Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities starts with Billy the Kid on a train ride after having faked his own death. Unfortunately for him he is tracked down by Fineas Sproule who not only has more than his fair share of hands but also has a job for Billy. After much persusation Billy ends up joining “Broules biological curiositities and wild west extravaganza” on their Quest for the Golems Heart. Things go from bad to worse for Billy when they discover that the treasure is being held by non other that Dr Frankenstein, who seems to have taken on a hobby that would put Herbert West (the re-animator) to shame.
The story is part western, part steam punk and a huge helping of HP Lovecraft style horror. It is oozing with twisted backdrops and grotesque characters. The story has all the hallmarks that make Erics other work, the Goon, so enjoyable to read. Billy the kid is twisted and disturbed but it also has some really funny moments and a satisfying climax. The abused childhood back story for Billy is also really well done.
Kyle Hotz artwork is excellent throughout the book and its insane cartoon style suits the story perfectly. It is definitely worth taking the time to soak in each busy frame as there are lots of things going on. Eric Powells full page artwork that are included in this TPB are absolutely stunning. [ISBN-13: 978-1593074487]. 8/10
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