Comic Review: Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #2 (Dark Horse Comics)

A slew of new foes confront the Shaolin Cowboy and his adopted lizard, causing all kinds of chaotic madness. With all of the beef being stewed by adversaries hell-bent on […]

A slew of new foes confront the Shaolin Cowboy and his adopted lizard, causing all kinds of chaotic madness. With all of the beef being stewed by adversaries hell-bent on killing the Cowboy, will he succeed against his foes or end up on the menu?

As one can expect from this series, the writing is off the wall with witty humor and chaotic action. Given that the stories are often told from the perspective of another character that isn’t the Shaolin Cowboy, it often shines a different light on the character which always makes for a fun story. This issue is nothing short of action-packed mayhem and fun as Darrow places the protagonist in crazy off-the-wall scenarios where fighting a giant jellyfish or a flock of enemies is just the tip of the iceberg. In regards to the art department, Darrow continues to live up to his reputation as a virtuoso who draws everything and things with dense detail.

Everything has weight, from the action to the folds of clothing, everything feels real despite all the insane fantastical elements of beautifully orchestrated violence. Darrow’s use of creative panel layouts and cinematic choreography is an example as to why his name holds such weight no matter the creative field. Dave Stewart’s color work further enhances that beautifully dense and detailed linework of Darrows tenfold, giving the reader their money’s worth in regards to the art. Nate Piekos letters the book, keeping everything cohesive while complimenting the art, allowing for everything to fall into place as a comic should. Another solid installment for this series, and if you’re looking for something that’ll make any illustrator have a wet dream due to the creative detail alone, this book is it for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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