The Crow: Curare #2
Written by James O’Barr
Illustrated by Antoine Dodé
Colored by Antoine Dodé
Lettered by Shawn Lee
Release Date: July 24, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised at how strong an issue The Crow Curare #1 was, and was pretty eager to pick up the second issue in this three book arc.
The second book gives readers an extensive background on Detective Salk and shows us exactly how the man broke down, both professionally and personally. The scenes with his family are particularly strong. They perfectly contrast where he is both physically and emotionally compared to his wife and children.
We also see Carrie's abduction, though not the man who took her. The initial kidnapping from a playground is a haunting work of minimalism. Dode's art images capture this perfectly. They are the type of pages that make me want to buy a second copy to get them framed.
While it was nice to get a fully fleshed out background on Salk, the book leaves off at nearly the same point as the first. One month later I still don't know whats going to happen next. Readers are treated to the emergence of the Crow though..
Overall this is a strong book, that feels like a bit of a let down because it doesn't advance the plot very much, and because the first issue was nearly flawless. Dode's mesmerizing images though make this book a must buy, as it works almost like a tone poem. I am very curious to see how this is all wrapped up in the last issue.