Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop The Reign #4 – Review

I will be honest here. I fell off of the Shaolin Cowboy train. However, Geof Darrow is so amazing that every time I see it, I want to pick it up.


Writer: Geof Darrow
Artist: Geof Darrow
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Geof Darrow

On Sale: July 19, 2017
FC / 32 pages / $3.99

Bullets, claws, and fists fly when the evil congress of King Crab and the Revengers play their final trump card and attempt to pass a ban on the Shaolin Cowboy, who filibusters heads in the most dogged way possible. Who has the stronger constitution? Find out in issue #4!!!!!!


As I said, Geof Darrow is amazing. However, I’m not really a fan of overly violent comics, especially if they’re blatantly graphic about the violence. This is what probably initially turned me off on this series. However, in reading the final issue of this mini-series, I immediately want to read the rest of it, and I don’t know that I want to wait for the trade to come out. I get the sense that Darrow is making some kind of statement on the types of individuals that would become criminal henchmen in our modern society. These guys are beyond incompetent against a trained killer. The absurdity of the pit bulls with knives on their front feet is insane and the one suspension of disbelief I afford the story, and I still bought the story of King Crab. 

Geof Darrow packs so much into every panel, and he keeps a multitude of characters distinct and consistent. His environments are believable and technically sound. Of course, there is true detail, and not meaningless lines giving the impression of detail without adding anything.

I hate that I can’t talk about more, but that would be spoiling things. The ending does give a reassuring sense of the Shaolin Cowboy’s character. It also has a nice little throwaway joke that adds to the feel of the book and its overall story. After July 19, hit me up on Facebook, and I’ll give my take on it.

Final Rating: 8.5 (out of 10) I really don’t like hyper-violent comics, but this was fun to follow through until the end.