This second volume finds our mounted police sergeant on the trail of young man with a wicked talent for fast shooting. Starting off as a Bonnie and Clyde style duo, the Kid of the title is left alone after a blundered bank robbery sees the local law enforcement almost put a stop to their crimes. However, he’s faster and deadlier, and is able to make his escape across the border into Canada, where the situation becomes Trent’s problem. But there’s more to this young gunslinger than first meets the eye, and it’s because of Trent’s patient, dogged determinism that he gets to slowly build a picture of his quarry and become fascinated with his outlook on life, although don’t expect this to just be an exploration of poetry, philosophy and the human condition.
Trent’s an interesting companion piece to another great Cinebook series, Lucky Luke, echoing many of its themes and historical context, but naturally without the wit and slapstick. With Trent we get to see the other side of the coin, be that the consequences of dangerous choices, of struggling to maintain law and order in a wilderness still finding its feet, or simply surviving in a vast and sometimes hostile landscape. Trent manages to bring home the brutal realism of the situation, and gives us the opportunity to walk in Trent’s boots as we do so.
Very pleased to see that on the rear cover Cinebook is lining up a series that will run to at least eight volumes, so plenty more to look forward to in what’s shaping up to be a very a series full of promise.
And if you liked that: Then take a peek at Lucky Luke while you’re at.