I’m a sucker for Westerns. I won’t deny this, so perhaps I’m a little biased in saying this, but Cow Boy is brilliant, and also free, so you won’t have any excuse not to go read it. It is the story of a ten-year-old cowboy called Boyd Linney, his horse Hickory and his quest for his parents. Except of course, there’s a twist. Boyd is a bounty hunter and his family is full of outlaws. Also, he’s probably the most badass ten-year-old cowboy to have ever graced the pages of a comic-book, or just about any story.
Step aside Jonah Hex, when Boyd steps into a bar you best pay attention, or else he’ll come back guns ablaze and make you pay. Oh yes! The action is spot on, this is not a cowboy you want to mess around with. Of course, it’s also funny, after all we’re talking about a ten-year-old bounty hunter, and there are bound to be some raised eyebrows as our intrepid hero deals with a mostly adult world. This is where Chris Eliopoulos’s artwork perfectly enhances the story. His style conveys the humor, action, and exaggerated eexpressions to make it all work.
The best part, it’s an all-ages title! Not only is this a story that manages to infuse something new into the good ol’ western genre by means of an unflappable ten-year-old, but you can also share it with kids. Sure you’ve probably fought all your life to prove that comics are not for kids, but the number of awesome comics you can share with a kid is getting kind of sparse. Well good news, once Cow Boy gets the hardcover treatment in March, it should make make a damn good read for both fans of westerns and that next generation of comic-book fans. In the meantime, I can’t wait to read the next part online.