The modern drug war is often traced back to 1971 and US President Richard Nixon’s declaration to wage a “new all-out offensive” aimed at defeating America’s “public enemy number one” – drug abuse. Initially the policies focused on funding treatment programs aimed at tackling the demand for drugs. Nixon stated that efforts of interdiction and eradication would be destined to fail. Two years later he forgot his own words when the US launched a massive interdiction effort in Mexico, creating the DEA in the process. Since then the US has been fighting a war which many people believe cannot be won, at least not in a traditional sense.
Southern Bastards is a new series from Image Comics.
Ok. That’s a lie.
Southern Bastards is not actually a “new” series. I’m late coming to this book. Like, a year late. And yes, I heard all the great word of mouth and read the great reviews. Even our own Stephen Hardman gave a glowing review of issue 10 on this very mag.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about this book. Those of you who have followed my reading habits know that I am one of Marni Mann’s biggest fans – I have read all her work – but as soon as I heard that she’d planned to trade her literary hat for a serial erotica one, I was prepared to be disappointed.
Well guess what Marni, you can’t get rid of us that easy.
I reviewed this novel once before, but 1. It was a shitty review, 2. I know it was a shitty review because 3. I loved the book, I just didn’t really know why at the time, and 4. I’m getting ready to finally read book two (I’m probably the last one left in the universe, but it’s one of those books I’ve been saving).