Blazin’ Barrels

 B25Q   (Tokyopop, 2005–2007)

™ and © 2000 Min-Seo Park
graphic novel; b&w

In a futuristic Wild West, it is widely known that Sting is a ruthless bounty hunter with deadly fighting skills and a wit to match. Or at least, one day he hopes everyone will know. Right now, Sting is only a wannabe bounty hunter, who verges more on the harmless and naïve side than anything remotely deadly. However, when Sting spots a wanted sign for an all-girl gang of unabashed outlaws, Sting hopes the capture of these femme fatales will be his ticket to fame and fortune.

— Jillian Burcar

From the Comics Buyer’s Guide:

In the gun-slinging West, the Tom Selleck lookalike Chuck Black is a famous bounty hunter. However, his style is about to be severely cramped by the sophomoric lad Sting. On the surface, Sting appears to be a bumbling boy destined for sidekick status. But, when push comes to shove, his speed and skills can’t help but impress, even if Sting doesn’t earn his share of the reward.

Now, the 70,000 gold-coin bounty on the girl gang Gold Romany is too good to pass up. But a posse of Federal Marshals aims to spring its trap first, and Sting soon gets stuck in close-quarter combat with the masked leader of the bandits. Rebounding on the trail with the lovely hunter Leanne McDuff, will Sting get another chance to bag dastardly villains?

Inspired by the likes of Trigun, Sayuki, and other hybridized manga Westerns, this Korean manhwa unfortunately adds little to the genre. Alternatively slapstick and then slick, the squinty hero so far seems a bit player in a movie everyone has seen before.

— Oliver Chin

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