniffe
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 27th, 2017
It's safe to say the shit has hit the fan for the Bowman family. Granpa Bowman, the oldest and most terrifying of the vampire clan, has been wreaking havoc, killing people and family members alike. The truth has been revealed and JV is pissed. To make matters worse, the cops have surrounded the house and they're looking to bring them in. Oh, and did I mention that it's in the middle of the day? This makes for a fiery finale of the first arc for Redneck.
Artist Lisandro Esterren's designs for Granpa Bowman are so friggin' creepy. He's like a gargoyle brought to life, resembling a monster more than a man. His body is small and frail, like a shriveled corpse. He has a pair of small wings that jut out of his shoulder blades like deformed angel's wings. His face is like that of a demon.
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Granpa is often shown in the shadows, masking his true form. His eyes glow a magnetic blue that pierce through the darkness. This is a nice touch from colorist Dee Cunniffe that really amplifies the character as a force of evil.
If you weren't convinced by all of that, just wait until Granpa goes on the offensive. This results in an impressive double-page spread of fire and brimstone. It is the catalyst of destruction that serves as the final blow to the Bowman family in this town. There's nothing left after that.
We don't see all of the chaos Granpa brings down. Instead, we get a few glimpses, each more insane than the last, as if a Tasmanian Devil made of fire is tearing throw the cops outside. The focus is on the surviving Bowmans as they make their escape amid the anarchy. They're forced to leave so much behind just to survive. All the while, writer Donny Cates provides a haunting narration that underlines the heartbreak the characters are going through. It ends on such a somber note that you almost forget these people are vampires.
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The Bowmans at the beginning of this series are almost unrecognizable to the Bowmans at the end of this issue. They've been through Hell. Their peaceful lives have been ripped apart. Now they have to start all over again. At least they still have each other, which is the most important thing for them. They have an unbreakable bond that will hopefully continue to hold as the next few months will be particularly trying for them.
Redneck is a powerful comic centered on family. That family just happens to drink blood to survive. Some of them are related by blood. Others are joined by different yet unmistakable connection. In the end, they're all family and they've chosen to side with one another against a world that won't have them.