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Review: The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 1: Dead Time

After a ten-year hiatus, James O’Barr returned to The Crow with Dead Time, a story he envisioned as a new Crow film. A tale of grief, reincarnation, and long-sought vengeance, Dead Time is adapted by John Wagner and illustrated by Alexander Maleev. ( Extracted from Amazon )

Let me start this off by stating I absolutely love The Crow. Ever since I saw the film, it forever changed the way I knew a movie could be and is undoubtably my favorite movie of all time. I recently purchased it on Blu-ray and watched the special feature interview with James O’Barr, the creator of the original comic book. I found the interview quite interesting. You may view it below:

Before I read this digitally, on Kindle Unlimited I was largely unfamiliar with James O’Barr’s work ( other than how it is portrayed in the movie ), but this time O’Barr is only writing the story and leaves the script to John Wagner, the art to Alexander Maleev and the lettering to Dan Burr.

Inside this digital edition comic, which I read on my phone is beautiful, pure black and white ( O’Barr explains his preference for black and white in the interview above ) comic book with an accentuated art style, non-stop action with gritty, violent scenes. I enjoyed every minute of the just over one hundred pages and finished the whole Vol. 1 in one sitting.

I really can’t say enough for the artwork here which looks way better on my phone that it does on the PC. Kindle Unlimited zooms on frames automatically with a phone. So, you really get a high definition, almost zoom-like mega vision to get the full effect without the distraction of what is around the frames. The only annoying thing about it is the fact that you have to keep rotating the phone to get the biggest view of the frame, depending on the shape of it. I’m hoping to snag the original comic, special edition sometime soon and possibly do a dual review with the movie.

I’m not going to give this a star rating, just because I am so bias for The Crow. I think you know what the answer would be . . .

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

2 replies on “Review: The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 1: Dead Time”

It really is a story sourced from passion. His first girlfriend died just as soon and they started falling in love. He channeled this emotion into creativity and that passion really came out and still does through motivation to express. I can relate to the creator in this way. Mr. Bookstooge, it’s always great to see you.

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