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The Crow: Original Graphic Novel: Novelisation [Paperback]

James O'Barr
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3 Jan 1998
A tale about the nature of evil and the power of love. It centres on a dark angel who literally rises from the dead to avenge a gang of thugs who brutally killed him and his fiancee on the eve of their wedding. This is the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie "The Crow".

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (3 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852866535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852866532
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars justice for victims 13 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
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...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Persistant tragedy 23 Sep 2009
By Katie
Format:Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every comic fan should read this book! 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
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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
Format:Paperback
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!
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 12 April 2013
By Hope
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Mr James Burns
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 22 months ago 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
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