Review: The Shaolin Cowboy #4

Shaolin Cowboy has been a series that started out enjoyable, but has turned into a drag for me to review each month since it’s little to nothing more than a guy slaying hordes of zombies.  Originally, this was listed on Dark Horse’s site as an ongoing series, but is now a mini.  Luckily for me, this is the last issue.  And I can say that unlike the rest of this comic’s duration, it was much unexpected. Last issue, the Shaolin Cowboy’s chainsaws ran out of gas, so he’s now forced to resort to his bare hands and feet.  And that he does.  For 26 pages.  He’s finally able to find the seemingly-endless amount of zombies and defeat the very last one.  I don’t want to give the ending away since as I mentioned, you don’t see it coming at all.  But I can say it involves some characters we saw in the first issue, and provides a definite ending to this head-scratching series.  I enjoyed the ending actually quite a bit, which isn’t necessarily a compliment (if you read it you’ll see why).

Again, the art is really the only redeeming factor to justify a purchase to people who’ve liked this series.  It is incredibly impressive how much Geof Darrow fits into each panel and each page.  But does that make up for the fact that there was barely any story or any real reason to want to keep reading Shaolin Cowboy after the first issue?  Personally, I think not.

The Shaolin Cowboy #4 Cover

Score: 3/5

Writer/Artist: Geof Darrow Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 1/8/14