This Weird Western, 104-page graphic novel stars the uncouth, illiterate, ill-mannered, xenophobic Billy the Kid in one of his bizarre adventures after faking his death. Henry McCarty/William Bonney is recruited by a six-armed, dapper gentleman who is a kind of ringmaster/mastermind of a circus sideshow. Turns out the “oddities,” which include a lizard man, a dog-faced boy, a tiny person, a wild man and a tattooed lady, need the gunslinger to help them retrieve the fabled “golem’s heart” from Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
And it just gets weirder from there.
Frankenstein has been using the golem’s heart to continue his bizarre experiments with mutated human beings, creating legions of icky, gooey, misshapen and mostly-mindless monstrosities. The Kid needs to overcome some of his own personal demons involving child abuse, learn to trust the carnies, and wipe out Frankenstein’s unending horde of nightmarish creations.
Billy the Kid is an entirely unsympathetic protagonist and Frankenstein’s living hallucinations are way beyond bizarre, sort of like Dr. Seuss having a really bad LSD trip. The story by Eric Powell and outlandish illustrations by Kyle Hotz push the envelope pretty hard, but the story turns out to be entertaining and emotionally satisfying, despite the reader never really siding with the hero.