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Kazu Kibuishi’s Daisy Kutter

January 5th, 2009     by Tiina Johns     Comments

Do you think about alternate universes a lot? Yeah, me too. I especially love post-apocalyptic sci-fi Western worlds. I like space and robots, and I also like cowboys and livin’ off the land. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect world.

So I was delighted to read Kazu Kibuishi’s, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a Young Adult graphic novel about a tough as heck cowboy lady in the robot-filled old West.

Daisy has retired from a life of crime, and wiles away each day at her general store.

But she’s not totally on the up and up either. Her former partner in crime, and ex-BF, is now the town sheriff. He keeps trying to get Daisy to use her gun-toting skills and killer fighting moves on the side of the law with him, but she’s having none of it.

When Daisy loses her store to a mysterious opponent in poker game, things start to go awry. She’s a approached by two men (well, one human-man and one robot-man), who offer her a job–robbing a train. Daisy refuses, since she’s left the life of crime behind. But there’s a catch–she’s robbing the train at the owner’s request, so he can test his supposedly unbeatable security system. Daisy’s hurting for money, since she lost all her worldly possessions in the the poker game, so she accepts. But something isn’t right and this simple train job turns into a dangerous and terrifying mission.

This is the type of book you’ll sit down to read and you won’t get up until you’re done. The action-filled plot makes you want to turn the pages, but Kibuishi’s absolutely stunning art will make you linger and appreciate every image.

Kibuishi is best known for his super popular series of graphic novels, Flight. And people are currently going bonkers for his new children’s fantasy graphic novel, Amulet. I haven’t read either of those yet, but I’m dying to.

There are rumours of more Daisy Kutter volumes, but no sign of them yet. I’m gonna chant “MORE ROBOT COWBOYS!” everyday until it happens.

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