Review: The Crow: Curare #1
Just last week, I gave you a review that brought James O’Barr back to The Crow in the exciting Skinning the Wolves tales. In classic fashion O’Barr took the mayhem to a whole new level. This week, O’Barr is back in the gruesome yet gripping The Crow: Curare. I’ll be honest and tell you that the story is quite heavy and deals with a topic that may be a bit too real for some. Having said that, this is a very compelling story and it will certainly get your attention. The best comparison I can give you would be one of those really hard to watch episodes of your favorite crime drama. As those series often are, Curare is taken from a real case back in 1973, roughly the same time this story is set.
Joe Salk is a retired cop whose life is unraveling and falling apart, sending him into an abyss of darkness and sadness. Typical fodder for The Crow. What started this downward spiral was the shocking and brutal murder of a young girl. The case, which went unsolved, was also the undoing of his marriage due to his total commitment to finding this girl’s killer. In return, his wife leaves him, taking his own children with him. But, the girl reaches out to him from beyond and with the help of the Spirit of Vengeance, Salk may bring justice and revenge to her killer.
As I said earlier, this story is an attention grabber and it certainly doesn’t hold back on the details, which makes it all the more interesting. It’s also a more modern tale than we’ve seen previously, which is a nice change to see. As with any comic, the art is just as important as the words and Antoine Dode certainly brings the goods. It’s dark, gritty and rough, fitting for a tale such as this. What never ceases to amaze me is how O’Barr can tell such a great story in such a short amount of time and not leave anything out; obviously, it’s not an easy thing to do.
This is the first in a run of three and I look forward t seeing how this one plays out. The somewhat modern setting does not hinder the darkness that fans know and love and it actually provides for the characters to delve even further into the void. The topic may be heavy, but don’t let that keep you from giving this one a try. Pull up a chair, put the Cure and Depeche Mode CD’s away and prepare to be engulfed in dark storytelling at it’s best. Bring me more!