Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Crow: Skinning the Wolves by James O'Barr - Book Review
From the description: James O'Barr returns to The Crow! In this three-part tale, O'Barr and artist Jim Terry craft a harrowing story set in a concentration camp in 1945 Europe. The night train is being unloaded. And one of the passengers is making a return visit...
The original Crow story, also by James O'Barr, was a deeply personal and heartfelt story. It sprang out of personal tragedy for O'Barr, and was a way of dealing with the incident, making sense of the incident, and hopefully moving past it. It had heart, emotion, deep sorrow, and righteous anger. It left the reader feeling worked over and spent and sad. It was way more than a simple revenge tale.
Unfortunately, Skinning the Wolves, the latest Crow story, offers none of those things. It is a revenge story set at a concentration camp. And while the main character has some righteous and justified anger, it takes way to long to get to the emotional center of the story. By the time the motivation is revealed, the story has simply become one long, gory revenge piece. It ultimately falls very flat, with very little character development, which lessens any emotional impact.
If you are a Crow fanatic, you should read this story. Otherwise, I wouldn't really recommend it. Track down a copy of the original. It is definitely more worthy of your time.
I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley and IDW Publishers in exchange for an honest review.