The GeeksverseIDW’s The Crow #1-Advanced Review

IDW’s The Crow #1-Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by

I vividly remember being in the theater with the Ghostbusters, Batman, and other great films. For a brief moment in middle school the biggest film was The Crow, starring Brandon Lee.  The film became legendary. Eventually, like many fans, I realized that it was based on a comic book that was radically different from the Spider-Man and Superman that we were accustomed to reading before school. Now, The Crow is returning.IDW has revived some great properties recently.

The Crow was created by James O’Barr, but has been handled by a variety of different writers and creators over he years. Immortalized on film four times with constant rumors of more movies on the way, a short lived television series, and several comic books this character set up is readily familiar. Tragedy raises a vengeful spirit to exact revenge against a dark and cruel world.

This dark cruel world is set in Tokyo, but has ties back to Detroit. The Westerner and the foreign exchange student have returned home. He is less than embraced by her traditional minded family. Like all Detroit couples in this series their fate should be fairly clear without the need of a spoiler alert.

Like the first two films and TV show shadowy characters are also trying to subvert mortality in pursuit of corrupted immortality. In this case an elderly woman and a corrupt corporation are going beyond the limits of normal biology and bio-engineering to prolong their life.

Like the other incarnations of this series, the conflict of life, death, and mortality are swept together against the happy couple in Tokyo. As expected at the end of this exposition death begets a force of vengeance.

The Crow: Death & Rebirth written by John Shirley, art by Kevin Colden, colors by Matthew Wilson, letters by Shawn Lee, editorial assist by Toni Korde & Chris Ryall behind seven different covers on the first issue.

Kevin Colden’s art reminds me of Fuso’s from IDW’s G.I. Joe, which is nice but is far from my personal favorite art style. The bodies seem to distort occasionally and lose proportion but overall is nice. The shadows and colors make the art more than functional. Although I would be interested in seeing this in black and white after looking back at the preview.

As expected in the first issue this is a set-up of the action to come but it has plenty of pain built in. Moving the couple from Detroit to Tokyo seems interesting. It will be interesting to see how the location plays a role in the story. Devil’s night and the run down personality of Detroit, MI has always been a contributing character to these stories. The returning spirits always bring back partial memories and an unusual amount of fighting skills. In this case, John Shirley has given the Crow a reason to come back fighting and wielding a blade.

This first issue sets up a familiar world with the pain that will let the action unroll. Because it is exposition to this multi-part story the comic can still go in a number of directions. It’ll be curious to see what happens in issue #2. If you’re a fan of this franchise then this is a comic to pick up. IDW has the potential to be one of the best comic interpretations of this character, ranking alongside or above Kitchen Sink Press, Caliber Comics, and Image Comics.

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    • Coincidentally, I was just re-watching the original The Crow movie on DVD a few of hours ago. It’s aged remarkably well for a film so entrenched in our conception of 1990s pop culture. 

      Also, Bai Ling used to be so hawt before she turned into a living skeleton.


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