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Review – The Crow: Hark the Herald (IDW Publishing)

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The Crow: Hark the Herald

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Meredith Laxton
Colorist: Katrina Mae Hao
Letterer: Will Cook
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 27, 2019

Christmas is a time of family and friends coming together to enjoy time together. But when a group of six notorious killers comes together to celebrate the Holidays, sins of the past also tag along.

 

Christmas Ghosts in The Crow: Hark the Herald

When six notorious killers come together once a year to a secluded cabin to celebrate the holidays. One day to act normal and act like they have family and friends. But this Christmas, sins of the past are not forgotten. The Ghost of Christmas Past comes for revenge in The Crow: Hark the Herald 

Writing

Tim Seeley pens this one-shot “The Crow” story. It seems he is the man to go to for The Crow here recently. He has been doing the mini-series The Crow: Hack/Slash for IDW Publishing. I am a big fan of the Crow and was excited to see The Crow: Hark the Herald as a Christmas-themed one-shot story. I always enjoy a good Christmas issue and combining with The Crow seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, much like Seeley’s previous The Crow: Hack/Slash, I really couldn’t get into this. 

It is not that the writing was bad or the general story was bad. It just felt like it was missing a little piece of connection or “heart” to the story. I mean, it is your basic The Crow story’ like them all, you’ve got a character brought back from the dead to get revenge. Usually, there is a little twist or something added. The Crow: Hark the Herald had the Christmas theme, but I just felt a little lack of connection with the story. I wanted to feel a little more passion out of the lead character than what was given. I also wasn’t big on the ending. No spoilers, but it just did not work for me.

I did like the general concept of the story; it was original and having all these brutal killers come together to act normal on Christmas, while a bit goofy, did add a little bit of levity to The Crow: Hark the Herald. Maybe the overall silliness of the situation should have been played up more? I wish Seeley would have leaned into the goofiness a little more like his The Lost Boys series.

Art

Meredith Laxton has a solid style for The Crow: Hark the Herald, but like the story, nothing really stands out about it. Again, not that anything was specifically “bad” about the art, but it is hard to point out anything that stands out as interesting or noteworthy either. Laxton has good character work and she does a fine job of drawing all the characters in their winter clothing. The clothing looks natural and fits well with each character’s personality in the story.

It is just that everything is kind of there. There are a few cool-looking scenes with the lead character, but other than that there honestly isn’t anything that stands out art-wise. I don’t know what really else to say. It is good art and nothing is wrong with it, but as visual storytelling, it is nothing spectacular either.

I do enjoy the coloring work by Katrina Mae Hao. She does some delightful work throughout The Crow: Hark the Herald. Hao does a fantastic job with the snowy backdrop and the setting of the issue. Her bright colors play well off the white background and it looks great.

Conclusion

I was really hoping for something fun and interesting with a The Crow Christmas tale. While The Crow: Hark the Herald has a fun concept, it just feels a little too bland story- and art-wise. It is not bad, and if you like The Crow stories then you will probably like this, but also nothing about it really stands out about it, either.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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