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James O’Barr returns to comics with The Crow: Skinning the Wolves

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James O’Barr returns to comics with <i>The Crow: Skinning the Wolves</i>

Acclaimed artist James O’Barr returns to his most famous creation in December with The Crow: Skinning the Wolves, a three-issue miniseries from IDW Publishing.

Debuting in 1989, The Crow centered on a young musician who’s killed while trying save his fiancee from street thugs, only to be resurrected by supernatural forces. He seeks vengeance against his murderers, methodically stalking the thugs and killing them. The hit comic inspired a critically and commercially successful 1994 film, which spawned three movie sequels and a short-lived television series.

Jim Terry is billed as O’Barr’s co-artist on Skinning the Wolves, which is set in a European concentration camp 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,” O’Barr said in a statement. “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. 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.”

The 32-page, full-color The Crow: Skinning the Wolves #1 arrives in December.

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