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Review: Cowboy Bepop: Supernova Swing by Dan Watters and illustrated by Lamar Mathurin

It’s been ages since I read anything or watched anything with Cowboy Bepop. So when I got the opportunity to read Cowboy Bepop: Supernova Swing I was thrilled. This little trip down nostalgia lane combined with the cover that seems to echo John Cho, brought me back! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


In 2071, a crew of bounty hunters, known as Cowboys, travel the solar system in search of outlaws on their reliable ship, Bebop.

Spike has a past full of violence he can never escape. Jet was a cop who lost faith in the system. Faye is a renegade who trusts nobody. Together they hunt for bounty and adventure, all the while searching for the one thing that connects them all – somewhere they belong.

In this jam-packed tale of hijinks and mayhem, the crew are on the hunt for a bounty called Melville, an ex-syndicate member who possesses a vest which grants the user unlimited luck! A prize as deadly as it is dazzling – how can they resist?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

There’s something fun about something being nostalgic, while also seeing it re-invigorated in pop culture. Cowboy Bepop: Supernova Swing feels cinematic, like a movie poster still frame. Immediately what jumped out to me was the drawing and illustration style. There’s a distinct style to the characters, but also the colors are vibrant and give it an almost larger than life feel immediately. It’s been so long since I watched some of Cowboy Bepop that I’ve forgotten the major players.

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But also who doesn’t love a corgi?? Cowboy Bepop: Supernova Swing is a fast paced action story which doesn’t shy away from dialogue. From a world building perspective, I love how nuanced, gritty, and complicated the planet is. Plus if you don’t know anything about Cowboy Bepop but love graphic novels with betrayal – this is for you! I love the boundless nature of being on a bounty and having this potential for advancement. So I’m excited to see where this new endeavor goes! Find Cowboy Bepop: Supernova Swing on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


What is your favorite nostalgic story you would want adapted?

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