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NYCC 2014: Twenty Years Of ‘The Crow’ With James O’Barr
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Twenty Years Of The Crow  panel: James O'Barr

20 years ago, The Crow burst into movie theaters, and 20 years later, it continues to fascinate us. The question has always been whether it would have been as successful had star Brandon Lee not died towards the end of production, due to a faulty gun prop. Lee played Eric Draven, a dead rocker bent on revenge after his girlfriend was raped and murdered while he watched and then he too was killed in Detroit on Devil’s Night, October 30th. The critically acclaimed movie, based on the James O’Barr comic book of the same name, achieved cult status…and some terrible sequels.

On Thursday night, O’Barr made his first appearance at New York Comic-Con at the panel “Twenty Years of “The Crow” with James O’Barr,” where he talks about the original film as well as the upcoming reboot.

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C2E2 2014: Convention Report & Photo Gallery
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It’s been awhile since I have gotten the chance to hit up one of the local conventions, 2 years since the last C2E2, and a few more till San Diego Comic-Con. But things worked out this year and I was able to head down to Chicago to check out one day of C2E2 on Saturday, April 26.

You can check out our photo gallery from the convention here below, including several of cosplayers, as well as cover of some of the panels, including the 20th anniversary of the film, The Crow.

The first thing that hit me as we arrived at the convention center is the fact that this Con has really grown in the past few years, and that meant being moved to the other side of the convention center. It may not be anywhere close to the scale of SDCC, but I have admit that it’s giving Wizard World a run for its money, although it has been a few years since my last visit as well, and hopefully I will check it out in August.

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The GoD List: Comics For March 12, 2014
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THE GoD LIST banner: Avengers Undercover #1

Each and every week, I, “Snow, snow, go away” Henchman 21 and “Come again another day” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of March 12, 2014. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

Spring is almost here, you can feel it in the air. Birds are singing, bees are trying to have sex with them, or so I’ve been led to believe. It’s that special time when a young man’s fancy turns thoughts of love…for comics. And there are some comics to love this week, with some new series, some kind of new series, and the return of a classic series. It’s enough to warm your heart and your soul, even as we get one last push of winter, at least in my neck of the woods. Initiate: The GoD List!

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Brandon Lee: Remembering The Late ‘Crow’ Star On His Birthday
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The Crow

Today would have been the 49th birthday of Brandon Lee, martial artist and actor best remembered for being the lead role in The Crow, a film which was marked with tragedy when Lee died of an accidental gunshot wound during filming. Lee was also the son of the legendary monarch of the martial arts, Bruce Lee.

Born on February 1, 1965 in Oakland, CA, Brandon Bruce Lee’s life has been wrapped in a sort of shrouded mysterious enigma ever since his fateful death back on March 31, 1993. Like his father, Brandon Lee died young, under unorthodox circumstances and was also on the precipice of super stardom as an actor and practitioner of the martial arts. That unfortunately never got attained for him and in the wake of his death, Brandon Lee didn’t become the kind of iconic almost mythical figure that his father became in the wake of his passing in 1973, but instead, the younger Lee became a sort of footnote to the whole Hollywood pool of unfortunate, work-related deaths. But make no mistake, Lee was on a path to put himself as a successor to some of the empire his father had built; films like Showdown in Little Tokyo and Rapid Fire were starting to put Lee in the driver’s seat as an action star of these kind of purposely bombastically cinema potboilers, where dialogue and narrative took a back seat to the stunning visuals of the martial arts on screen, and he seemed poised to become the next action star, like a Van Damme or Steven Seagal.

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NYCC 2013 Preview: ‘The Crow: Pestilence’ Coming In 2014 From IDW
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The Crow: Pestilence

IDW Publishing has done a fine job since taking over the license for James O’Barr’s The Crow, with a bevy of new series based on the classic property. IDW has announced their next series for the goth spirit of vengeance with The Crow: Pestilence coming in 2014. The miniseries will be written by novelist Frank Bill (Donnybrook), and this will mark his first comic work. Art on the series will be provided by Drew Moss (The Colonized), with covers coming from The Crow creator O’Barr.

Pestilence takes the Crow down to Juarez, Mexico for another round of revenge, and that’s about all we know so far. We can assume some tragic figure is going to die tragically and then come back to life and kill a bunch of people as is par for the course with The Crow.

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Comic-Con Poster For ‘The Crow’ Reboot By Creator James O’Barr
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The Crow Reboot teaser

The folks over at Shock Till You Drop have debuted a Comic-Con exclusive teaser poster for Javier Gutierrez‘s reboot of Alex Proyas’ 1994 film The Crow. The poster features the art of James O’Barr, creator of 1989’s The Crow comic book.

Check out the poster here below.

As the poster declares, The Crow will begin shooting in 2014.

During the convention, STYD had a chance to speak to Gutierrez, who is directing the reboot for Relativity, and O’Barr, who reportedly recently came onto the project as a creative consultant. O’Barr’s involvement is definitely a good sign, considering how long the project has been in development hell. (You can look back in our archives to see how many directors, writers, and studios its been through already, as well as lawsuits and possible lead actors).

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Comic Review: The Crow: Curare #1
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The Crow: Curare #The Crow: Curare #1
Written by James O’Barr
Illustrated by Antoine Dodé
Colored by Antoine Dodé
Lettered by Shawn Lee
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Crow creator James O’Barr makes a much-celebrated return to his beloved character with his latest paranormal crime drama The Crow: Curare #1 from IDW Publishing.

Thanks to the strength of the O’Barr’s writing and his tendency to NOT pull punches, dedicated fans of the The Crow tales will feel like they’ve been reunited with an old friend while readers new to the work will probably wonder if they’ve stumbled into a late-night cable series instead of a comic book.

O’Barr continues to deliver a surreal mix of plausible real-life horrors with supernatural vigilante justice in this launch. Down-on-his-luck detective Joe Salk is haunted, both figuratively and literally, by a case involving the brutal murder of a young girl. He becomes so consumed with trying to find justice for a victim that reminds him of his own children that he eventually causes his marriage and family life to crumble.

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Comic Review: The Crow: Skinning The Wolves
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The Crow: Skinning The WolvesThe Crow: Skinning The Wolves
Trade Paperback
The Crow created by James O’Barr
Story and Breakdown by James O’Barr
Story and Art by Jim Terry
Colors by Tom Ziuko
Color Assist by Jim Terry
Cover by James O’Barr
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

Every single one of us has felt the need for revenge at some time or another. What if that burning anger in your heart was enough to bring you back from the dead to exact your vengeance? Would you embrace it and the power that comes with it? The Crow: Skinning The Wolves is all about vengeance and justice, though it does lean a lot heavier towards vengeance more often in this story. Not that justice isn’t served. No, justice is served up steaming hot in the dead of winter, in a very sudden manner. But then, The Crow has always been about turning the tables on those that commit atrocities and embrace evil.

Ever since I first read the original story of The Crow by James O’Barr, I have been fascinated by the concept of a supernatural being that exists to deliver justice and bring a sense of peace to those who were wronged in life. With a familiar in the guise of a crow, these restless spirits are housed once again in the bodies they once inhabited. The crow leads them to their prey and grants them their un-life until they have completed their tasks that will allow them to find peace.

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Luke Evans Becomes The Latest Star Of ‘The Crow’ Reboot
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Luke Evans

The long-in-development reboot of The Crow has gone through a vast number of attached talent in its pained journey just to get the end of pre-production, including stars Mark Walhberg and Bradley Cooper, screenwriter Nick Cave, and first assigned director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The latest director on the project is F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) and most recently it looked like Tom Hiddleston of Thor and The Avengers was in talks to star in the title role, as was Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood fame.

Well, the news of either Hiddleston or Skarsgard’s imminent casting seems to have been little more than wishful thinking on the part of many because it appears that the role has been filled by Welsh actor Luke Evans, soon to be seen in Fast & the Furious 6 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Evans, who recently also signed on to star in Universal Pictures’ summer 2014 release Dracula Year Zero, could previously be seen in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans as well as Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and the 3D re-do of The Three Musketeers.

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‘Avengers’ Star Tom Hiddleston In Early Talks To Lead ‘The Crow’ Remake
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Tom Hiddleston in talks for The Crow

Known for his roles in Thor, War Horse, Midnight in Paris, and Marvel’s The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston is in early discussions to play Eric Draven in Relativity Media’s reimagining of The Crow.

Based on the James O’Barr comic book series that was previously adapted as a 1994 Miramax movie starring Brandon Lee, The Crow follows a man who comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.

The 1994 film, directed by Alex Proyas, was a a critical and commercial success for Miramax. While the film is remembered for Proyas’ unique visual style, the death of Brandon Lee will forever haunt the supernatural superhero film. During production at Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina, Lee suffered an accidental gunshot while filming.

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