The Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #1

Writer: Geof Darrow Artist: Geof Darrow Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 18, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
9.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

In Phase 4 of the SCU, the Shaolin Cowboy finds his parenting skills being tested when he is forced to homeschool during a pandemic of unparalleled violence, in this story torn from yesterday's viral twitter feeds.

Can he get a kung fu grip on the situation before a horde of .45 loving human monsters and not so human monsters send him to the ICU?

Only guns, swords, and flying guillotines will tell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Hank Essman May 19, 2022

    The Shaolin Cowboy gets a third title: Father. Hopefully he'll make for a better dad than he did a monk. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 17, 2022

    Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin is a work of art in more ways than one. It's positively weird, and likely the weirdest comic you'll read all year. Pair that weirdness with the incredible visuals and Shaolin Cowboy will take your breath away. There's nothing else like Shaolin Cowboy in comics or in any other media. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman May 17, 2022

    The Shaolin Cowboy returns for a new seven-issue series. Excreted from the wonderfully warped mind of Geof Darrow, this latest installment shows the unnamed protagonist through the eyes of a baby Komodo dragon, who narrates the tale. Just go with it. It's great! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea May 18, 2022

    You don't have to know anything about Shaolin Cowboy going into 'Cruel to be Kin.' It's meant to be experienced in the moment and just enjoy the ride. Asking questions will be futile, just give in to the craziness on the page and don't worry about motivation or backstory or none of that baggage. Follow along as the Cowboy and a baby lizard escape death in a desert chased by, well, you should just buy it and see for yourself. This is one of the most entertaining stories you'll see in comics because it's just fun from beginning to end. It has to be read to be believed.  Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi May 21, 2022

    The Shaolin Cowboy is back! SHAOLIN COWBOY: CRUEL TO BE KIN #1 is an excellent start to the new series packed with the incredible art and action you know and love. Amituofu! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Tim Adams May 18, 2022

    Geo Darrow goes big with detailed backgrounds and ideas, especially when it comes to the fight scenes between the Shaolin Cowboy and his amphibian enemies. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Van Richten May 21, 2022

    Darrow is a master craftsman, and every comic he creates is a joy - albeit a bloody one.

  • 10
    maljoss May 18, 2022

    I don't know what the hell I just read... but I love it!

    Shaolin Cowboy is back, with all the insanity that thought entails. Cruel to be Kin picks up where Who'll Stop the Reign left off - the Cowboy (who will always be Clint Mifune to me from now on) standing outside the Chick Inn, clutching his chest, possibly dying. The issue is largely flashback, as one of the talking monitor lizards that has a deal with the city to keep the streets clear of carrion relates the story of his childhood wandering the desert with the Cowboy. There's a kung fu fight with a giant lizard,and an encounter with Stuey-Hitler riding a flying jellyfish. Pure insanity, and yet I was able to buy in instantly.

    Not enough can be said about Geoff more

  • 5.0
    Bruno Mael May 19, 2022

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