There are a ton of great independent comics that become lost in a marketplace dominated by Marvel and DC. 'Bikini Cowboy' shows that the internet and apps like Comixology can allow any creator to share their story without having to jump through the hurdles of traditional publishing.
Bikini Cowboy follows Jill McKay, aka Whisky Jill, as she makes her way across the American Frontier of 1812. She has no problem with finding unwanted attention as every guy becomes slack-jawed around her immodest outfit that clearly stands out in the Wild West. On her adventures in the desert, she rescues a young boy and takes him under her wing while they remain on the run from some men looking to capture them. Like every great western, 'Bikini Cowboy' has chases, showdowns, and redemption that makes the journey well worth it.
When I discovered 'Bikini Cowboy' I was immediately drawn into the story's pace and dialogue. It is clear that L. Frank Weber knows how to tell a story and his background as a storyboard artist really shines through. There is a lot of charm through the story, especially in the relationship between Whisky Jill and the young boy, Rod. The artwork is un-inked, un-colored pencils but remains very clean and doesn't lose anything by remaining a little rough. The character expression really pop and bring every emotion or reaction to life.
Whisky Jill is a fun Western hero that never becomes saccharine and Rod is a good counter who is generally confused by what Jill is doing in a very innocent way. Even the villain, The Marshall, is well developed and a character that you start to feel sympathetic towards.
Right now, 'Bikini Cowboy' is a single volume but L. Frank Weber is looking to fund its sequel. You can read the entire comic for free at his website or purchase it on Comixology for $5.99. Considering the quality and depth of his hard work, it would be a purchase you wouldn't regret.