James O’Barr’s The Crow is not only one of the best independent comics, but one of the best comics to ever exist in general.
If you really want to read The Crow, I strongly recommend the Special Edition from Gallery Books because it includes material that was never included in any other edition which helps make the story better.
The story of The Crow is that Eric Draven and his fiancee are killed by thugs. Eric has been brought back to life by a crow, and he now seeks revenge against the thugs to killed him and his fiancee. The reason why The Crow is an amazing comic is because it succeeds in being a good story about revenge, and has brilliant symbolism in it.
The black and white art by James O’Barr is really good, and perfectly fits the mood of the story.
The reason why James O’Barr made The Crow is because he wanted to deal with the tragedy of losing the woman he loved in a car crash caused by a drunk driver.
The Crow does a good job at representing James’s sadness as the main character Eric Draven (and him loosing the woman he loved) represents James O’Barr’s feelings towards the loss of his fiance, and how much anger and guilt he felt about it.
The Special Edition of The Crow is the version of the original Crow comic that I strongly recommend to anyone to who wants to read the original Crow comic because the Special Edition (as I’ve said earlier) includes material that was never in the previous editions such as pages that never got to be in the original editions.
The reason why the pages that I’m talking about are important is because they help add great symbolism to the story. An example of this is a part of the story where Eric is in a train and see a horse running in the grassfields. The horse ends up getting caught in barbed wire, and Eric feels guilty that he couldn’t do anything to save the horse.
The reason why this scene exists is because it’s symbolic to Eric’s guilt of not being able to save his fiancee from the thugs that took her life.
I really don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say though is that it’s very ambiguous.
James O’Barr’s The Crow is a true comic book masterpiece, and the Special Edition is the version that I highly recommend to readers who are new to The Crow.
I give The Crow: Special Edition 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.