Cowboys Hardcover – 23 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Gary Phillips, comics writer, is best known for his creation of Angeltown. He also wrote Shotcallers and Midnite Mover for ONI Press. Brian Hurtt, american artist, worked on the second arc of Queen & Country, as well as Gotham Central.
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Vertigo publish comics for mature readers, thus this isn't suitable for children as it does contain violence, strong language and adult situations.
It opens at a high class Restaurant. Where a gun battle has just taken place, and many are dead or wounded. In the aftermath, two men are still standing. At the point of each other's guns. One claims to be a cop. The other an FBI agent. As their superiors argue outside, a shot rings out.
Then the story flashes back in time several weeks. It introduces us to Deke Kotto, a detective who does things his way. Has a marriage that is in trouble. And many one night stands. His superior is on the verge of becoming Police Commissioner, and Kotto can help him get the job with a big arrest. By bringing down a record producer with connections to organised crime.Kotto will have to go undercover to do it.
At the same time, happily married family man FBI agent Tim Brady goes undercover to investigate a community leader with ties to organised crime. And possibly terrorism. And the mobster Kotto is investigating.
Unknown to the police and the FBI, both men are working the same case. From different angles.
Can they find the evidence they need? And can they keep control of their personal lives as well?
There are a lot of characters in here but you do quickly get used to everyone, as the black and white artwork is detailed and distinctive. The narrative jumps back and forth between both leads quite regularly, but you're never left confused as to what is going on.
It steadily becomes quite a gripping read as it manages to start to tie both plot strands together. It jumps up from being a four star read to a five star one thanks to a superb final quarter which offers a couple of good surprises as to why things went down the way they did prior to the opening scene. And a powerful few pages after that which offer even more surprises as to what happens in the end to several of the characters.
A gripping and involving character drama and a superb read. Well worth a look.