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Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse Hardcover – May 23, 2012
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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 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.
This is book isn't the sort of thing you expect it to be. Chris Eliopolis's style is cute and cartoony so you you kind of expect the book to have that sort of tone. It doesn't. Boyd Linney, despite his small size and cuteness, is force to be reckoned with. He is a serious child in a serious world and it's best not to turn your back on him or get in the way of his mission.
Boyd is a bounty hunter. A reasonably good egg from a family full of rotten ones. And instead of doing wrong like they do, he chooses to right their wrongs and turn his kin into the law. He does this in some surprisingly clever way. This story should ridiculous but it isn't. You feel for Boyd and you want him to succeed.
Boyd Linney isn't perfect. He's full of anger and he makes a mistake that is kind of heartbreaking. But this character make so much sense and Nate Crosby makes him so believable that you want nothing more than to see him prevail (and get a big hug).
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!
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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