The Crow – Curare #2, 2013
Deepening its mystery, “The Crow: Curare” #2 follows up with another gripping instalment. At its emotional core, the narrative is in tune to its combination of police procedural and horror. Driven in sadness and revenge, “The Crow” series continues to say so much about the perils of grief and redemption.
James O’ Barr divides the revenge-driven narrative into two sections. In the first part, readers are given a hard-edged crime tale where Detective Salk is morally tested. Because this is about an innocent little girl, who was violated before her death, does this give Salk the right to cross the line between good and bad cop? At first, you’re rooting for Salk to beat up the child molester in the dark corner. But when readers discover this is the wrong suspect, you really see how self-destructive Salk has become.
In the second part, O’ Barr takes the “Crow” premise into a different direction. This isn’t a gun-toting dark avenger coming back from the dead. Trapped in the body of a little girl, Carrie is an echo of her true self. Though years have passed, Carrie still speaks to Salk like a little girl because she hasn’t grown up. She’s not there to haunt Salk as a ghost, but rather to serve as a second chance at hope.
Detective Joe Salk’s obsession with the dead girl escalates into fury and misguided rage, as hints of the child’s identity are revealed. A bitter rain becomes a hurricane of violence and sadness.