Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Shaolin Cowboy - Shemp Buffet

   I'm late to the party with Shaolin Cowboy, which is surprising, since I'm a big fan of artist Geoff Darrow, whose unique style is consistently stunning.

   This recently-released collection is titled Shemp Buffet, and it almost defies description.

  Simply put, it drops the title character (who gets through the book with almost no dialogue at all) in the middle of a desert, being pursued by an army of zombies.

  At first he does the smart thing - he runs away. But when others are threatened, he turns and fights with his (shall we say) unique weapon: a long pole with chain saws on either end.

   What follows is, perversely, a pure delight, as Darrow lovingly depicts page after page after page after page (etc) of battle, all presented with amazing detail, down to the pebbles on the ground and the drops of blood that fly through the air.

   I'm not much of a horror fan, but this book presents frightening images as works of art, adding in a bit of humor and heroic efforts.

   It's not like anything I've ever seen before, and I  loved it.

   I can't recommend it highly enough.

Grade: A+


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