The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? #1

Who doesn’t like Surf and Turf? Well, what do you do when Surf and Turf doesn’t like YOU?????????

The Eisner Award–losing and winning drawing-room talkfest The Shaolin Cowboy returns and will try to answer those questions as the titular hero of the series finds that his road to hell is paved not with good intentions but old nemeses hell bent on bloody revenge . . . AGAIN!!!!

This is definitely one of those cases where I try to come into a series late and it doesn’t end well. It’s not to say that this book was bad, but I just plain had no clue what was going on. So when issue one asks The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign?, that was not even a question I had.

Here’s what I was able to figure out from this next part of the series. We have an apparent cowboy who’s also Shaolin, waking up in the bloody aftermath of some fight. Later, his spirit takes on a hell warden in order to prevent him from being taken from this plane of existence. All the while, there’s some kind of group tracking him down that are lead by…a crab?

As little as the story made sense to me, the artwork was at least quite clear. It’s both very clean and very detailed with the linework, with more toned down colors. My favorite part of the visuals was the fight with the hell warden though, it just looked really good.

Now, I’m sure for those that know the original material, this may actually make sense and be a great continuation. Anyone like me that tries to come into it now though is going to be utterly baffled at what they’re reading. For obvious reasons, I’d suggest against new people picking this up and leave it up to prior readers to judge.

For more on The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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