The Crow Skinning the Wolves #1 is a difficult book to review, and your appreciation and or enjoyment will be wholly dependent on your reaction to the content.
The Newest Crow is a man who is killed in a Nazi Concentration Camp, and is reborn to wreak his vengeance. The art work in Skinning the Wolves is stark and creates a very evocative mood. O’Barr and Terry have done an incredible job creating a gritty reality for their characters to inhabit. With few exceptions the panels are close up images, putting the reader into the dark world as a direct observer, in the mêlée. There is a fantastic sequence where luggage is ripped open and a Nazi walks through the contents, and over a child’s doll.
The Crow works best an agent of righteous chaos in a corrupt and vile setting. In this regard placing the events in a concentration camp is a good call. It is difficult to refer to the character as heroic, because saving others is a byproduct of his actions, and he is already dead. In Skinning the Wolves there a great deal of foreshadowing, setting up the Nazi leader that will be the antagonist of The Crow.
It is too early to tell if all the elements will lead to a satisfactory pay off, however O’Barr and Terry are off to a strong start.