Matrix concept artist Geof Darrow returns with a new Shaolin Cowboy comic

Writer/artist Geof Darrow is working on a new Shaolin Cowboy series to debut later this year from Dark Horse Comics – and according to Darrow, he’s already completed all seven issues.

“I have finished my next comic book series. It will be announced soon. A seven-issue series beginning in April,” Darrow tweets (opens in new tab). “My end is finished. It is up to Dark Horse now. Shaolin C in ‘Cruel to be Kin.’ 205 pages of not world-changing stuff.”

Darrow says that this will be more “action-packed” than the previous Shaolin Cowboy series, and Dave Stewart is currently coloring it. 

Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #2 cover

Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #2 cover (Image credit: Geof Darrow (Dark Horse Comics))

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Darrow’s creator-owned Shaolin Cowboy series follows a former Shaolin monk who makes a quixotic journey across a psychedelic version of Earth populated with giant mutant sharks, robots, ninja, and more. The unnamed monk isn’t much of a talker though, but is prone to fighting, and not just with his hands – with guns, knives, and swords in his arsenal as well.

The interest in Shaolin Cowboy, however, is just as much for the character as it is the highly-detailed artwork of Geof Darrow. Darrow, who drew concept art for all four Matrix films, became a popular comics artists with works such as Hard Boiled (opens in new tab) and Big Guy and Rusty the Robot (opens in new tab).

In 2021, Dark Horse republished all three Shaolin Cowboy series to date – Shemp Buffett (opens in new tab), Who’ll Stop The Reign? (opens in new tab), and Start Trek (opens in new tab) – and are still available through your local comic shop or bookstore.

Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #1 (of 7) is anticipated in April.

This is coming later in 2022, but while you wait make sure you’ve read the best comics of 2021. 

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