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The Crow: Flesh & Blood Paperback – August 24, 2004
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Grade 10 Up–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. Her killers have no idea that they also destroyed her unborn child. Although Iris wasn't sure that she was going to keep the baby, she still mourns the fact that she never got to make that decision before she died. With the help of the Crow, she returns from the dead in order to avenge not only her own death, but also that of the fetus. 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. She 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? This graphic novel lacks the original bizarre and captivating artwork of J. O'Barr, but Maleev's black-and-white illustrations manage to capture the horror and brutality of the original Crow with minimal effort. The story is a trifle predictable, but fans will not want to miss this version.–Erin Dennington, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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"People once believed that when a person dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to make the wrong things right."
In all the movies, and the original comic by James O'Barr, the Crow has been a man. This is what makes the Crow Flesh and Blood unique; Iris Shaw is the first female Crow. Its a subtle but welcome change to the familiar formula.
The Crow Flesh and Blood has a decent storyline that I feel most people would enjoy. Iris Shaw is an officer killed in a bombing but is brought back to seek vengeance for herself... and someone else; her unborn baby! The only issue I have with it is the pacing. To me, it felt like certain parts should've been expanded, like during her revival scene. In it, the crow says "Iris-- wake up..." which Iris responds to with "You're telling me I'm a zombie...?" Some additional dialogue here would've been beneficial so its not such an awkward exchange. It doesn't help that the book is just 96 pages long so there's only so much room for exposition.
The art in Flesh and Blood above average to pretty great. Just keep in mind the book is in black and white. I personally have no problem with B&W if thats the original format, but I know some people dislike it. The book itself is a little different than expected. It is about an inch shorter and half-an-inch narrower than a standard comic. (the dimensions are correctly listed, I just didn't pay attention) It looks like another version of this book is available on Amazon that is full size, but only used copies are available and the cheapest copy is currently over twice as much as what I paid for my copy.
All in all, it may not have the emotional resonance of the original, but it is a quick, decent read with some good artwork. The Crow Flesh and Blood is a fine addition to your comic or Crow collection.
It was also panned back then and never given the proper respect for being different
I'm sure at the time this series was looked down on mostly for how out of control the Bad Girl sub genres had gotten
and this series was thrown into that category
In terms of story it's different but, also the same...(But, the Crow is a one trick pony) i never understood why Flesh and Blood was never adapted into the 3rd Film
It would've been something different and unique instead we got rehashes in The Crow: Salvation and The Crow: Wicked Prayer (Both films are garbage pure and simple)
Flesh and Blood was a twist on the Crow having the first female Crow who is out for justice for herself and her unborn baby (She is also Native American) so the Crow lore is greatly enhanced
Looking back this story was a head of it's time and had many deep social commentary issues
This character was adapted (somewhat) for The Crow: Stairway to Heaven tv series
This wasn't the last Limited Crow series after this was my personal let down The Crow/Razor crossover
and it didn't end there there's been various limited runs and re-releases of the now famous original Crow series
If you enjoyed this story check out (Early) Razor
Razor was the female version of the crow but, it was much more adult and dark (early) after 10 years that book along with London Nights Studios changed and all it's property became just shock and awe adult oriented books
The Crow: Flesh and Blood is a dark enjoyable complex ride of lose and redemption 9.5/10