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The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine: The Way of No Way!: 1 [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Vachss , Geof Darrow , Gary Gianni , Scott Gustafson
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Best selling author Andrew Vachss teams with award-wining artist Geof Darrow to revive the spirit and format of the pulp novels of the 30s and 40s. The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine is the first new hero-pulp to be printed in decades and combines hard-hitting prose with illustrated mayhem. The Shaolin Cowboy: The Way of 'No Way!' is a kung fu gripping tale of high adventure and relentless bloodshed. The Shaolin Cowboy and his trusty mule battle overwhelming odds and inclement weather against enemies thirsting for revenge and retribution in the battle royal to end all battle royals. * Best selling crime-fiction author Andrew Vachss! * Geof Darrow co-creator of Doc Frankenstein, Hard Boiled, and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4174 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2FU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,153,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for "aggressive-violent" youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, two collections of short stories, and a wide variety of other material including song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a "children's book for adults." His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, and many other forums. His books have been awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére, the Falcon Award, Deutschen Krimi Preis, Die Jury des Bochumer Krimi Archivs and the Raymond Chandler Award (per Giurìa a Noir in Festival, Courmayeur, Italy). Andrew Vachss' forthcoming books include Heart Transplant (Dark Horse Books, October 2010), a collaboration with Frank Caruso that attempts to reset the cultural software as it pertains to bullying, and The Weight (Pantheon, November 2010), a crime novel. The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work is vachss.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A cowboy unlike any other 19 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine No 1 by Andrew Vachss, Geof Barrow and Michael A. Black includes two novelettes that remind the reader of Pulp Fiction (the movie and the genre) and science fiction stories.

I'll say it right from the start; this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year so far. It's action-packed, it's funny and it doesn't take itself seriously. The two stories in this volume are quite different from each other, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the reader can't enjoy them just the same.

The first story tells what the Way of "No Way" is all about. It is here that we for the first time set eyes on the Shaolin Cowboy, a mercenary of sorts that wanders around an almost deserted land, where the only law is that of the outlaw. The Cowboy is not your usual mercenary though; he does have his own code of ethics, he always wears a Chicago Cubs baseball cap, and he travels on a mule that's too strong and in its own right has quite an attitude. The two of them definitely complement each other in more than one ways. They are not only partners in crime but they also have a silent understanding that never allows one to get into the other's way.

As we get to know the Cowboy better we come to realize that he's not only lethal but also kind. When the need arises he helps the weak and even goes out of his way to find them refuge. The villains though are a different story. They are evil, simple as that, but their characters and the way the author describes their looks is one of the reasons that I really enjoyed this story.

The boss, the big boss of the land actually, is a fat man that goes by the initials T.A. These mean Totally Awesome according to his followers, but what they really stand for is Toxic Amoeba.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun I've had all year... 7 Dec. 2012
By C. Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You usually don't expect belly laughs when you read Andrew Vachss. His various fictional worlds are tough and lethal, and the rare moments of humor are hard-won. But SHAOLIN COWBOY shows us just how hilarious Vachss can be. These wild and wacky adventures of a chubby Asian killing machine with a heart of gold hit my funnybone as consistently as the Cowboy's weapons reach their (less than) human targets. The Mule, the Cowboy's erstwhile (and always aroused) companion, is the most hilarious sidekick since Sancho Panza, and Vachss allows us frequent glimpses as to just what this acerbic, four-footed Lothario is thinking. There's also a moral in the manic madness, and the child protection organization, Protect, is given a loving shout-out. Geoff Darrow's beautifully detailed illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to the prose, and the pulp magazine format works beautifully. It feels like you're actually reading a mid-30's pulp adventure, double columned and profusely illustrated. Vachss's satirical sword skewers many of society's best-loved darlings, regardless of politics -- it's a delightfully all-inclusive offense machine, and one of the funniest things I've read all year. More, please!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cowboy unlike any other 19 Nov. 2012
By Lakis Fourouklas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine No 1 by Andrew Vachss, Geof Barrow and Michael A. Black includes two novelettes that remind the reader of Pulp Fiction (the movie and the genre) and science fiction stories.

I'll say it right from the start; this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year so far. It's action-packed, it's funny and it doesn't take itself seriously. The two stories in this volume are quite different from each other, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the reader can't enjoy them just the same.

The first story tells what the Way of "No Way" is all about. It is here that we for the first time set eyes on the Shaolin Cowboy, a mercenary of sorts that wanders around an almost deserted land, where the only law is that of the outlaw. The Cowboy is not your usual mercenary though; he does have his own code of ethics, he always wears a Chicago Cubs baseball cap, and he travels on a mule that's too strong and in its own right has quite an attitude. The two of them definitely complement each other in more than one ways. They are not only partners in crime but they also have a silent understanding that never allows one to get into the other's way.

As we get to know the Cowboy better we come to realize that he's not only lethal but also kind. When the need arises he helps the weak and even goes out of his way to find them refuge. The villains though are a different story. They are evil, simple as that, but their characters and the way the author describes their looks is one of the reasons that I really enjoyed this story.

The boss, the big boss of the land actually, is a fat man that goes by the initials T.A. These mean Totally Awesome according to his followers, but what they really stand for is Toxic Amoeba. It is exactly this man that the Cowboy is traveling to meet through the desert, the Terror-tories, a journey that offers the reader a lot of action and some laughs. For instance at a point our hero sees a sign that says: You are now leaving the endless desert, and not before too long he finds another one that suggests: What, you didn't bring a dictionary? Look up "Endless," stupid.

Well, Cowboy is about to live the adventure of his life, an adventure that reminds the reader of the movies of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez, and during which anything can happen.

The second story in this volume Time Factor is written by Michael A. Black, and it more than less belongs to the Sci Fi genre. This is the story of Dr. Riley and another couple of men who are assigned a mission into the jungles of New Mexico. They have to find the members of an expeditionary force that went missing. However, in order to accomplish that, they first have to travel back in time, and the Cretaceus period, where the scenery is to say the least imposing.

What happens to them while there gives birth to too many questions into the mind of Dr. Riley, but the truth is that the answers he will not like; answers I will not provide, because when it comes to spoilers this is as good, or as bad, as it gets.

In this story too there's plenty of action and some great characters that are not so easy to forget. It is violent, but it's also funny in a way, especially when one of the heroes insists on doing his own thing, putting everyone else into trouble.

I really look forward to the second edition of The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great work by Vachss and Darrow 5 May 2013
By Kortick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine is a great read. The main story is written by Andrew Vachss who is known for his ususally very serious writings. Here he delves into the humor that does occasionally pop up in his regular novels and short stories. It is interesting to see Vachss focus on the humor while telling the story and not the message behind the writings.

Along with the almost always silent killing machine asian cowboy is his trusty sidekick, the Mule. A mule who likes to drink beer and take Viagra. The mule silently thinks some of the most amusing lines that people do not get to hear but fortunately the reader does. An encounter with a young girl gets to bring in some additional character development and humor. Also the always watching radioactive King Crab (yes really) has some great insights as to all the things going on.

There is a second shorter story written by Michael Black that is very good as well.

I found this book to be a fun read, its filled with a combo of Vachss humor as well as his gritty, dark side as well. The illustrations by Darrow are excellent and the one page 'ads' are great.

As a fan of Vachss this was a great way to experience a lighter side of his writing skills.
Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in Cheek 5 Nov. 2012
By Stephanie B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great tongue in cheek of the good old days comics..Love the commercial adverts as well as the stories. Once again a total hit right out of the park. Vachss never disappoints me yet in his writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sly and Mellow 24 Dec. 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not only is this funny, it is funny in a lot of different ways. There is some very engaging and downright witty dialogue. There is a lot of subtle and not so subtle satire across a wide range of contemporary subjects, (environmentalism, the NRA, gun control, politics, celebrity, you name it), and across an even wider range of action/adventure conventions. There are obvious jokes, and slapstick jokes, and goofs on hyper-violent entertainment, but there are also some very thoughtful and insightful asides about those same subjects. The whole endeavor is just so much more inventive, entertaining and well thought out than I would have expected.

This is complemented by the fact that the characters - the Cowboy, the Mule, the Little Girl - are fairly well developed and appealing. The villains aren't as much fun, but that's O.K. since most of the book is taken up with the Shaolin Cowboy traveling to meet up with the bad guys.

So, if you want something a bit off kilter and more rewarding than just an action comic, this is a fine choice. (There is also a sci-fi novella, but it's a pretty lightweight add on in the time travel/butterfly vein.)

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this work for review purposes.
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