The Pop Culture Playlist uses music to describe a character, and the latest edition features Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Jax is the epitome of an anti-hero who started off with the best intentions, but ultimately fell into darkness. He struggled to reconcile his outlaw lifestyle with being a good father. Here is the tragic tale of the SAMCRO President told through ten tracks.
Some of the most memorable TV shows have included graphic content and a good story, which is why Sons of Anarchy was so successful. For any fan who’s missing the show, the latest SAMCRO graphic novel has been released called Redwood Original. The graphic novel serves as a prequel, taking place ten years before the show. It focuses on Jax Teller’s first year as a prospect. Written by Ollie Masters and drawn by Luca Pizzari, Redwood Original captures all the violence and drama that made the show so entertaining.
“It all starts with you, son. Not the man you’ll become, but the man you choose to be. No one’s going to hand these things to you. You have to earn them. And until then, one of the hardest things to realise is that nobody owes you anything. You can be anyone — anything — you want to be, son. You can have the world. All you have to do is remember these things…all the things I haven’t done.” – Jax Teller
Sons of Anarchy was one of my favourite series, and I’m continuing to delve into the world through reviewing the comics. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 5, written by Ryan Ferrier and drawn by Matias Bergara, is a standalone story that involves a new prospect joining the club. Dillon is the nephew of Bobby Munson and he seems like a good addition to the Sons to begin with. However, things quickly go wrong and Jax is forced to make a hard decision.
Sons of Anarchy earned a reputation for being a violent show that depicted anti-heroic characters you couldn’t help but be fascinated by. The comic series is no different. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4 is written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Matias Bergara. It reads like a short story collection, with four separate stories focusing on four different Sons.
“That’s the life, man. Always going to be problems. There’s always going to be a new club trying to rise up, trying to take us down. Trying to be top dog. But we’re family…we stick together.”
Sons Of Anarchy is a show that left behind a hell of a legacy, and I’m continuing to explore it by reviewing the comic collections. Sons Of Anarchy: Volume 3, written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Damian Couceiro, involves a new MC called The Slaughter riding into Tuscon to take over the meth trade. SAMTAZ and SAMCRO comes up against them, threatening to start a war that Jax has to resolve no matter the cost.
Today, I’m reviewing Sons of Anarchy: Volume 2, written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Jesus Hervas. I love the show and I’ve enjoyed seeing the stories that are woven in and out of the series. SOA has themes of brotherhood, violence, loyalty and family. This is shown in the graphic novel adapations as well. Volume 2 is set between the third and fourth seasons, where the Sons have been sent to Stockton prison to serve a thirteen month sentence for gun running.
When a TV show becomes popular, it’s not surprising that an entire mythology spins out of it into other mediums. This is the case with Sons of Anarchy being adapted into a comic series and I’m going to review the first volume, collected as a graphic novel. Volume 1 runs parallel to Season 5 and it’s written by Christopher Golden and drawn by Damian Couceiro.