Posted by Andrew Gonzalez On June - 29 - 2013 0 Comment

The Crow is a fantastic series for many reasons. The original six issue series, simply titled The Crow, was a beautifully written book that’s been translated into almost a dozen languages and has sold around 750,000 copies worldwide. It inspired a movie of the same title, which was associated with the death of Actor Brandon Lee, who played the book and the movies main protagonist Eric Draven. The movie was widely successful , and since Lee’s death, the importance of the movie has skyrocketed and solidified by fans of the series and actor. The film sequels and a even a television series was produced, even other comic series such as The Crow: Skinning The Wolves and several other volumes of the original title name, The Crow. It’s also one of the few comics that still have its creator, Janes O’Barr, as the main writer. Which is expected since the series was created by O’Barr as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. Such emotion and amazing writing is done by O’Barr once again in this new series, The Crow: Curare.

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This book has something that I look for in every comic that I crack open- a lovable-jerk protagonist. Detective Francis Joseph Salk is an old, cranky wise ass who’s seen too many murders, and a flashback mid issue shows that he’s been that way for a long time. With a soft spot for children, his job as a detective becomes that much more difficult when he becomes obsessed with the murder of a nine year old girl, who appears to be the new Crow (maybe). Death is always associated with The Crow, but a little girl, brutally beaten and raped, adds a scary realism and a serious tone to the comic that made me read it with such intrigue, and grabbed my attention like it was a TV show. The narrative in the book is very fitting and O’Barr is a magician with words. He seamlessly paints a picture with his descriptive talent, and his ability to project such emotion from a page. But that’s not the only thing coming off of the page.
Antoine Dodé provides a fantastic watercolor to the book.

Dodé’s monochromatic watercolor art provides a great deal of gloom and darkness to the book that fits so well with the story and where it’s heading. Most of the book looks like a black and white horror comic, but with more blues and indigos, until the mid issue flashback where “happier times” are shown with monochrome reds and oranges. It was a great choice to bring Antoine Dodé onto this book. I can’t wait until he next issue and what lies next for the detective and The Crow.

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Rating: ★★★★☆ Great

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