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Cow Boy A Boy and His Horse Hardcover – May 23, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Cow Boy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; First Edition edition (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393671
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Ten-year-old Boyd Linney is a bounty hunter, primarily focused on bringing righteous law and consequences to his various family members gone wrong. His hobbyhorse morphs into a double-barreled shotgun when needed, and Boyd demonstrates an unforgiving will that begins as satirical but changing into something grimmer and unresolved. Five short interstitial stories appear between chapters of Boyd's ongoing story, and these are truly comic, brief sketches with unambiguous punch lines. Eliopoulos's art is slightly less clean than his work in the "Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius" (Marvel) series, but it suits the excellent color and design work he's done to make the book feel scruffy, textured, and temporally appropriate. The spare, essentialist facial cartooning is still able to convey subtlety of emotion, but the linework and loose layouts fully support any sense of dramatic tension in the enjoyably ludicrous action sequences. The closing chapter in which Boyd is able to stop being so serious and relate to his grandfather like an ordinary kid is the most successful, but it also highlights the strange morality at the heart of the narrative.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Nate Cosby is a freelance writer/editor from Mississippi. He was an editor at Marvel Entertainment for six years, overseeing acclaimed series including the Harvey-Award winning Thor The Mighty Avenger, the Eisner-Award winning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as Spider-Man, X-Men First Class, Hulk, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane and many others. Nate’s been a writer for PBS’ relaunched The Electric Company. He edited/co-wrote Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller and Immortals: Gods & Heroes. He co-writes Pigs for Image Comics, and writes Buddy Cops for Dark Horse. Nate lives in Colorado and needs more coffee

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I absolutely suggest this to anyone who enjoys westerns, young adult novels, or just comics in general.
M. S. Charles
You'll immediately be drawn to Eliopoulos' familiar art style and you'll become engrossed by Cosby's stories of the young bounty hunter.
Comic Vine
Read it online for free, sure, but definitely grab a copy to lend around your family... mine can't wait for volume 2.
Erik S. Burnham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard about Cow Boy, I was intrigued. Then I saw a sample of the book online. It is an incredible concept, but doesn't stop there. The book is smartly written with colorful, intelligent dialog, and an element of carefree, lighthearted, fun. It even touches on some serious subject matter (just enough to be educational about the time period, not enough to stop being kid-friendly fun).

While the story is one of the most fun I've read recently, the presentation is even better. Archaia raised the bar on Free Comic Book Day 2012 by offering a hardback with not only excerpts of their stories inside, but with an all new, exclusive "Cow Boy" story inside. This tipped me over the edge, and I immediately got Cow Boy. The presentation of its hardcover is even more impressive. Everything from the fonts, and typefaces used in the publishing information is presented as a part of the story.

Reading this book from cover to cover is sincerely one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had all summer. As you turn the last page you will only be disappointed that there isn't more to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like this book. I was reading this book out loud to my son because (for some reason) I thought it was a children's book (I will talk about that in a second). My husband was listening too and said I only liked it because I was talking in an accent. That may be true but it was still a good book. I highly recommend using an accent to read this because it makes it so much more fun.

This is a graphic novel that follows around a little boy who is turning in his family for bounty. He is really cute and the book is actually quite funny! Scattered throughout the book are also some short stories by various authors. I really liked a couple of them. One of them is about a man they call The Man with No Underpants. My son thought that story was hilarious. However, it was probably not entirely appropriate for his age.

Now speaking of that, I requested this book because it I thought it was going to be something to read to my son. Now he did like it but I think he was too young to understand some of the things that were going on. I would save this for kids that are a little bit older. For instance, there is a part where a black man, who I believe is a run-away slave, is getting harassed by some kids. There is a part where a girl is a worker at what seems like a whore house. Then another part with a cross dressing man. So I don't really recommend this for young kids but I didn't realize that until I was reading it.

The graphics in this book were good to, I have no complaints on those. I think this book would look great if it was in hardcover.

Overall though I really enjoyed this book and I recommend you pick it up.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Freesh on September 15, 2012
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The short: This book rocks, storytelling at it's finest. It is a light and fun comic book for all ages that nonetheless deals with very difficult themes. The superbly designed hardcover that integrates itself into the setting of the story is alone worth the purchase!

I've been a fan of Nate Cosby's since before he was an editor at Marvel. His dialog is always fun and witty, while stylistically always serving the characters and story. This is because more than being a great writer, Cosby is a master storyteller. His interest is in telling the best story, so everything must serve that story.

For example, as both an editor and a writer, he never seeks an artist because their art is great. He seeks out an artist because their style is perfect for the story he is telling, or because he knows they have the talent and versatility to produce great art that supports the story. The art serves the story, just as the dialog does, etc... Nate gets this, and he pulls it off effortlessly.

I can't wait for more of Cow Boy and more of any book by Nate Cosby!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghotire on May 19, 2012
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The dialogue is the star of this book. Like any great western, it employs the unique simplicity of the language of its time to craft truly great dialogue, both humorous and dramatic. It's almost Shakespearean in the way that your mind doesn't immediately recognize the words and phrases, but innately can decipher their meaning. Worthy of a Clint Eastwood movie, or more recently, Joss Whedon's Firefly. Rough, tough, and eloquent all at the same time.

The art is basically in the style of Charles Schulz with a twist of Bill Waterson and a darker, more earth-toned color palette. It's very effective and consistently well done!

The story is almost disturbing, given that it is about a 10 year-old bounty hunter who's turned on his own family, but since his intentions are honorable and his sense of right reigns supreme, it's actually heartwarming... even slightly heart-wrenching. In the words of my mother, who never reads comics but picked this up and read through almost the whole thing in one sitting: "This is darling"

Highly recommended, and I can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Charles on May 18, 2012
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Boyd Linney was born into an amoral family of criminals. He is relentless and ruthless in his desire to put an end to the Linney legacy of crime by traversing the old west to stop them. No kin is safe. Either they come in peace or they will be silenced.

He has a horse. A Gun. And a desire to do right.

He's 10 years old.

I absolutely suggest this to anyone who enjoys westerns, young adult novels, or just comics in general. The presentation alone is gorgeous. Hard cover, thick pages, beautiful art. Sweet and fun are the best words to come to mind.

Please be a volume 2 soon?
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