Review: The Crow: Pestilence #2
Salvador heads to the Midwest to search for the men who murdered his family, only to find them involved in trafficking drugs…and humans. As The Crow watches, guiding him, he begins to exact his revenge. But why is one of the gang members speaking with the police?
The newest take on The Crow continues this month in The Crow: Pestilence #2. The story is written by Frank Bill with art by Drew Moss. Oliver Lee Arce handles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. The first issue set up some interesting things, but does the next installment kick it up a notch?
Salvador is still adjusting to his newfound life, or rather afterlife, as the embodiment of vengeance. After failing to throw a fight he was paid to lose, Salvador, his wife, and his child were brutally murdered by the drug-running and flesh-peddling gang who terrorizes their town. On the path for revenge, Salvador has found out where Mange Hound, the man who facilitated the killings, is hiding. While he has to beat down a thug or two to get the specifics, Salvador is a man determined. Hot on the trail of one of the many men he wants to take down, can anything stop The Crow? Will Salvador get the answers he searches for? Will he be able to rest even if he does?
Bill writes a fast-paced and action-heavy story. The first issue was a lot of set-up, but now Salvador is hot on the case and ready to bust heads. This is a more violent and adrenaline-fueled issue that manages to layer in some more of Salvador’s story and why he’s doing what he’s doing, not only for his own peace of mind, but because of just how bad this gang truly is. Moss’ artwork is a great fit for this series. He presents some violent and fierce imagery, but he keeps it from being too over the top or gory. Things get grisly, but Moss’ style keeps it from being downright disturbing. The artist is able to deliver the chills and horror though. Arce’s colors give things a sort of gritty edge while still keeping it bright overall. Like Moss’ balancing act, Arce walks the line between downright realism and a more comic book feel.
Bottom Line: The Crow: Pestilence is starting to buck against the norm when it comes to Crow stories, so it will be very intriguing to see just how far Bill and company take it as we really get going now. 3.5/5
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