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Review – The Crow: Memento Mori #2 (IDW Publishing)

Reborn in The Crow: Memento Mori #2

David exacted his revenge on the terrorist that took his life and the life of his young love. Now in The Crow: Memento Mori #2 David looks fondly back on his short life. His parents, his friends, and his first and only love Sarah. The Church and Father Raphael played a big part in David’s life and lead to his eventual death. Father Raphael taught David many things, but he might play a bigger role in David’s new “life”.

Writing

I was a little skeptical going into this series as I am with all “The Crow” media. There have been plenty of “snoozers” along the way, so it does not have the best track record. The Crow: Memento Mori has been pretty solid thus far. Writer Roberto Recchioni hits that moodiness and comedic sides that I like in a The Crow story. Recchioni does a great job in The Crow Memento Mori #2 in delving into David’s life before dying. Because he sets it up like a tv show, there’s a great balance of nice and funny but sad and dark elements to this second issue. He does a good job of keeping the mystery alive about Father Raphael’s whole role in the story as well. I am liking everything that is happening in this story and it is hitting a lot of good notes for me.

The Crow: Memento Mori #2 (CA) Davide Furno
The Crow: Memento Mori #2 (CA) Davide Furno

Davide Frunó pens a short story in The Crow: Memento Mori #2 titled “Nevermore”. Just as in the previous issue this short story is fantastic. Frunó weaves a haunting revenge tale framed in Edgar Allen Poe’s classic “The Raven”. I cannot say much about it without spoiling it, but Frunó fills those 4-5 pages with a nice chilling tale of revenge.

Art

Werther Dell’Edera continues to have some wonderful visuals in The Crow: Memento Mori #2. Dell’Edera does well with the more shocking imagery, like seeing Davids torn body lying in rubble. It is a very striking and haunting visual on the page. Dell’Edera also does well on the flashback pages. Catching the innocence and hopefulness of David as a young child and transferring that to the readers’ mind. Giovanna Niro on colors does some great and interesting coloring work. It almost feels like more of a colored pencil on the pages. Niro gives everything a dark almost textured look that delivers some fantastic imagery throughout The Crow: Memento Mori #2.

Davide Frunó also does some great work on art in his back up story. I hate to keep going back to the word “haunting”, but that is the only real way to describe the art in “Nevermore”. It is dark and moody and fits the story superbly well. It is the type of imagery that sticks in the readers head long after the story is over.

Conclusion

The Crow: Memento Mori is a story you are not going to want to miss. The main story continues to be wonderfully told and delivers a tale about a boy who did not get to live much of a life before it got taken away. The Crow: Memento Mori #2 also has a great call back to the soundtrack to the original The Crow movie. Just saying you should listen to this song while reading this issue. These short stories continue to be amazingly well done.  Davide Frunó brings a short story that will stick with readers long after this issue is put down!


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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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