Review: The Crow, Flesh and Blood Graphic Novel

Iris Shaw is a federal conservation officer who is murdered in a bombing by a ragged band of right wing terrorists.

Her tortured soul cannot rest, because not only was she unjustly murdered – at the time of her death she was an expectant mother.

Raised from her coffin by the crow, Iris hunts the terrorists down one by one.

I don’t know if I really have many positives to share about The Crow: Flesh and Blood, but I’ll see how I go.

Right from the start the story gets into the character’s transformation from once alive to vengeful undead. I found myself already nitpicking at it before I had reached 10 pages or there abouts. To me it read like a fan fiction, a disjointed fan fiction, because Iris goes from being buried in a white flowing dress to being dressed in a tightly clad black outfit and already to kick some arse.

I really can’t stand it in a graphic novel, comic, or film when the character goes from one situation to the next without an explanation of certain things like their abrupt change of clothes. Of course sometimes it can be obvious so therefore an extra panel or scene is unnecessary, but there are other times where you wonder where they got the clothes from in this case and usually that gives an impression of the creator trying too hard for something cool or living vicariously via their character and not caring about the lack of flow.

This was only once instance of a disjointed feel. There were quite a few times where the story didn’t feel it had enough cohesion. Yes the story gets across, but it felt like it was jumping in some cases and missing what may have been appropriate information or perhaps not communicated smoothly enough.

At first Iris gives the impression she is going to take some sort of high road because she says to the crow that anyone can shoot someone and call it revenge, but really all she does is draw the death out leaving this graphic novel to become yet another story of  a vengeful murder spree. I do not have a problem with vengeful murder sprees unless they lead you to believe that it will be something far more mental rather than point and shoot or lets just go kill people, but I do have a problem with being misled in such a way as Flesh and Blood did.

On some positive notes the art was pretty cool, in a black and white setting giving it a noir feel which I love. And yes I did like Iris’s get up even though it wasn’t creative or inventive, it was only tight black pants and a tight black top, but the kicker was her make up. This is also something that bothers me though. Both the images on the front and back cover are no where in the book and the closest the make up gets (or should I call it face paint?) is the front cover image, but even then she doesn’t have that make up till much later and you barely see it. What I enjoyed was that she painted a crow in black make up on her face so it covered around her eyes and on her nose. It was a like a crow mask. Why, oh why not have that image on the front cover? Why have a cover with a scene that doesn’t even exist in the graphic novel?

I’ll leave it there otherwise I’ll keep going on with nit picking and that’s something I’d like to avoid when I can. I do recommend it for Crow fans, but I also recommend seeing if you can borrow it first if possible.