"The Crow: Memento Mori #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Roberto Recchioni
Illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera
Colored by Giovanna Niro
Lettered by Giovanni Marinovich
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 30th, 2018
Former altar boy / current spirit of vengeance, David, is hunting down those responsible for his and his girlfriend's deaths. He's already killed the ones that ran him down in the street, but now he's looking for their bosses and he's got a solid lead. At least, it looks that way because he just takes a bus somewhere in the city and walks right in, like there was a big flashing light above the building saying “Secret Hideout for Bad Guys.”
The Crow: Memento Mori starts out so strong and has faltered quite a bit in subsequent issues. This one continues that downward spiral. David is an unstoppable force, doling out unspeakable acts of violence against bad men, or rather, men we believe to be bad, as we haven't seen any of these people before. David literally walks into a building and starts murdering everyone he comes across. One of the first guys that tries to stop him gets his face ripped off.
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While all this is happening, David is reciting Bible verses like some holy roller goth kid. He's always been a little too cool for school, but this just puts it over the top. It makes him infuriating as a character and very tough to root for. He revels in this too, even throwing out lame jokes to an old woman on the bus. I want to remind you again that this spirit of vengeance, who has returned to life to hunt down those that have wronged him, took the bus to finish his mission. In previous issues he was hopping across rooftops like a pale, lanky version of Batman. Granted, he was literally cut in half not too long ago, so maybe he has trouble jumping with all the duct tape holding him together right now.
David's march into the building is beautifully choreographed by artist Werther Dell'Edera. It's incredible to watch this systematic takedown of a group of armed men. It's like the end of the second episode of Daredevil on Netflix where Matt Murdock kicks all kinds of ass in a hallway in what looks like a single take. This should be really cool to read on ComiXology, looking at each panel individually.
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Although this looks awesome, the line work appears a little sloppy, like the inks should have tightened things up a bit. This makes some of the forms look too thin or awkward. Some of the characters are flat and emotionless too, which doesn't help the action we're seeing on the page.
This issue builds to a reveal that's intended to shock us but falls flat. It isn’t too hard to guess who the big bad is, as there is really only one person it could be, however it's unclear how those dots are connected. I want so much to like this, but it seems like The Crow can't escape its mopey goth roots.
The one saving grace with The Crow: Memento Mori #3 is the backup story called “A Murder of Crows.” Written by Daniel De Filippis and illustrated by Emanuele Ercolani, the short follows a very different version of The Crow. This is a young girl who seeks vengeance on pedophiles in the most gruesome way possible. I'd read a whole series about this character in a heartbeat.