Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Crow [Paperback]

J. O'Barr
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  
Paperback, 16 Sep 2002 --  

Book Description

16 Sep 2002
Murdered along with his fiancTe on Halloween eve by a vicious street gang, Eric Draven returns from the dead and led by a crow, seeks vengeance on the killers who wronged him, in a new edition of the classic graphic novel. Reprint.

Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Cmc Rep edition (16 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074344647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743446471
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 901,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
This is the hour when the mysteries emerge Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I bought this long before the film came out & at once recognised it as watershed point in my life (I was 15). Now older with a wife & kids it still brings the same sense of hope in a hopeless place, love amidst hate. James O'Barrs rage against the motor car & the driver is heavily symbolised, with the setting being Detroit & the murders occuring during a romatic drive, as well as other images. As mentioned in the header, the thrust of the story is about the revenge against the gang who murdered him & violated his fiancee. The revenge isn't as poetic as in the movie, but to me that is a bonus. The revenge is hard, brutal, yet rarely sadistic & in some ways it is sympathetic as if the penalty is death but once death is on it's way there is no need to agonize it. There is an intellectuallism in the book absent from the film too, "martydom is now the price of salvation" being one example. All in all a catharsis for the reader if not for the author
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars justice for victims 13 Oct 2003
This book is unique, I have never read anything which conveys emotions with such power. A beautiful story about love, vengence and the ultimate struggle between good and evil. This story makes me sad because what happens to Eric Draven and his fiance happens all the time to good people -their lives are destroyed by someone else. James O'Barr knows the pain of losing a loved one and he has drawn that pain onto every page of the book in the form of the Crow. Don't expect happy endings -there aren't any...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every comic fan should read this book! 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer
This book is James O'Barrs temple to sadness. I picked it up in a comic shop on the spur of the moment and have read it over and over and it still never fails to move me. It is superbly written with strong characterisation and an incredible violent yet romantic plot set in 1980's detroit. O'Barrs artwork is simply stunning, he embraces a number of distinctive, different art styles in the ultimate story of love and revenge.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you've always wanted to see Charles Bronson's violent revenge fantasy Death Wish recast with Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, with about 25% of the panels traced from 1980s women's magazines (especially Cosmo & Vogue), there is something raw, authentic and cathartic in James O'Barr's The Crow.

What fascinates me is James O'Barr's ever-changing personal mythology:

* At a comicbook convention in 1990 or so, O'Barr told a group of convention-goers that we should check out his book, which deals with his difficult emotions following his girlfriend Beverly being murdered by a street gang during a mugging. Following the book being made into a succesful film, O'Barr now says in interviews that Beverly was his fiancé (upgraded from girlfriend), she was killed by a drunk driver, and he got the idea of the murderous street gang from a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. Hmmm.

* In the introduction to the 1993 Crow trade paperback, John Bergin writes: "I have sat next to my friend James through many comic book conventions and I've listened to his half-truth answers to questions like 'Where did you get the idea for the crow?,' and 'Why did you do this story?'"

* O'Barr claims the new "lost sequences" artwork in 2011's The Crow: Special Edition were faithfully recreated from work he did in the 1980s, but the new work is clearly done at his modern skill level, not the mostly-tracing-magazines skill level from that time.

O'Barr says he grew up as an orphan in the unforgiving Detroit foster care system.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persistant tragedy 23 Sep 2009
By Katie
Highly emotive and leaves you with a sense of persistant tragedy. The crow is a metaphor for the sufferings of the author who expresses his torment with detailed and sorry; but it's just damn beautiful artwork. It is also sheer brilliance and James O'Barrs musical inspirations are perfect including; Joy Division and The Cure.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have Read In Ages! 13 July 2001
By A Customer
This book is an amazing story of revenge. i suppose i am being bias as i love the film also but it has so many feelings that come through the writing. You can feel the hurt and the pain that Eric Draven feels but you can also feel then anger and the revenge. This book is amazing and the writing of the book is magnificent!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 April 2001
By A Customer
the crow (the film) to me was something that affected me in a big way, it was and still is my favourite film, i saw this book and heard about it and decided to buy it. honestly i cannot believe the genius behind this book, the film is a mere snippet of the story. i cannot put this book into words, it is thought provoking, inspiring, admirable, and accesible. at the end of the day, you have to understand whats in those pages, the crow is not just a made up fantasy, it is a basis of someones release.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 11 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you liked the film you will NOT be disappointed. Also a good trip for all Joy Division Fans. A Very Violent and Very Beautiful story, and breath-taking art. Buy it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr James Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
big fan of the crow stories bought this to replace the one i bought years ago which has been read to death and finally fell apart.
Published 17 months ago by Hope
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustration, Slightly Confused Story
The Brandon Lee film of the same name is one of my favourites and this is the book it is based on and I was therefore very much looking forward to reading it. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2012 by Hagrid's Umbrella
5.0 out of 5 stars FOREVER
A dark, disturbiing tale of a lost soul who is guiided by a mystical crow to execute his murderer's one by one to be with his true love. LOVE IS FOREVER..........AND EVER!
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Leigh RybakRajewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My God!
Having been a fan of the film since i first saw it many years ago, I decide to invest in the graphic novel. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by SamWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Pivotal in my development as a human being
When I first saw the Crow (movie) it was a little before I was legally old enough to see it, but even then my father new that it was something I should see. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Mr. J. W. Symons
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classics among Graphic Novels.
Read the "James O'Barr" entry on the Wikipedia site as to how this graphic novel came to be created and watch the movie version of "The Crow" starring the late great Brandon... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Brizdaz
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
I ordered this book on the 12th feb 2010 and i thouroughly enjoyed it. this novel is very gritty, dark and extremely violent so be warned. Read more
Published on 8 April 2010 by David Becker
3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre work
I understand that given the tragedy that inspired him to write the book The Crow must have been cathartic for James O'Barr, but knowing this makes it no easier a read for any of... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2009 by Paul McNamee
5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful comic
I have to admit that I'm not really into comics, but The Crow is far beyond compare. Most beautiful and touching love story combined with wonderful illustrations and a great... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by MM
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category