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The Crow (The Crow (Kitchen Sink Press))

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  10,814 Ratings  ·  449 Reviews
When James O’Barr poured the pain and anguish of a personal tragedy into the drawings that comprise The Crow, his intensely cathartic story of Eric—who returns from the dead to avenge his and his fiancÉe’s murder at the hands of a street gang—resonated with readers around the world. Now, the illustrated tale that became the “thrilling” (Los Angeles Daily News) and “spectac ...more
Paperback, Special Edition, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published 1989)
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Shelly the begining of james obarrs stuff. its just 'the crow' volume one. google play has it all in one. for fairly cheep is thats an option for you.

the begining of james obarrs stuff. its just 'the crow' volume one. google play has it all in one. for fairly cheep is thats an option for you.

i havnt touched the other stuff yet but his is the original far as i can tell(less)

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Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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, greed, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption.

The world of James O'Barr is beautiful, despite its darkness.

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There's a very fine line between being a hero and a villian. That's the reason I love Eric Draven so much. Eric is the perfect example of an antihero. He is a good guy forced to do bad things in order to avenge his beloved fiancée. He is a complex character you can't help but
Troy David
Feb 25, 2009 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
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇

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
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been an interesting trip for me.

This book brings back some amazing memories for me - ironic really as its creation was part of the healing process of terribly painful memories for the author.

I will tell my story since James O'Barr's story is very much documented (and even expanded upon in the afterwards in this definitive version - yes me and my afterwards).

I was at uni and one of my best friends has a serious fixation on this book, ironically it was shortly before the film came out (a
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
ΤΟ ιδανικότερο ανάγνωσμα για το Halloween...

Ζευγάρι δολοφονείται άγρια τη βραδιά του Halloween. Ένα χρόνο μετά, ο Eric Draven (ο άντρας του ζευγαριού) επιστρέφει στη ζωή για να απονείμει δικαιοσύνη και να τιμωρήσει το θάνατο το δικό του και της αγαπημένης του. Σκοτεινό γοτθικό σκηνικό, με έναν τιμωρό του κακού που δεν διστάζει μπροστά σε τίποτα. Συντροφιά του - τοτέμ - είναι ένα κοράκι, μυστικιστικό σύμβολο μαγείας, πνευματικής καθοδήγησης και ενόρασης.

Το σκίτσο είναι ασπρόμαυρο και κάνει ακόμα
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
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
Marianna Neal
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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:

 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Loved it - hard for me to not see Brandon Lee while reading this - Great art, great love story!
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
Rory Wilding
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Asghar Abbas
Dec 19, 2014 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.
murder of crow indeed .
Ill D
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My feelings on The Crow are more mixed than a child's candy bag on Halloween.

There's good, not so good, and lots of stuff, that no matter how unique or evocative, doesn't necessarily hold up to snuff some thirty years later.

First of all, the influence of anime/manga (I remember when it was still colloquially referred to as "Japanamation" back in the day) is as egregious it is obvious. While this might be delightful to some, the sheer novelty of the influences might be off putting to others. It i
Well, I've been meaning to read this book for a long time now...I finally got around to doing it.

Yeah, the movie was something I grew up with and was very fond of, and I still am. I remember watching it over and over again, I even had a The Crow movie poster hanging on my bedroom wall. It was one of my favorite movies growing up and I still appreciate it.

I was happy to see that the first page was dedicated to the memory of Brandon Lee.

Little differences here and there between the movie and th
Mar 21, 2008 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.
Oct 29, 2009 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
Michael Benavidez
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Erin Cataldi
Apr 08, 2016 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
Where the hell disappeared my review? I could swear it wasn‘t accidentally deleted, uh, now I need to share the love for this work again. At least, the precious time won‘t be wasted on something else.

Talking about adaptations, there are two types of people and I belong to those who almost always watch the movies first, then read the books. If not the Nolan‘s "Batman" trilogy, "The Killing Joke" comics would still be unknown, if not the adaptation starring Brandon Lee, the brilliant O‘Barr "The C
Quentin Wallace
Sep 20, 2014 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
Efrain Martinez
Jan 05, 2013 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
Apr 10, 2013 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
Nov 22, 2009 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
so i just keep sitting here trying to write a review of the crow that will actually do it justice but i can't. it is just one of the most haunting, atmospheric graphic novels i've read and i definitely recommend it. and if you're like me and automatically give most things a hard pass if they feature 'dead wife as plot device', maybe give this one a try because it's really not like all the other ones. you can tell that o'barr's writing comes from a place of genuine pain and not just 'well i don't ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, graphic-novel
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.
Nov 14, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy in the mail today. Won a contest I guess. Awesome. Can't wait to read this - soon.
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
Angela Auten
The Crow Review

Comic Book Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

Story Line: 2 stars out of 5. I want to start off by saying that I really wanted to read the original version of the Crow comic. With that being said I am a little biased when it comes to this comic because I watched the movie first. This is one of the first times that I loved the movie more than book/comic version.

This comic is pretty dark. I like that it's dark, but some of the scenes didn't mesh up to the movie...I was really disappointed.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
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
Matt Graupman
Sep 29, 2015 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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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.” 84 likes
“It can't rain all the time.” 66 likes
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