The Bones Never Lie In Redneck #20

by Brendan M. Allen

Welcome to Asilo Del Muerto, home to all the evils of this world and the next. But who is Carrona and why is he the only one who can save Bartlett?

“Puttin’ down roots was always gonna be too good to be true. We’re built for the run.”
In Redneck #20, what’s left of the Bowman brood (all five of them) are South of the border, begging this Carrona guy to save Bartlett’s life. It’s a long shot, not because the guy can’t do it, but because of the price he’s asking. JV has to decide whether Bartlett’s restoration is worth abandoning the moral code he’s been living by for the last century or so.

One of the things that has kept Redneck fresh is just when we start getting comfortable, Donny Cates pulls the rug out. Every damned time. In the aftermath of the vampiric Red Wedding, everything’s about to go sideways again. JV’s apparently way more powerful than he’s ever let on, and now he has to unleash that power on the world for the first time in centuries.
Lisandro Estherren’s art is ridiculous. It perfectly captures the grit and visceral emotion of Redneck. Estherren has a unique ability to layer beauty over gruesome imagery that’s pure Redneck. Color by Dee Cunniffe heightens the tension with a dark, brooding palette. Each period of the Bowman epic has been marked by its own set of challenges, and the art has evolved in lockstep with Cates’ script.

Way back when Redneck debuted, I remember thinking there was no way it could maintain the momentum of that opening salvo. I was wrong. That first arc was amazing, and every one since has been consistently brutal and shocking, with insane new reveals and twists. Redneck has all the hallmarks of legendary vampire lore, with refreshing new perspective.

Redneck #20, Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment, released 22 May 2019. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino.

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