Comics In Review: The Crow #3 & Sinister Dexter #6

MAR140465The Crow: Pestilence #3
Story By: Frank Bill
Art By: Drew Moss
Publisher: IDW

Salvador returns in The Crow: Pestilence #3 and is led back to the Midwest to avenge his family’s death and is a trail of bloodshed from the get go.  Salvador is on a murderous rampage with one goal in mind… killing all gang members that were part of his family’s murder.  As Salvador tracks down the assailants, he cordially invites himself to a drug meet and greet, and as you can imagine, it didn’t go so well.  Salvador encounters sex and drug trafficking in the blue grass state and takes matters into his own hands.  After grueling and grotesque imagery in this specific scene, the reader really gets a full-on feeling of pain that Eric Draven was ingrained with in the first Crow filmEven though there is no direct relationship between the film and comic series, there is still that same cinematographic aspect that brings you back to the dreary and agonizing dream that you couldn’t escape from.  I would even compare some of Drew Moss artwork in the Oxy Joe gun sequence to that of a Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film.  It reminded me of something out of Kill Bill or From Dusk Till Dawn in the way that there was a goretorium of severed, shot, and sliced death sequences followed by clever one-liners.

Salvador faces his first inhuman adversary and he is unsure how to take on this evil boxer entity.  With the help of Sante Muerte, they tag team the evil being, and take him down slowly and painfully.  The Crow was monitoring the entire battle and Salvador fires off a few rounds to take down the bird, which symbolizes a wounded person.  As Salvador is trying to grasp reality and unparalleled events he had witnessed before his eyes, he takes the resurrected boxer back to Lou.  He comes to realize that the boxer had a darker past and was associated with Lou many years before.

I am a huge fan of Alex Proyas The Crow from 1994 and even though Frank Bill was trying something different with this comic series, there was similar imagery and violence that made the original film a memorable cult classic.  I really enjoyed Salvador’s character and persistence to avenge his family’s death, but most importantly his murderous demeanor.  As we are left open at the end of the comic for it to be concluded and not sure if this will pick up down the road, we are left to ponder…..will Salvador set out and find the SDC gang or will the Crow guide him down a more tranquil path? I am giving The Crow: Pestilence #3 3 out of 5 Nerd Skulls.

STK637368Sinister Dexter #6
Story By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Andy Clarke
Publisher: IDW

Dan Abnett picks up in the next chapter of the Sinister Dexter series by following up with Finny Sinister and Ramone Dexter.  We are introduced to their humble abode in South Central, Downlode; it’s a place of the future where you can run into blade runners, and battle against larger than life alien creatures.  Sinister is a leather jacket wearing gunslinger that resembles Kurt Russell with an Elmer Fudd speech impediment and Dexter is a cool and collected gunman. From the beginning of the story line, it was hard to follow some of the dialogue due to the incoherent and mumbling mannerisms of Finny. Though, as the first battle takes place against a gang of outlaws in a local bar, the comic starts to draw me in like a bad 80’s movie.  After shooting up the place and putting a few hundred rounds into the bodies of the enemy, all that’s left of the bar is spattered blood and the substantial smell of gun powder.

As Sinister and Dexter take on the alien creatures in Downlode, each bullet they use is numbered and has significance behind it.  With the mass variety of ammo, they are able to battle against other humans and aliens with one goal in mind, death.  After a long and drawn out bar battle, Sinister and Dexter pack up their ruger nine’s and head out.  We are next introduced to a younger and more versatile character by the name of Kal Cutter.  Kal or Vejay Chander are aware of the recent happenings of the gunslingers and communicate with them at a local diner to discuss future endeavors and join forces.  If they agree upon the partnership with Kal, this will open a door of opportunity, and will be a more efficient approach to taking out future enemies and alien species.

Overall, I liked Andy Clarke’s detailed artwork and contrast to distinguish between good vs. evil, but the overall storyline was a bit lackluster.  I was having difficulty following at parts and the transitioning was not smooth in between stories/characters.  I have read and enjoyed Dan Abnett’s work in the past, but this specific issue was missing plot development and seemed scrambled throughout the different sequences.  I hope in the next issue there will be more character development and a stronger premise that will drag me in and never let me go. I’ll give Sinister Dexter #6 2 out of 5 Nerd Skulls.