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COMICBOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews The Crow: Skinning The Wolves Part One

December 11th, 2012 by Paddy Comments

The Crow: Skinning The Wolves Part One
Story by: James O’Barr
Art by: Jim Terry

THE Crow franchise isn’t exactly known for its sense of fun. When you set it against the backdrop of a World War II concentration camp you know proceedings are going to be as black as night.

It’s to series creator O’Barr’s credit then that he’s conjured up a gripping and haunting instalment in the saga.

In some ways the concentration camp setting is perfect, where better, after all, for an avenging spirit to dish out much needed justice?

The art by Jim Terry adds to the atmospheric mood as you can practically feel the cold from the snow on the page.

There’s more than a hint of 30 Days Of Night to proceedings, but that is never a bad development.

As is often the case with The Crow, you know the drill. Evil men commit atrocity after atrocity until one of their victims is resurrected with the opportunity to mete out long overdue justice.

There’s little here to suggest a change to the recipe, but that’s not an issue when the story is presented in such a taut and poignant fashion.

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...