James O’Barr at the Helm of “The Crow” Once Again!

There were a few years, early on in high school, when I was completely obsessed with The Crow. The movie had just come out with its stellar performance by Brandon Lee, whose unfortunate death during the making of the movie only seemed to make the dark and gritty world The Crow inhabited that much more real. Like any good fanboy, I felt compelled to get my hands on the source material, so I went out and bought The Crow graphic novel. I then proceeded to read it until it, quite literally, fell apart in my hands. So, when I heard today that O’Barr is coming back to The Crow universe after a long absence, I was pretty excited by the prospect of some new material to obsess over. O’Barr is going to be heading up a new, three-issue mini-series featuring the Crow persona in a World War II concentration camp. The series is titled, The Crow: Skinning the Wolves. The Crow versus Nazis? Yes, please.

Press Release

IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce that The Crow’s original creator, James O’Barr will be launching a brand-new story featuring the vengeful avian guide, THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES, a three-issue miniseries set to debut this December. Fans of O’Barr’s dark signature style will be delighted to see him backed by co-artist Jim Terry with a story woven of the same supernatural mystique that made The Crow a favorite of fans worldwide.

“I’ve been wanting to see a new Crow project from James O’Barr for a lot longer than we’ve had the Crow license,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and what James has lined up for Skinning the Wolves and beyond is definitely delivering on those expectations.”

Set in a European concentration camp in 1945, Skinning the Wolves investigates a world where the dark harbinger of vengeance is dispatched in response to one of history’s greatest atrocities and the ultimate evil that perpetrated it.

“This is a story I’ve had planned for ages; 20 years maybe. It’s a tough tightrope to walk, using a concentration camp as a setting for a story, but I took care in not exploiting the situation for entertainment purposes. I did layouts and a rough story outline, but got sidetracked with the increasing popularity of the original film and graphic novel of The Crow and never found the time to finish it,” said O’Barr. “I met Jim Terry a few years ago and was really truly impressed with his Eisneresque style and thought it would be perfect for him. He’s gone above and beyond my expectations and I’m very proud of him and this book.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better story to work on, and it has been thrilling to see it develop into what I feel will be a truly special book,” said Terry. “There are many, many titles on the stands these days, but I believe SKINNING THE WOLVES will be different from them all–not from a place of hubris, but from genuine excitement over what it’s become.”

Full of the dark, challenging questions and ideas that have propelled The Crow to international acclaim, Skinning the Wolves is sure to be a gritty spectacle; one not to be missed by any comics fans, macabre justice enthusiasts, or those in between.

Veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, producer of the 1994 smash hit film The Crow, together with Relativity Media and Dimension Films, is at work on a reinvention of the original film, which explores its own unique storyline separate from the comic book, with F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) attached to direct from a screenplay by Jesse Wigutow and Marc Klein. Pressman licensed the comic book rights to IDW. The deal was brokered by Dan Kletzky of Entertainment Licensing Associates.

THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES #1 (of 3) is 32 pages, full color, and will be in stores in December. Diamond code: OCT120354.

From IDW Publishing

3 Responses to “James O’Barr at the Helm of “The Crow” Once Again!”

  1. This should really be great. Glad “The Crow” is returning!

  2. Sounds awesome!

  3. Good choice to work with IDW too. they really know how to appeal to the darker side of the comic book market. Will be keeping an eye out for this one…

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