Justice rides the old west. He’s calm. He’s relentless. He’s ten. Cow Boy is the story of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. He travels the Old West on a horse that ain’t his, and won’t stop til every one’a his kin’s in the clink.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Cow Boy. On the one hand it has a cute as a button kid on the cover, complete with a spiffy looking gun. But I also suspected that there might be something else going on. The FCBD Archaia book piqued my interest with a short story that, while visually cute and charming, had a sense of sadness and melancholy about it that would be at home in a more adult western. In short, it looked like Cow Boy was going to be unlike anything else on the stands.
Nate Cosby tells a tale that is truly all ages. He does not speak down to younger readers and he does not go easy on the older ones. Instead he writes a story that has humor that is accessible to all, as well as moments that the younger readers will not get for several years to come. It is the kind of comic that parents can read with their children and both will find enjoyable.
The art is classic Eliopoulos. Cartoony and spirited, the art in the book is full of charm. Boyd Linney is immediately likable, but the cute exterior is a bit frayed, betraying a bit of weariness. This is a hard-travelling ten year old. While it would be easy to underestimate him, it is clear that no one would make that mistake twice.
The story of Boyd Linney is divided up in to three chapters. In between there are short, western-themed stories by some of the best creators in the industry including Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show Comic), Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space) & Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl). My personal favorite is Mike Maihack’s A Penguin Never Misses. I would pay good money for a comic of just that!
In short, Cow Boy should not be underestimated. Just because you may be past the age where you dreamed of riding the western plains does not mean that you are too old for this book. Take a chance, pick it up, and read it with your favorite cowpoke.
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