It’s been awhile since comic creator James O’Barr’s iconic character The Crow has seen the light of day much less been a comic book in which he took part in but with this latest series The Crow: Skinning the Wolves O’Barr returns to bring an all new and different character that readers have never seen before. In this new story O’Barr shares story create with Jim Terry (who also contributes the art) and O’Barr himself contributes the breakdowns for the script.
This new story takes place in 1945 inside a Nazi concentration camp where the prisoners are lucky to see the morning of another day but salvation comes in the form of a resurrected man, a new Crow, bent on righting the wrongs done to him and his family. O’Barr and Terry have crafted a different type of Crow tale as this story starts off with a bang as our no-named Crow quickly dispatches several Nazis as soon as his train arrives at a European concentration camp. He is making a point to the Commandant of this concentration camp with his bloody arrival that sets the mystery in motion of who this new Crow is. This new Crow and the Commandant have a deep rooted history that lies at the heart of this Crow’s vengeance and this is revealed slowly throughout the story like a typical mystery thriller.
This story does not skimp on the blood and gore either as Nazis are literally torn apart and even the horror of a Nazi concentration camp are revealed. At only 3 issues (as originally published) this is a fast and brisk story yet it hits upon the real life horrors of WWII while telling the ultimate revenge tale of an unlikely hero to the Jewish people. This is a great start to what I hope is a continuing mandate to bring to light more Crow stories.