Review: The Crow: Pestilence #4
What Salvador thought he knew…what he thought was driving his furious vengeance…has violently shifted. And when a former enemy is revealed as friend, these events converge to change Salvador’s path forever.
The conclusion of IDW’s latest Crow miniseries hits this week with The Crow: Pestilence #4. The story is written by Frank Bill with art from Drew Moss. Oliver Lee Arce handles colors with Shawn Lee rounding things out with lettering. Pestilence has been a thrill ride, but does it go out with a bang?
Salvador has been fighting his way toward his ultimate vengeance for what was done to him and his family. He’s taken down most of the gang that slaughtered his wife, but there’s still one man left. The only problem is Salvador is in a bit of a bind- literally. He was weakened and captured by some thugs and a supernatural entity called Santa Muerta. With the end of his quest in sight, Salvador has to reach down deep, and with the help of the Crow, prepare himself for the final showdown. When he finds out that everything he fought so hard for isn’t what he thought it was, Salvador has to decide whether vengeance is really his ultimate goal. What secrets will Salvador learn about that fateful day his family died? Will he be able to complete his mission or will he fall short of his goal?
Bill writes an action-packed and emotionally intense finale. The majority of the issue is pedal to the metal, explosive action, but Bill brings it down a notch with a surprisingly touching and dramatic final few pages. The shocking revelation Salvador finds changes the game entirely, and Bill gives it real weight. Moss’ art really pulls off the gamut of emotions as well. Things are visceral and really violent for the most part, but Moss is able to flip a switch and really explores the characters and how they’re feeling in a specific moment. Once again, Moss keeps things bloody and violent without going over the top. It’s a fine line, but Moss walks it well. Arce’s colors are stunning. There is a splash page that really knocks your socks off with the way Moss’ art and Arce’s colors work together perfectly. For the majority of the issue Salvador is covered in blood, so the clash of black, white, and red makes for some striking imagery.
Bottom Line: The Crow: Pestilence has been a different kind of Crow story. Bill and Moss get in and tell a great story in only four issues. Salvador goes on a real journey throughout the series, and hopefully we as readers get to travel with Bill and Moss again. 4/5
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