Titan’s Cowboy Bebop Comic Captures the Cool Energy Netflix’s Show Missed

Titan’s Cowboy Bebop Comic Captures the Cool Energy Netflix’s Show Missed
Spike Spiegel being chill as always in the middle of a gunfight. (Image: James Mathurin/Titan Comics)

The most promising thing about Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop was the potential to translate the frantic, harried, yet undeniably cool energy of Shinichiro Watanabe’s original anime series into live action, depicting Spike, Faye, and Jet as real and vital people. Though Netflix’s show was ultimately a disappointment on that front, Titan is banking on its upcoming comics series from writer Dan Watters and artist Lamar Mathurin to deliver more energy to fans. From the looks of the new book, Titan might just may have done it.

Titan’s new four issue comic was inspired by the Netflix series, and offers a series of Spike-centric stories meant to give you a sense of what made him one of the most legendary bounty hunters in the galaxy. Though Titan’s tight-lipped about details of the plot, a series of new interior images from the first issue showcases Mathurin’s vibrant, kinetic approach to illustrating Cowboy Bebop’s characters and the rustry, retrofuturistic world they live in. Even just a handful of interior shots and variant covers by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Claudia Ianniciello, Afu Chan, Yishan Li, and Yoshi Yoshitani convey that Titan’s Cowboy Bebop might actually pop in a way that Netflix’s series never managed to achieve.

Image: Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Claudia Ianniciello, Afu Chan/Titan ComicsImage: Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Claudia Ianniciello, Afu Chan/Titan Comics
Image: Yishan Li, Yoshi Yoshitani/Titan ComicsImage: Yishan Li, Yoshi Yoshitani/Titan Comics
Image: James Mathurin/Titan ComicsImage: James Mathurin/Titan Comics
Image: James Mathurin/Titan ComicsImage: James Mathurin/Titan Comics
Image: James Mathurin/Titan ComicsImage: James Mathurin/Titan Comics
Image: James Mathurin/Titan ComicsImage: James Mathurin/Titan Comics
Image: James Mathurin/Titan ComicsImage: James Mathurin/Titan Comics

Cowboy Bebop is streaming now on Netflix, and the first issue of Titan’s comic hits stores on January 19.