Review: The Crow: Skinning the Wolves (TPB)

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Review of: The Crow: Skinning The Wolves
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James O’Barr

The Crow: Skinning The Wolves


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4.5
On June 4, 2013
Last modified:June 3, 2013

Summary:

A fantastic tribute to the original, while taking the concept in its own, unique direction.

The Crow is a franchise that is near and dear to the hearts of many a fan boy, regardless of whether you are talking about the original comics or the movie that introduced the character and concept to a whole new group. It’s dark and gritty, but the emotion and that comes along with it runs deep. O’Barr has had this little gem in the back of his mind for some time, close to 20 years according to the writer. However, because of the popularity of the original story and film, he was forced to put it concept on hold until recently, when he teamed up with Jim Terry, who O’Barr compared to Will Eisner. Together, O’Barr and Terry have given us a new and intriguing comic centered on the Crow.

Set in a European concentration camp in 1945, Skinning the Wolves investigates a world where the dark harbinger of vengeance is dispatched in response to one of history’s greatest atrocities and the ultimate evil that perpetrated it.

This harrowing tale is set in a 1940′s concentration camp, where a simple game of chess turns into the birth of the newest version of the iconic character. This three-part series begins with a bang and is unrelenting. The bloodshed begins when The Crow begins to put into motion his final moves in his deadly game of chess against the Commandant that changed his life forever. Slowly but surely, his origin is revealed and his endgame comes to fruition. As with every iteration of The Crow, the name of the game is revenge and it is certainly a dish served warm, to use a common phrase. Once set into motion, the Crow is unrelenting in his path of destruction and nothing will stand in his way of retribution.

This tale is fast-paced and goes non-stop from the very first page. O’Barr’s story, combined with the art of Terry, is a powerful combination that pulls you into the pages and into the mind of our lead character. A story like this must be driven by emotion and this one is filled to the brim with it. A tale that is truly in the vein of the original and fans will love this new take on a classic character.

While this setting is nothing overly new and his been touched on previously, the Nazi death camp that serves as a back drop for the story is just as rough and tough as the words  and actions on the pages. The story itself is quite familiar at its core, especially to fans of the Crow, but don’t let that scare you away from reading this one

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