'" If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever."
This is a review of the special edition of The Crow. For those who have seen the film and not read the book, the book does for the 80’s what the film did in the 90’s. Its a symbol of alternative culture set in the seedy city of Detroit. It almost feels like a different story entirely from the film. The art is some of the most hauntingly serene one could hope for. The story itself is probably one of the greatest tragedies of all time.
With that being said lets cover the design of the overall book. The special addition comes with a new introduction which is actually interesting regarding the story. Also there are new segments added and never before seen artwork. The book is in black and white in most sections and monochrome grey with pencil in a few sections.
The story is a melancholy ballad of love and revenge. A short synopsis; two lovers are brutally murdered with one returning with the spirit of the crow to exact revenge on their killers before returning to the land of the dead. The story is relatively violent and elegantly so, perfect for enthuisists of goth culture and of graphic novels that break away from what comics and such are known for, which is superheroes and anime. With that being said if you dont like to read and have trouble finding books to your liking amongst all the commercial garbage or maybe simply dont like graphic novels, this is a perfect book.
The way the story is written out is very poetic. Whether the language is crude or technically composed it remains exquisite with everything perfectly worded. Still, knowing that it is still a graphic novel, it’s a short read. It took me two days to complete the book and i wanted so much more, not because the ending wasn’t satisfying, in fact it was perfect, it was just so goddamned good.
It’s worth noting on the back cover of the book there is a quote from clive barker (Candyman, Hellraiser,Books of Blood) which says, ” O’Barrs intensity frightens me.” The fact that this is coming from what I consider to be the true master of horror ( Stephen King? A Tad Overrated.) and a wizard at crafting dark landscapes of the imagination should be enough to convince just about anyone to give the book a try. And if that’s not enough I’ll leave some crow art for you to ponder.