From Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos, Archaia, Roger Langridge, Brian Clevingers, Scott Wegener, Mike Maihack, and Colleen Coover
When someone recommends you check out an “all ages” comic, at least if you’re an adult, some begin to cringe, while others just shove it off entirely. The rest, reminded of their love of Peanuts, and Calvin & Hobbes will embrace it fully unto their own. With similar love, I embraced the pages of Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse like I would any of the select comics that I do own.
I was fortunate enough to learn of this comic’s existence from War Rocket Ajax, episode 107, where the previously mentioned Nate Cosby was interviewed. Granted, it wasn’t the idea of the comic that drew me to it, but it was the passion with which he spoke about it that guieded me to Amazon.com to place a pre-order. My elation grew when I heard it would be released sooner than expected, this coming at a WWE house show I was attending in Syracuse. Phones can be wonderful can’t they?
When I finally received it in the mail, two days ahead of schedule I dove in, impressed with the packaging and such from the start. The story of Boyd Linney, the ten year old bounty hunter, is one that will catch you off guard. How Linney feels and deals with his family is hilarious and tragic all at the same time. Everything about this kid is badass, his horse, his custom gun; Linney feels like Rorschach as a child, with justice on the brain, violence in mind, but a lesser form. He’s also got the walk, talk, and disposition of John Wayne right out of The Searchers.
The graphic novels greatest attribute lies in it’s ability to actually please all readers. The artwork, characters, and plot will appeal to the young readers, but the story’s deeper meaning, similar to those moments going back, re-reading Calvin & Hobbes and discovering those deep life moments, are found here as well. Simply, if you don’t have your family, then who do you have? With a sense of justice similar to Bass Reeves, you only have yourself.
Woven throughout as chapter breaks are great little short stories from varying writers, all of them listed above. The subjects range from underwear, to futuristic cow boy fighting, to a very sweet marriage proposal. These little shorts offer up some great laughs, especially when a penguin steps into one of them.
What Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos accomplish is simple, but powerful: they capture that young spirit of comics, for those who discovered them as a child; this is a great place to start for them. At the same time, it embodies all of the elements that keep adults re-reading Peanuts strips in their local newspapers. Cow Boy has earned it’s place, to be uttered in the same sentence as the aforementioned comics, and it deserves to be discovered by all, young and old, new and common to the comic book world.