COMIC TITLE: The Crow #1 (1999)
Jon J. Muth- Writer
Jamie Tolagson– Artist
You will notice from time to time that I am one with celebrating certain themes that go along with what is happening in the world. I am not sure who in the world decides what each day is because sometimes there are days I have never heard of before like today’s World Goth Day that I saw on Twitter. Nonetheless, we are celebrating it here and I picked the perfect comic book for it. One of my favorite 90’s movies is The Crow that starred Brandon Lee and was based on the James O’Barr comic of the same name. In 1999, Image Comics did a re-imagining of sorts with the original story, but this time with Jon J. Muth (The Sandman: The Wake) writing and Jamie Tolagson (The Crow: Midnight Legends) doing the artwork while Todd McFarlane (Spawn) did the cover art. The story follows the tragic murder of Shelly Webster and Eric Draven by Top Dollar and his crew of misfits. It follows the resurrection of Eric Draven who was brought back by The Crow to extract revenge on those who wronged him and Gideon and Tin Tin are about to feel his wrath.
You know that I am going to be a huge fan of the story right off the bat because it was one of my favorite films. The one thing that they do that I liked is that the way certain events happen are not the same as the film. They alter some minor details, but in the end the results are always the same. Sarah starts out the story telling you how much she loved Shelly and Eric and she narrates (sorta) through their tragic ending. The rest is helped out by the police officer who is one of the first on the scene. I love that they kept the details of T-Bird, Skank, and Funboy intact because these are not good people by a long shot. The one thing that I will say about this comic is that the artwork is definitely better than what I thought about the Midnight Legends series. I was very harsh on that comic, but this one was enjoyable. I think this one kind of captures the Gothic allure of the series and that is why I chose this one for today. So, happy World Goth Day!!! Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+