The Crow: Death and Rebirth #1

The Crow: Death and Rebirth #1

Writer: John Shirley Artist: Kevin Colden Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 11, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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  • 8.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Jun 24, 2012

    And in making that connection, John Shirley makes available the lasting idea of grunge. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Jul 11, 2012

    The new Crowseries is completely accessible to new readers, who have no prior knowledge going in. If you've previously heard of the series, or the films, you should check it out. The same goes if you a fan of moody, evocative artwork. Whatever your reason, I'm confident you'll be pleased. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Garry Robertson Jul 29, 2012

    The really atmospheric artwork suits the character and storyline really well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 11, 2012

    It wasn't great and I don't think it was from over hype. Like I said this was my first Crow comic, so I went in with fresh eyes and not knowing what to expect. What was delivered was an issue that attempts to set the stage for title character to show up, but didn't have the pacing or execution to do so. This first issue feels very rushed and because of that its average at best. It would have benefitted to a much slower build up like several of their other titles did. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Julius Freeman Jul 10, 2012

    This franchise has so much potential. It really does even though the premiseis as simple as the alphabet, but I will have to wait until someone else comes along and does the seriesjustice. Don't get me wrong, they have all the elements there, but those elements weren't properlyexecuted. The rushed story simply killed the momentum the series could've had for all those hardcoreCrow fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 22, 2012

    All in all, this issue looks good, although there are occasional issues involving scratchy art obscuring facial expressions, and it gets the job done in terms of telling you what you need to know. The pacing is a problem, though, and there are some stereotypical/wish-fulfillment issues with the plot as regards the kid in Tokyo with the super-hot girlfriend, the samurai training master and an idyllic life in another culture. The Crow #1 isn't a bad issue, just one with some flaws, and I'm at least interested enough to come back next time, leaving the book with a promising 2.5 out of 5 stars overall. It's a promising start, even if it doesn't quite match the lyricism and romantic imagery of O'Barr's original story... Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jul 16, 2012

    The re-setting "The Crow" in Japan is a good twist, but must every story set in Japan feature traditional martial arts? Sure, The Crow using katanas will be awesome, but it's also fan service. Shirley's weaving of Shinto motifs with O'Barr's established iconography is more subtle use of his setting. In Japanese mythology, the Yatagarusu, or eight-span Jungle crow, is a sign of the will of Heaven in human affairs. In Shirley's story, the crow is a watchdog and witness as well as a catalyst of resurrection and vengeance. Themes of death and rebirth are also less clear-cut in Shirley's story than in O'Barr's "The Crow." Further issues may show if Shirley will add more substance to this incarnation of the titular anti-hero, but this first issue doesn't deliver much more than homage mixed with existing tropes. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 3, 2012

    The art is abysmal. It looks like bad watercolors done by a first year art student. Another part of what made The Crow so good was the simple romantic beauty in the art. This Crow is trying so hard to be technological and futuristic that, again, the humanity is lost. All the characters tend to run the same facially and by the end of the story my head hurt with all the washed colors. The original Crow is a true artistic statement, one that has stood the test of time and will remain iconic even against garbage like this. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonmonster Jul 11, 2012

    IDW needs to go back to the drawing board for this book. It has the potential to be something huge, but with its erratic layout, and lack of quality art, it is definitely not a book I can recommend, which is disappointing because Im a big fan of the original story. Read Full Review

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