Crow Lethe #1 Review

by Nick Devonald on March 04, 2020

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Colours: Katrina Mae Hao
Letters: Samuel Murray

Before we get into this review I have a confession to make. I haven’t read any other Crow comics, not even the original one that started off the movies. My knowledge of the Crow story comes from watching the films. This doesn’t seem to be a hindrance at all, I was able to pick this up and read along without feeling lost or out of my depth. Anyway onto the review.

The story follows Null Narcos, a circus performer who has no memory of his past life, and who feels no pain. As the story goes on it’s implied he’s been brought back by the crow, but nothing is confirmed. I won’t go into any more details because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. He’s haunted by faint memories but does his best to keep them at bay. It makes an interesting twist on the usual amnesiac story.

The issue feels really short, but it does a good job of introducing all the characters. It manages to hit the ground running which doesn’t always happen with a debut issue. I’m excited to see where this story goes next. It didn’t feel like any unnecessary time was spent setting the story up, it just felt very quick. Now that all the characters have been introduced the next issue is sure to really get stuck into the story.

It’s quite graphically violent, which is in keeping with The Crow. I really like Ilias Kyriazis art. There is a double spread near the beginning which really stands out, it’s really well done, the different panels appearing within flames. It’s one of those excellent double page spreads where you find yourself staring, transfixed by the skill with which it’s brought to life, and a real highlight of the comic.

There is an array of interesting characters and Kyriazis brings them to life. Being circus stars they’re all very unique and fascinating. And he captures their facial expressions really well.

Katrina Mae Hao’s colours make the most of Kyriazis’s art and help set the scene. The blood and fire contrast nicely with the darker colours found elsewhere in the comic and make them feel more prominent.

This is an interesting first issue, introducing a number of interesting characters, a twist on the familiar crow story, a mysterious villain. I enjoyed Kyriazis’s art and Mae Hao’s colours. The issue felt over really quickly, it could almost have done with being slightly longer to get the story really flowing, but otherwise I would recommend it. Fans of the Crow franchise are sure to enjoy this for the twists on the more familiar tropes.

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