Shaolin Cowboy #3


By Geof Darrow & Dave Stewart

The third issue has the Shaolin Cowboy continuing his seemingly endless battle with the undead horde. As he traverses this dangerous path he prepares for the worst…

This book, just as the previous, only has the Cowboy fighting for 33 pages… And the fight is still not finished! If Geof Darrow’s goal is to convey how seemingly endless the zombie legion is, that could possibly explain why he is taking so long to conclude the struggle. There continues to be no direction for this plot; more story was given in the first issue than the last two. Darrow is a talented artist, that is undeniable, but he should not sacrifice story for art. It seems that #4 will put things back on track, let’s hopes so…

It was very refreshing to see that some the pages had different panel layouts. It kept the comic dynamic and allowed the reader to be focused on the action from panel-to-panel.  Pages 14 and 30 through 33 are the best in the book! There were some indulgences where Geof had the same layout for 12 pages, but that is far better than 32. Dave Stewart continues his great implementation of color. The contrast of the brown and green zombies and the Shaolin Cowboy works so well and keeps the book vibrant.

Shaolin Cowboy has shown improvement in issue three, but it still has long way to go to reach its potential.