Friday, May 06, 2005

vance's the crow: flesh & blood

Federal conservation officer Iris Shaw is murdered in a bombing by a bunch of right-wing extremists in the midst of a rural land-rights struggle. At the time of her death, Iris was pregnant and her killers have no idea that, when they killed Iris, they also killed her unborn child. Although Iris wasn’t sure if she was going to keep the child, she still mourns the fact that she never got to make that decision before she died. With the help of the Crow, Iris returns from the dead in order to avenge not only her own death, but that of her unborn child. Armed with nothing but her anger and a few weapons, Iris hunts down her killers one by one and teaches them what it’s like to suffer and lose your family. Iris also begins to wonder: If exacting ultimate pain is the goal, when does vengeance cross the line to brutality? Once she has killed her killers, what happens next? What is the price to the soul? The graphic novel lacks the original bizarre and captivating artwork of James O'Barr, but Alex Maleev manages to capture the horror and brutality of the original Crow with minimal effort. The story is a trifle predictable, but if you’re a Crow fan, you’ll not want to miss this version.


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