Pecos, is a western comedy comic book written and drawn by Yeti Press publishers, RJ Casey and Eric Roesner. The first two issues of the series were sent to me in the mail after having funded their Kickstarter with my contribution of $10. The two comics are 16-pages each, revolving around a western gunslinger named Pecos Bill and his horse Widow Maker, using cartoony art styles by Roesner and fun western folklore told by Casey.
The first issue of Pecos introduces the mystery cowboy. A group of travelers are seen around a campfire, taking turns telling stories about Pecos Bill and his insane gunslinging adventures. He’s revealed as a fierce gunslinger who raised a pack of wolves as a child (as opposed to being raised by wolves as a child), growing up to kill over 100 people and become a feared legend and ladies man. The comic’s hero is amused by the tales, as Pecos Bill is sitting in and listening to the stories of his past endeavors, as preposterous some of these claims may be.
Pecos #2 is an exciting continuation of Pecos Bill’s legend, providing an action tale involving opium, apples, train tracks, and hilarious one-liners. Bill faces a hilarious character named “Appleseed,” who places opium inside of apple cores and feeds them to townsfolk. The issue ends with a bang, as a fantastic macho grindhouse/slapstick fight scene occurs and finishes the comic on a high note.
Casey’s work on both the first and second issues of Pecos are wonderful, creating an exciting western hero and placing him in action-packed situations. This has the setup for an entertaining ongoing title, provided Pecos Bill has as interesting of villains and situations as Pecos #2 featured. Roesner’s art style can be described as cartoony, which creates a hilarious atmosphere for Pecos. Faces are illustrated with such exaggerated, dramatic structures, similar to what you would see in overly detailed gags from Adventure Time or Ren & Stimpy. It certainly adds humor where violence is shown, giving a Tarantino-esque feel to scenes in which someone dies, a one-liner is said, and blood is spurting in a crazed cartoon-like manner.
Excited to see where Pecos goes next. Casey and Roesner have succeeded in creating a hero that can dive into any predicament provided, creating an entertaining pulp-like western experience.