This week on the show: A year dead, or simply back after a year? Catwoman gets it on, Akira goes to the big show, and Vampirella wears pants. All this, plus Fear and loathing… I mean Fear Itself, in this issue!


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Catwoman #2
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
She’s a thief who lives to steal just for the thrill of breaking the law. He’s The Dark Knight, obsessively driven to battle evil with every ounce of his strength. They should keep each other at arm’s length, but…they just can’t seem to help themselves! Don’t miss this issue – things are gonna get messy!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
BRANDON JERWA (story/script)
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by WAGNER REIS
“Blood Red” Retailer incentive cover by PAUL RENAUD
While en route to their first international adventure, Vampirella and Sofia are summoned to the German countryside. They’re tasked with security detail for a sacred ceremony, but the original mission becomes something entirely different once they reach their destination. It’s a mind-bending tale of demons, denial and dark secret fears.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Fear Itself – The Home Front #7
Writer:  Christos Gage
Penciller:  Howard Chaykin, Alessandro Vitti, Mike Mayhew
Price:  $3.99
Will Speedball cause a catastrophe bigger than Stamford? – Will X-23, Power Man, Amadeus Cho, Thunderstrike & Spider-Girl form an all-new team of young heroes?

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

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Discussion: Immortals: The Crow
The story revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric. He and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang of street thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten and raped. They are then left for dead on the side of the road.

He is resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. When not on the hunt, Eric stays in the house he shared with Shelly, spending most of his time there lost in memories of her. Her absence is torture for him; he is in emotional pain, even engaging in self-mutilation by cutting himself.
The Crow acts as both guide and goad for Eric, giving him information that helps him in his quest but also chastising him for dwelling on Shelly’s death, seeing his pining as useless self-indulgence that distracts him from his purpose

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  1. Actually in the Akira manga, I’ve both watched the movie and read the books (like the manga better), the 2 roles you mention are pretty big. The seer that we see in 2 and half scenes in the movie has large portions of the books dedicated to her story and her role in all this. The movie has around a tenth of the story in the manga and changed quite a few characters and plot lines.

  2. The Crow means something…more…to me. Like Matthew, I was a young man when it was first released. My friends and I circulated the books, also circulating the mythos of O’Barr’s real-life story of loss.

    A friend of mine was particularly taken with the story. Not sure if you know this or not, but, in 1975, an operation was undertaken to bring 70,000 orphans out of South Vietnam–an area quickly running out of food or supplies to care for the burgeoning population of parentless children. Many of these babies and toddlers were of mixed American/Vietnamese heritage.

    One of these was my friend, Todd. Todd was like a mythical creature in our little town. While quite a few in that particular suburban part of Western New York State were of a variety of European heritages (leaning heavily towards German and Italian), the Asian community was sparse.

    Todd didn’t know anything about the country of his birth. He’d only known the United States–only known Webster and Penfield, NY, specifically. Nevertheless, he was a constant target of racist attitudes and the butt of cruel kids’ jokes.

    This crucible made him into a singularly tough and funny kid. Short and consistently ostracized, he adopted humor to guard against the world.

    He wasn’t a particular fan of O’Barr’s book, but he loved Brandon Lee. I don’t know if you remember this, but the year before the release of The Crow movie, they released a biopic of Bruce Lee called Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Todd latched onto these movies, and obsessed over the story of Brandon Lee. We had all followed his rise at the movie theater where we were all employed–watching Showdown in Little Tokyo with relish.

    Todd took Brandon Lee’s death particularly hard. I’m not sure why he identified so much with him, but he took it almost like a personal loss.

    After high school, Todd’s mother died. Determined to get his degree, Todd first moved in with his aunt–being forced to move out due to strife with her over-bearing and verbally abusive husband–and then with a series of friends. He went to school full time and moved to another city.

    Todd hung himself in the summer of 1995. He drove into a remote area off a main road and hung himself from a tree. He left no note, so we’ll never know exactly why, but we’ve all made guesses.

    The Crow gave me an excuse to feel the things I felt at the time–permission to wallow in juvenile self pity and grief. More than that, Eric, himself, showed that it was possible–through his mission of justice–to right wrongs, and to make sense of the senseless.

    For those reasons, this book will always mean a lot to me. I haven’t read the it in more than a decade, but every time I go to the self that holds all my trade paperbacks I see it, and it makes me think of Todd.

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