REVIEW: ‘That Texas Blood,’ Issue #7

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That Texas Blood #7

From Image Comics comes That Texas Blood Volume #7, written by Chris Condon and art by Jacob Phillips. The neo-western noir has come back to town, giving us a glimpse into a case that still haunts Sheriff Joe. That Texas Blood #7, titled ‘Eversaul, 1981’ begins with Joe, the seasoned sheriff we met in volume one, venting to a priest about a gruesome time in his life and how since then it felt like things cannot stay still.  The story then jumps back forty years to the scene of the crime, where a decapitated rancher is found alongside a dead boy and several hooded men shot dead. The local law surmises that the boy met a terrible fate searching for his missing sister. A private detective named Harlan Eversaul steps in and informs the gentleman that their Texas county has been infected by a deadly cult.

That Texas Blood remains the perfect slow-burn noir, in my opinion. I once wrote ‘Condon does a fabulous job placing a stick of dynamite in your hands and lighting the long fuse,’ and that has never been truer. Condon paces the story so meticulously that even the lull before the storm is screeching with intensity. The southern drawl and interactions between small townsfolk are incredibly authentic, which heightens the humanity in the characters, making them that much more believable.

This issue was an exclamation point in the series that left me with no doubts that I was in store for more than run ‘n’ gun crime. With this arc taking a turn down the stranger side of crime, I am really excited to see Condon explore his range and demonstrate why this is a book that should not be missed.

Condon seems to be firing on all creative cylinders and Phillips is neck and neck with him. Every panel truly reflects a snapshot into the world of That Texas Blood that only a unique artist could accomplish. Phillips colors the pages in different color pallets and shades that are so aesthetically pleasing. The orange-ish tint reflecting the flashbacks is brilliant. Phillips draws the anguish in each character but also fills the reader with a flashing sense of dread when we see glimpses of a hooded cultist.

Just like the works of Brubaker and Phillips, this creative duo is a force to be reckoned with. They are contributing to a genre that has a road paved before them, but they are leaving big footprints with every step they take. The issues have a style and feel to them that will soon be synonymous with their names and that is what is so exciting about this Series.

That Texas Blood #7 is a continuation of the series that is paving the way for neo-westerns while reinventing itself. The series is winding down the scarier side of crime fiction that has elements of horror and suspense. This issue is a good jumping on point and is a gift to new readers and hardcore crime fiction aficionados alike. Bravo!

That Texas Blood #7 is available wherever comics are sold.

That Texas Blood #7
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TL;DR

That Texas Blood #7 is a continuation of the series that is paving the way for neo-westerns while reinventing itself. The series is winding down the scarier side of crime fiction that has elements of horror and suspense. This issue is a good jumping on point and is a gift to new readers and hardcore crime fiction aficionados alike. Bravo!