Review: The Crow: Pestilence #1
Juarez, Mexico. A young boxer, Salvador, refuses to take a fall, but has no problem taking a vicious drug gang’s pay-off. When they take their lethal revenge on the Salvador and his family, he returns as THE CROW, in search of vengeance…and forgiveness.
A new Crow arises to take his vengeance this week in the pages of The Crow: Pestilence #1. The story is written by Frank Bill with art by Drew Moss. Oliver Lee Arce handles colors with Shawn Lee tackling lettering. So is Pestilence a good read or is it just as hazardous as its name suggests?
Juarez, Mexico is a place run by corrupt men who want to sell drugs and trap women. Their favorite racket is paying fighters to take a dive so they can sweep up the money when the longshot ends up winning. Salvador was a fighter that was paid to go down in the third round. The only problem was Salvador wanted to get his family out of their shack and give them a better life. The only way he could do that was to turn on the gang and not take a dive. Salvador becomes the newest avenging spirit of vengeance, so you can guess how the plan goes. When the new Crow emerges, he’s out to seek a little revenge, a little justice, and a whole lot of forgiveness. What happened to Salvador’s family? Will he be able to take own an entire drug cartel?
Bill writes a dramatic and fast-paced story. Things are set up a little differently with some non-linear storytelling going on for the majority of the issue. It shakes things up from previous Crow entries and really plays up the intensity and scale of things. These are evil men Salvador is trying to take down and we get to see why in graphic detail. The entire premise is unlike anything we’ve seen, so it’s interesting to see how Bill adds his own little twists and flourishes to the property. Moss’ artwork is fantastic. He does some great character work and introduces some very distinct and stylish designs to flesh out Bill’s world. The Crow looks huge and intimidating as well. Moss has an edge that plays up the grittiness and the savagery in the story. He presents the brutality and violence of things without making it too over the top or gory. That’s helped by Arce’s colors too. Things are bright, but not cheerful. There are some eye-catching primary colors, but it’s all funneled through the gritty story.
Bottom Line: The Crow: Pestilence is a great introduction for a new miniseries with a lot of promise. Bill has a good handle on The Crow and what he can do, so now we get to see him in action. 4/5
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