The Crow: Flesh & Blood

October 4, 2004 | Trades


The Crow: Flesh & Blood
James Vance, Alex Maleev
Dark Horse Books
$9.95 US (Paperback)
** 1/2 (out of five)
James O’Barr’s original story of The Crow was poignant and heartbreaking.
A man is murdered, his girlfriend raped and killed and like in an ancient legend, a crow brings the man’s soul back to his body to exact vengeance on those responsible.
Part brutal crime-noir, part touching love story, The Crow evoked a wide range of emotions and struck such a chord that it became a cult hit, and — thanks to Hollywood — a household name.
Flesh & Blood takes the familiar concept — a brutal murder followed by a resurrection — and makes Iris Shaw into The Crow. But Iris hasn’t just come back to make the men who killed her pay for her death — she’ll make them pay for the life of her unborn child, too.
While a female Crow is interesting, this tale follows the formula a little too closely and becomes predictable. Only the beautiful black-and-white art by Alex Maleev (Daredevil) makes it stand out, and in such a slim collection, that may not be enough.

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