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The Crow: Special Edition [Paperback]

J. O'Barr
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July 26 2011
When James O’Barr poured the pain and anguish of a personal tragedy into the drawings that comprise The Crow, his intensely cathartic story of Eric—who returns from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée’s murder at the hands of a street gang—resonated with readers around the world. Now, the illustrated tale that became the “thrilling” (Los Angeles Daily News) and “spectacular” (Chicago Tribune) screen triumph is re-released in an expanded version the author originally intended, complete at last with:

Thirty pages of never-before-seen artwork, including a new closing segment, “Sparklehorse,” and the touching new scene, “An August Noel”

A new Introduction by James O’Barr

Lost sequences restored using the artist’s original technique

This is The Crow like you’ve never seen it before—the powerful journey of an avenging angel and a celebration of true love . . . as fierce, intelligent, and unforgettable as when it was first conceived.

Suggested for mature readers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service Feb. 4 2014
By Sarah
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Great condition, Brand new without any creases or marks. This product was delivered fast in a protective packaging.
I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys the story of The Crow, with this layout of the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed-bag July 26 2011
By GuruAskew - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm rarely motivated to write these things but I kinda feel like a jerk writing an average review for this thing as its first release but I have to be honest.

"The Crow" is one of the best selling comic trade paperbacks ever and this particular edition has been rumored for literally half my life. I'm 29 now and talk of the "Author's Edition" has been circulating since I was in junior high school. I still have my original copy but its in tatters from being carried around in my backpack constantly through high school. It no longer has the front cover.

I almost broke down and replaced it a few times over the years but I always held off in hopes that this edition would materialize. If I would have known how long it would take I probably would have repurchased it long ago. Now I have this Special Edition and its flaws aren't worth buying the original version again but I feel anyone who has a perfectly good copy of the TPB may want to make an informed decision re: the "upgrade".

For starters, one of the selling points on the jacket is "LOST SEQUENCES RESTORED USING THE ARTIST'S ORIGINAL TECHNIQUE". Per his introduction James O'Barr claims that the original art for these deleted scenes was lost and/or given away over the years and has been faithfully recreated using low-quality photocopies as a guide. I guess we'll have to take his word for it because these poor-quality versions are presented nowhere in the book. I hate to sound paranoid but the reason I'm not quite convinced is because they show an advanced technique not present in the surrounding material. I say kudos to James O'Barr for improving as an artist over 30 years but I don't know how I feel about the dishonesty in regards to the historical nature of the art.

Secondly, the two major sequences are good but not great. The "An August Noel" scene is like most deleted scenes in movies where you can see why it didn't make the cut in the first place and the case could definitely be made that the second one "Sparklehorse" is redundant in regards to the first dream sequence with the horse. At least O'Barr had the decency to be honest in his introduction about the fact that this is a new sequence as opposed to something that has supposedly been sitting on a shelf for 30 years. Neither one is actually detrimental to the story but again, they're hardly essential either.

My third objection is my biggest one: there are at least two instances where O'Barr's charmingly-amateurish art in the early issues is replaced by the aforementioned modern art. Going back to that blurb about "THE ARTIST'S ORIGINAL TECHNIQUE" this revisionism really rubbed me the wrong way. I may upload two examples into the Amazon.com customer images here tonight. I've always felt that O'Barr's poorer art in the early issues had an endearing quality and I also enjoyed seeing him improve over the relatively-short period of time it took for "The Crow" to see completion but the two examples I saw are incredibly incongruous. To see the modern art between panels of vintage/period art is very distracting. The first example (the Crow with Gabriel on his shoulder carrying a wine bottle and flowers) was always admittedly been one of the more-memorable examples of being less-than-great but I'm at a loss as to why O'Barr singled the second instance (a scene with Albrecht in Gideon's Pawn) out. The original art is no worse than the other panels left as-is on the very same page and some dialogue is even dropped as a result of the new composition which actually creates a small continuity error on the next page as Albrecht refers to a now-deleted line while recapping his encounter over the phone to Hook.

My final objection comes right down to cheapness. If you liked some of the lyrics and poetry included in previous editions you're going to be sorely disappointed. Basically anything that would have involved royalties being paid to bands like The Cure and Joy Division has been axed. Its hard to even give the publishers the benefit of the doubt in regards to this being an artistic decision when its so blatant. "The Hanging Garden" by The Cure has been replaced, for example, by an original piece of poetry written by O'Barr. Its the literary equivalent of when you watch a TV show on DVD and the pop music used in the broadcast has been replaced by cheesy soundalike music for the home video release.

Ultimately having this edition of "The Crow" is kinda like when a movie you enjoy is only available in its directors cut or unrated cut on DVD. When you're done you can't really say that it didn't satisfy your interest in watching/reading/listening etc. but for every little change that you enjoy there's probably something in there you wish they wouldn't have messed with in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Edition Well Worth Obtaining........... July 27 2011
By Bob James - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great update on James O'Barr's classic "The Crow". It's not just the addition of never before seen panels of art (The additional panels featuring Eric's exchange with Albrecht in Gideon's Pawnshop are wonderful; we see what may have inspired their conversation in Albrecht's apartment in the film). Or a whole never before seen concluding chapter ("Sparklehorse"), which is also quite nice, but O'Barr's own new forward to the edition is quite compelling in itself. We learn more about his inspiration for the book, in a much more open and telling fashion here; how he came to grips over time with the emotional fallout of the tragedy that drove him to write and draw it; as well as his struggle with guilt over the death of actor Brandon Lee. There's a poignant parallel between the character of Eric's struggle to come to terms with the guilt he felt, and James own struggle to come to terms and begin to resolve his own struggle with feelings of guilt in the wake of his own tragedy. This revelatory insight doesn't make the book any less personal for the reader, but provides some compelling insight into the artist who created it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crow's Feet Sept. 6 2011
By Regent T. St Claire - Published on Amazon.com
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Look, by now all us Crow fans have pretty much seen (and bought) it all. That said, this is a very pretty edition, and its "additional" material is pretty cool too. Not amazing, but still quite cool. "New" Crow stuff is pretty rare these days, so many years after the original books rocked our collective world, hence I'd say go ahead and buy this if you can find it for a great price.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crow: Special Edition graphic novel Jan. 22 2012
By Joan Cootes - Published on Amazon.com
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To me, this is a very valuable book and one that I will treasure. To quote James O'Barr:


On the inner sleeve credits of the first four or five Queen albums, the band proudly proclaimed: 'No synthesizers were used in the recording of this LP.'

I'd like to borrow that statement: No computers were used in the making of this book. Everything in here is ink on paper. Even the lettering is hand done on the original art. The grey tones are the now obsolete techniques of duo-shade board and zip-a-tone. The new pages were completed in the same manner, using twenty-year-old leftover supplies from the original book. Jack White once said, 'Technology destroys art,' and I agree; you're not learning your craft when a computer does it for you.

I do have a computer, by the way - it's over there in the corner under those stacks of books and artwork, with Post-It notes stuck on its dusty screen.

A large cache of spiders is nesting in it, so it's not a total loss.

- James"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She loves it :) Sept. 18 2013
By Julian - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought my girlfriend this to sort of surprise her. She's always loved the movie and she showed me the movie and that was my first time watching the movie so I looked into it more. I found out it was based on a comic series of the same name so I decided to buy here this. She's already read most of it and she is just in love with it! The character and the art design is what she loves the most! If you're a fan of The Crow, I'd suggest picking this up for any fan! They'll enjoy it for sure.
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