Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy Lands All-Star Cover Artists (Exclusive)

CBR exclusively reveals Frank Quitely, Geof Darrow, and Ed Piskor covers for Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin #2, slated for release by Dark Horse Comics in June.

CBR can exclusively reveal Frank Quitely (Superman All Star), Ed Piskor (American Splendor) and Geof Darrow (hard boiled) covers for Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be a parent #2.

Announced earlier this year, Cruel to be a parent sees the Shaolin Cowboy attempting to protect a newborn Komodo dragon. According to Darrow, the story is essentially about raising a child in an environment in which he feels protected. However, since Shaolin Cowboy’s life is a life of violence, being a good parent proves very difficult.

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The plot synopsis for Cruel to be a parent #2 reads: “The Shaolin Cowboy finds out if the Colts and Kung Fu will guarantee him herd immunity when a herd of new enemies try to put him and his newborn baby on the endangered species list. disappearance!!!!! A pandemic of action has spread over 29 pages because IT’S THE SCU!!!!”


Speaking about his own cover for the second issue, Darrow said it was an homage to the 1964 poster. Fight, Zatoichi, Fight, his favorite film about the titular Japanese blademaster. “The story follows the blind swordsman as he travels the road trying to protect a newborn baby from the Yakuza assassins following his trail,” Darrow explained in a statement. “The baby in my ‘story’ is not a human baby, but a newborn Komodo dragon and there are no Yakuza; just monsters and very monstrously evil humans.”

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Piskor noted on Cruel to be a parent that he loves Darrow’s work and is “inspired by the way his imagination never stops and he just keeps going further and further”. Quite added, “Darrow is a unique and brilliant artist. He is one of those one-in-a-generation creators whose personal vision and technical mastery inspires and influences everyone.”


Best known for his work with Harvey Pekar and Jay Lynch, Piskor created and directed the Eisner Award-winning comic Hip-hop family tree. He is also the host of cartoonist Kayfabe alongside Jim Rugg, who recently featured Darrow as a guest.

Quitely, who frequently collaborates with acclaimed writer Grant Morrison, has won several Eisner and Harvey awards. In addition to Superman All Starhe has also worked on titles such as Authority and New X-Men.

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Created by Darrow, Shaolin Cowboy was originally published by Burlyman Entertainment from 2004 before later moving to Dark Horse Comics. The series follows a former Shaolin Monk, who has a bounty placed on his head. In 2005, Shaolin Cowboy was nominated for the Eisner Awards for Best New Series, Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team, and Best Coloring. Apart from his work on Shaolin Cowboy and comics in general, Darrow worked on concept art and storyboards for the years 1999 The matrix and its three suites.


You can see CBR’s exclusive reveal of the covers of Darrow, Piskor and Quitely for Cruel to be a parent below, in that order, alongside the solicitation information for the series.

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Geof Darrow cover for Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin #2.

Ed Piskor cover for Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin #2.

Frank Quitely cover for Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel To Be Kin #2.

Released June 22 from Dark Horse Comics, Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be a parent #2 was written and illustrated by Darrow. The title was colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Nate Piekos.

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Source: Dark Horse Comics

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