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Vrána: Rozšířené vydání (The Crow (Kitchen Sink Press))

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James O‘Barr vytvořil přetavením utrpení a bolesti osobní tragédie do kreseb Vránu. Silně očistný příběh Erika – který se navrátil ze záhrobí, aby se pomstil pouličnímu gangu za svoji smrt a smrt své snoubenky – zaujal čtenáře po celém světě. Věhlas získal díky filmové adaptaci, při jejímž natáčení nešťastnou náhodou zemřel herec Brandon Lee. Nyní tento román v obrazech vy ...more
Hardcover, 4., rozšířené vydání, 272 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Comics Centrum (first published 1989)
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
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"Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever..."


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The Crow is a story of love, hate, violence, honor, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption.

It sucks you into this strange and dangerous world that is nevertheless beautiful despite all its darkness.
As I continued to read the book, I kept thinking that it reminded me of how much I loved the movie when I first watched it and how the story delves much deeper than a simple fantasy action.

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To everyone who hasn't yet seen this movie - rent
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Troy David
Feb 25, 2009 Troy David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-another
I read a review within the very walls of this site that stated that this novel deserved no more that 2 stars. The reasoning, it seems, is that all of the characters, other than "the crow", are card board and underdeveloped.

I respect people's opinion. And, if I were to judge this book against the greats of literature, or even the greats of Graphic novels, I might have to agree. The story is violently stupid, and stupidly violent. The characters for the most part are underdeveloped stereotypes. Th
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Hannah *BeneaththeInk*


This is a gruesome dichotomy of letters and images painting one hell of a warpath. I want all graphic novels to carry such poignancy.

"In the doorway of glory he finds Death who puts his hands in hers and whispers to him, "Now... Come home, now."

"Soon," he says."


Mind you, reader, this is my first graphic novel that I have read to completion outside of superheroes... what a first it was!

The images have imprinted themselves onto my brain. Tiny pieces of words pricked like shards of glass. I am a
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 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Loved it - hard for me to not see Brandon Lee while reading this - Great art, great love story!
Hannah *BeneaththeInk*
This is a gruesome dichotomy of letters and images painting one hell of a warpath. I want all graphic novels to carry such poignancy.

"In the doorway of glory he finds Death who puts his hands in hers and whispers to him, "Now... Come home, now."

"Soon," he says."

Mind you, reader, this is my first graphic novel that I have read to completion outside of superheroes... what a first it was!

The images have imprinted themselves onto my brain. Tiny pieces of words pricked like shards of glass. I am a l
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Randy
Though I saw (and loved) the film the year it came out, I had never read the original graphic novel until a few days ago, after buying it at the Borders closeout sale.

I'm glad I did.

The book is a different experience than the movie. While both are dark and violent, the book is more passionate. It's a love letter of sorts, but filled with pain and loss. The author spends as much time coming to terms with the fact of having a loved one ripped from his life as he does imagining bloody revenge on th
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Robert Beveridge
James O'Barr, The Crow (Pocket, 1995)

I always seem to be trying to turn sacred cows into shish kabob, and my latest target is The Crow, the James O'Barr graphic novel that, in 1994, became Alex Proyas' amazing debut feature film. I spent a few moments, after I finished this book, reflecting on the art of film adaptation. Sometimes you start with a brilliant book and end up with a mediocre (or outright horrible) movie. Sometimes you start with a mediocre (or outright horrible) book and end up wit
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Rory Wilding
Sep 22, 2016 Rory Wilding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having seen the 1994 cult classic starring the late Brandon Lee in his last role, I wanted to check out the source material of The Crow, written and drawn by James O'Barr who has stated the origins of what is his very first book is based on a tragedy from his life.

With its hard boiled revenge story and black-and-white illustrations of bloody violence, at its hear the book is really a tragic love story of Eric longing to be reunited with the love of his life, whilst hunting down their killers wit
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Asghar Abbas
May 16, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This graphic novel is like a song.
A sad song.
dies irae of love
dies irae for love.
Breathtaking
murder of crow indeed .
Terri
Jun 29, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The legend of the Crow in this miniseries says that if a great injustice is done (The brutal murder of his girlfriend) sometimes someone comes back to right the wrong. Universal law/justice/balance. So Eric comes back and takes his revenge and the guilty are punished. It is a very brutal story, but redeeming as well.
Marianna Neal
Let's be real, there was no way I was going to NOT love this. However, I have to say that this was WAY darker than I had anticipated. Every page is filled with pain and anger, and overall the comic needs to come with a list of trigger warnings, so keep that in mind. Still, it is one of the most amazing and powerful things I have ever read. If you've seen the movie, let me explain in gif form...

Eric Draven in the film:





Eric Draven in the comic:



Quentin Wallace
Oct 13, 2014 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first and probably the best of the Crow comics. The art is great, very moody and gritty in black and white. The storyline is good as well, but sometimes tends to meander and get a little existential. The movie did a good job of bringing the story to its core, which is a revenge story where The Crow comes back from the dead and avenges the death of his fiancee and himself. I love the mythology of the Crow bringing the spirit back from the dead to take care of unfinished business as well. The ...more
Bill
Oct 29, 2009 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
My rating on this is more based on how it affected me when I first read it than how I'd necessarily react to it now. At 14, it was an absolute revelation - beyond all the dark, gloomy gothy trappings that aesthetically attracted me at that age, the emotion behind the creation of this is so raw and visceral as to be squirm inducing, which I'm sure also lined up with me at that age.

To be sure, there are some extremely problematic elements to the book, reading it with the benefit of age and experi
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Lee
Apr 10, 2013 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Two graphic novels in one night. Both about someone returning from the dead to take revenge on a rape and murder. wtf?! I pick up three books randomly and i seem to have stumbled across the dark side of this graphic world.
This was just plan grim. Dark, dirty and just pure violence and tortured souls. THe author has a very very dark place he can call on to write this story, because there was nothing here at all to enjoy.
I could imagine wallowing in the depths of dispair and becoming depressed re
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Efrain Martinez
May 01, 2013 Efrain Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Recommended Pandora station for this book: Wu-Tang Clan) If you're interested in reading this book don't pay attention to any review that compares it to the movie. The book should stand alone as a separate piece of work. Due to major plot changes and the creative motivation behind "The Crow". I read this when it first came out in 93'. I remember it blew my teenaged mind. My buddy and I couldn't wait for the next issue to come out! We were pulled in by the intensity of the story and the characte ...more
Absinthe
May 26, 2016 Absinthe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I absolutely loved this book and many thanks to the wonderful individual without whom I never would have touched this book (she knows who she is). The reader definitely experiences the rawness of The Crow's pain portrayed not just through the dialogue and actions but also through the artwork. The subject matter is dark and the book physically reflects this as well. It is a true gem and I encourage all to read it, even if it's not your typical read.
Erin Cataldi
Apr 30, 2016 Erin Cataldi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I haven't read this since middle school, but damn if it doesn't hold up. It's dark and gritty, and you can't stop reading it. It's a painful look at the life of a man whose one true love, is violently raped and murdered right in front of him (granted he's virtually dead so he can't exactly stop them). A year later he is somehow back, having rejected death, he goes out to seek revenge on the gang of thugs and addicts that ruined his life and exact his justice. Filled with lots of flashbacks, poem ...more
Michael Benavidez
This intro, is probably the most heart wrenching intro I think I've ever. It talks about what the Crow really was about, and the story behind it, and you can just feel the emotional weight within the words. It's so heavy, and it adds a full perspective to the graphic novel that follows.
The graphic novel itself is far darker than the movie, though the legacy of the movie is a dark one, and they both tap into something different. The graphic novel goes for creating the main character as someone w
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Matt Graupman
Sep 29, 2015 Matt Graupman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The readers who consider "The Crow" to be a simple comic revenge story are totally missing the point: James O'Barr's breakout graphic novel is a work of art, a profound examination of pain and guilt and loneliness. Channeling his own personal loss into the tale of a man who returns from the dead to avenge his fiancée and himself, O'Barr shaped his own raw emotions into a brutal and cathartic masterpiece. It's dark, poetic, and truly one-of-a-kind.

I first read "The Crow" when I was a sullen teena
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Stefan
Jan 11, 2014 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2014
I received The Crow as a Christmas gift in 1994 after falling in love with the movie earlier that year. This is only the second time that I have read it and it has stood the test of time for it remains my favorite graphic novel.

The Crow is a powerful story, of love, loss, and revenge. It is dark, very dark, and almost painful to read at times because of the raw emotions that proliferate the pages.

One of the most powerful sections of this book is the introduction by John Bergin and it describes
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Christopher Ortiz
I stumbled onto this graphic novel because my roommate has a thing for the Crow as a movie, character, and since we found it at a Barnes and Noble, he bought it. He finished it and I liked the movie so I wanted to read the origin. I pushed away most thoughts of the movie away from my mind as I began to read. "The Crow" is a special kind of novel. It is different. It is not a normal superhero book. "The Crow" delves into the personality and angst of Eric. While not many other characters are too f ...more
Ivy
Nov 26, 2009 Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic Book fans but most Crow Fans
Words can not do this graphic novel justice, but true to its genre it is a GRAPHIC novel. The sense of pure anger and vengence is so really you feel the weight of it as you turn each of the glossy pages that are soaked in James O'Barrs lose and pain. The images are stickingly vivid but the words cut your from mind to soul and you begin to see what the lose of true love can drive man to do. My words feel empty and bland as i try to tell you how deeply this work has effected me. To be sure it is l ...more
RedL.
Aug 01, 2016 RedL. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Viscous blood in my black heart stars

After so many years, after the movies that made it even too pretty, after letting it go, I didn't expect The Crow to hit me this way. I brought this gift, the author's definitive version, with me to the beach, thinking it would be an easy read...I should have known better when I realised my face was cramping trying not to cry.

It is all so much more violent, dark and desperate than I remembered, or I just am able to appreciate its bloody, furious intensity
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Holly
Nov 26, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
bloody, disturbing, graphic, and immensely sad. beautiful in its darkness and wonderful in its anger and sadness. this graphic novel does not let the reader escape - you are forced to feel, and the feelings it forces are so raw and naked that they leave you feeling drained. catharsis, yes. but getting there is a rough and beautiful ride.
Elizabeth Wolf girl Delioncourt daughter of Lestat and Louis daughter  in law of Lord and Lady Odinson wife and mate to Thor god of  Thunder Queen of
As alot of you know The Crow was made into a movie in the mid to early 90's and when I was younger I ended up watching it and fell in love with it, the dark disturbingness of it, it was up my alley. Well when I found out that it was a Graphic novel I knew thatI must have it, well I ended up buying and reading it and I noticed that the movie was semi close to the GN but not close enough. if you want my opinion read the GN then watch the movie. To the noobs of The Crow read the GN then watch the m ...more
Kristopher
Aug 13, 2010 Kristopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fiction, re-read
I read this a long time ago, after watching the movie several times, and was pretty disappointed. The book doesn't have the fleshed-out characters or fully-developed plot of the movie. It's a much simpler, much more brutal revenge story. At the time, I didn't really appreciate that.

I decided to give The Crow another read while thinking about Lovecraft and re-reading his stories. Like Lovecraft, O'Barr isn't a great writer in the conventional sense, but he captures one particular raw emotion inc
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Paul Nelson
The movie, The Crow came out in 1994 and I remember being blown away by the performance of Brandon Lee who tragically died during filming and its a movie I will never tire of, watching it again and again every few years when the mood takes me.

A grief stricken tale of revenge this is as dark and brutal as it gets. Eric and the love of his life Shelley are murdered on a rural highway next to their broken down car. A year to the day, Eric is bought back, fuelled by rage and guided by the Crow he se
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Cristy
It's not often a film adaption of a book surpasses the original material, but this is an exception.

On its surface, this is a tale of simple revenge; a bunch of crackheads happen upon a nice young couple, raping the woman and killing the both. Unfortunately for the demented, two-dimensional burnouts, the male half of this massacre returns and wreaks some major havoc.

The reason for the tragedy is senseless, and the perpetrators shallow and without identity. Even Shelly, the true love of our prot
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Melanie Michel
May 18, 2013 Melanie Michel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
A NOTE ON THE MAKING OF THIS BOOK

On the inner sleeve credits of the first four or five Queen albums, the band proudly proclaimed: 'No synthesizers were used in the recording of this LP.'

I'd like to borrow that statement: No computers were used in the making of this book. Everything in here is ink on paper. Even the lettering is hand done on the original art. The grey tones are the now obsolete techniques of duo-shade board and zip-a-tone. The new pages were completed in the same manner, using tw
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Jenn(ifer)
I have no real point of reference on which to rate this book. It's the first graphic novel I've ever read (except for the Complete Persepolis, which really doesn't count). I thought it was a work of art. A tribute to love and loss and revenge. "In the city where angels fear to hover and devils come to croon, the sex of the night lets down her black narcotic hair under a yellow opium moon. Here a shadow of a shadow, an earth bound ghost shivers, not from october chill, but in erotic pain..." And ...more
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James O'Barr is an accomplished artist and writer, best known for creating The Crow.

In 1978, O'Barr's fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O'Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy.
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“People once believed that when someone 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 put the wrong things right.” 63 likes
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