That Texas Blood #1
The Casserole Dish
By Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips
Variant Cover by Sean Phillips
This is the first issue in this new series, which is the first series developed by Condon and Phillips together on their own.
Our story is set in Texas (a state where I have never once in all my years had a good experience, and I’ve been there over twenty times so it’s not like they didn’t have ample opportunity to be nice to me, I’m wondering if they just don’t like either Midwesterners or Yankees, as we are sometimes STILL called even though the Civil War ended almost 200 years ago). Our main character is an aging Sheriff who is working on his 70-something birthday. Not something he’s overly thrilled about if you know what I mean. He’s hit an age where he’s beginning to take stock of his life, going over things he’s done or hasn’t done, weighing the good against the bad, counting regrets. And he’s found that something seems to be amiss. Perhaps even lacking in his life. He doesn’t know what it is yet, but he’s sure there’s a way to find it and conquer it.
Now, don’t let that dark and dreary tone fool you. This issue is packed with bloody and gory scenes that are truly top shelf creations. It is obvious that these two creators have a love not only for story telling but also for the medium in which they have chosen to express that story and let it shine through. The artwork is truly unique and while it may not appeal to every single person among the masses it surely deserves the credit it is due. The effort that has been put into this first issue jumps off of each and every page. And Condon and Phillips should be proud of what they have created because it’s a major hit in my eyes.
The issue leaves the reader feeling completely satisfied, even breathing a small sigh of relief that they made it through the first one unscathed. On top of that there is an overwhelming anxiousness for the second issue to be in your hands as soon as possible.
I highly recommend horror comic lovers snagging this up and adding it to your pull list at your local or online comic book store. This is going to be a series you will not want to miss.