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Celebrating Twenty Years Of The Crow

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“Brandon had put his heart into his character-he really cared about this film and wanted it to be something special. I think that shows. There will always be a lot of justifiable anger over Brandon’s death, but there is one glimmer of optimism here-the film itself-Brandon’s film. In years to come people will still be be as dazzled by his brilliance as we were.” – Alex Proys, Director Of The Crow

thecrowposter1 In 1993 we didn’t have the internet at our finger tips to find out everything that was going on,  we had to read things  or hear it from word of mouth, or on the news. We learned about new comics from Wizard Magazine. Music news actually came from MTV and word of mouth by passing tapes around of bands. One such piece of news came in March of 1993,when Brandon Lee was killed while filming The Crow. I was aware of The Crow but had not read the graphic novel yet and simply knew a film was in production based on it. After hearing of Lee’s passing I seeked out the graphic novel and read it through. It changed the way I had looked at comics. To me, comics had been super heroes. I had no idea comics could be so mature and adult. I had read The Dark Knight Returns, but even that to me was just a super hero story. The Crow was different. It spoke to it’s reader in a different way, probably because it was so damn personal. I took The Crow in, I embraced it, and it became one of my favorite comic book stories of all time. It was a haunting tale especially even more so after the death of Lee. The book brought as much sorrow reading it as it did satisfaction. The Crow would make for an incredible film I thought, but with the death of Lee, the film was initially shelved. Thankfully not for long however, as his family and friends felt that the studio should finish the film because it’s what Brandon would have wanted. In the end it was the right decision, and The Crow was on track for release in 1994.

thecrowimage2May 13, 1994. The Crow hit theaters. The film opened to almost $12 million dollars, Miramax’s biggest opening ever at the time! It would go on to make over $42 million domestically, and over $100 million in worldwide receipts. The
movie was a hit amongst fans of the comics, general audiences, and most critics even accepted it. Brandon Lee was praised for his performance and with it came sadness from fans across the nation. The movie quite simply, would have made him a star. But the completed version of The Crow wasn’t about how much money it made or if a critic liked it or not. It was to complete Brandon Lee’s final work and let audiences see what a gifted actor he was. In that regard it more than succeeds. Now 20 years since the film’s release, the movie is widely considered a cult classic. Instead of sadness Lee’s work on the film is celebrated as the center piece of his all to brief career. Brandon’s work in The Crow flies on in our hearts and in home theaters everywhere across the world.

thecrowimage3As I reflect on being a fan of The Crow for these 20 years, I realize that as all of these comic book film’s continue to hit theaters, The Crow continues to be in my top 5 favorites of the genre. Perhaps it’s because it came out in a time of my life when I really connected to the graphic novel and the film. Or perhaps it really is just that good. From the performances of Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Tony Todd and the others, to the cinematography, the direction of Alex Proyas, and the amazing soundtrack.Man the soundtrack! Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, Rage Agains The Machine, nine Inch Nails….arguably one of the best soundtracks of the 1990’s.

For any film to still be celebrated and watched twenty years later, it has to have done something to engage audiences. The story of The Crow is something that almost anyone who watches it can relate to in some way. We have all loved and would do anything to protect those we love. No, not everyone is faced with unspeakable tragedy, but if we were how would we react, or in the mythological fantasy of The Crow, how would we wish we could react? The Crow touches on these things and therefore I believe, that is how it engages it’s audience. It’s a fascinating tale that on the surface seems to be about revenge, but is really so much more than that. I have always seen The Crow as a love story. A deeply personal one that creator James O’Barr brought to us in the graphic novel, and director Alex Proyas brought to us with the film version.

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Brandon Lee is smiling from above I am sure as we celebrate 20 years of The Crow and continue to celebrate his life and the legacy he left behind. The Crow is now getting the reboot treatment, a film that I was at first against, but now I will wait and see before judging it. If helps new film goers discover the original film, or read O’Barr’s fantastic graphic novel, then it may have a purpose after all. Either way The Crow lives on 20 years later and that is the greatest legacy that can be given for the film, and for Brandon Lee.

“Because we do not know when we are going to die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood? An afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 …. 5 times more. Perhaps not even that.

How many times will you watch the full moon rise …… Perhaps twenty and yet it all seems limitless.
This is the point of view this character is coming from in the whole film, because it has brought sharply into focus how precious each moment of his life was.
This is the best role I have had the opportunity to get my hands on”.

– From Brandon Lee’s Final Interview, 1993

-Mark Neiser

P.S. My favorite scene in the film is between Brandon and Ernie Hudson in Officer Albrecht’s apartment. Touching. Gratifying. Perfect.

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Comic Book Releases 5/7/2014

Comic Releases

ARDDEN ENTERTAINMENT
Necromantical #1, $3.99

AVATAR PRESS
Caliban #2 (Facundo Percio Regular Cover), $3.99
Caliban #2 (Facundo Percio Wraparound Cover), $3.99
Crossed Badlands #53 (Christian Zanier Regular Cover), $3.99
God Is Dead #12 (Jacen Burrows Regular Cover), $3.99

BIG DOG INK
Critter #20 (Cover A Fico Ossio), $1.00
Rex Zombie Killer #4 (Of 4), $3.50
Shahrazad #5 (Cover A Mike Krome), $3.50

BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
Doctor Who The Crooked Man Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who Scavenger Audio CD, $24.99

BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time The Flip Side #5 (Of 6)(Cover A Wook Jin Clark), $3.99
Adventure Time The Flip Side #5 (Of 6)(Cover B Melissa Pagluica), $3.99
Adventure Time The Flip Side #5 (Of 6)(Cover C Yale Stewart), AR
Adventure Time The Flip Side #5 (Of 6)(Cover D Kali Ciesemier), AR
Day Men Pen And Ink #1 (Cover A Brian Stelfreeze), $9.99
Dead Letters #1 (Artyom Trakhanov 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Dead Letters #2 (Cover A Chris Visions), $3.99
Dead Letters #2 (Cover B Ron Wimberly), AR
Garfield #25 (Cover A Gary Barker), $4.99
Garfield #25 (Cover B George Perez), AR
Revelations #5 (Of 6)(Cover A Humberto Ramos), $3.99
Suicide Risk #13 (Cover A Stephanie Hans), $3.99
Woods #1 (Cover A Ramon Perez), $3.99
Woods #1 (Cover B Matthew Woodson), $3.99
Woods #1 (Cover C Paul Duffield), AR
Woods #1 (Cover D Joe Eisma), AR

COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1403, AR

DARK HORSE COMICS
Alley Oop The Complete Sundays Volume 1 1934-1936 HC, $75.00
Angel And Faith Season 10 #2 (Chris Samnee Variant Cover), $3.50
Angel And Faith Season 10 #2 (Scott Fischer Regular Cover), $3.50
Bad Blood #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Conan And The People Of The Black Circle HC, $19.99
Emily And The Strangers Volume 1 HC, $12.99
Fear Agent Volume 2 My War TP (2nd Edition), $16.99
Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight #8 (Of 8), $3.99
Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 AD Archives Volume 3 TP, $19.99
Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #11, $3.99
Murder Mysteries HC (2nd Edition), $19.99
S.H.O.O.T. First TP, $12.99
Star Wars Omnibus Dark Times Volume 2 TP, $24.99
Terminator Salvation The Final Battle #6 (Of 12), $3.99
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Volume 3 TP, $19.99
True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys Limited Edition HC, $79.99
True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys TP, $19.99
Veil #3 (Of 5), $3.50

DC COMICS
All-Star Western Volume 4 Gold Standard TP, $16.99
Aquaman And The Others #2, $2.99
Astro City #12, $3.99
Batman Eternal #5, $2.99
Batman Superman #10 (Jae Lee Combo Pack Cover), $4.99
Batman Superman #10 (Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman Superman #10 (MAD Variant Cover), AR
Batman Volume 3 Death Of The Family TP, $16.99
Batman Volume 4 Zero Year Secret City HC, $24.99
Batwing #31, $2.99
DC Comics Presents Harley Quinn #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $7.99
Detective Comics #31 (Francis Manapul Combo Pack Cover), $4.99
Detective Comics #31 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Detective Comics #31 (Michael Allred Batman ’66 Variant Cover), AR
Earth 2 #23 (Gene Ha Regular Cover), $2.99
Earth 2 #23 (Michael Allred Batman ’66 Variant Cover), AR
Fairest #26, $2.99
Godzilla HC, $19.99
Green Arrow #31, $2.99
Green Lantern #31 (Billy Tan Combo Pack Cover), $3.99
Green Lantern #31 (Billy Tan Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern #31 (Michael Allred Batman ’66 Variant Cover), AR
Green Lantern Corps #31 (Michael Allred Batman ’66 Variant Cover), AR
Harley Quinn #2 (Amanda Conner 3rd Printing Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $2.99
Hinterkind #7, $2.99
Justice League 3000 #6, $2.99
Movement #12 (Final Issue), $2.99
New 52 Futures End #1 (John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson Variant Cover), AR
New 52 Futures End #1 (Ryan Sook Regular Cover), $2.99
Saga Of The Swamp Thing Volume 6 TP, $19.99
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4, $2.99
Swamp Thing #31, $2.99
Teen Titans Annual #3, $4.99
Trinity Of Sin The Phantom Stranger #19, $2.99
Vampire Diaries #5, $3.99
Wake #8 (Of 10), $2.99
Watchmen International Edition TP (New Edition), $19.99
Watchmen TP (New Edition), $19.99
World Of Warcraft Dark Riders TP, $16.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Black Bat #10 (Ardian Syaf Variant Cover), AR
Black Bat #10 (Billy Tan Subscription Cover), $3.99
Black Bat #10 (Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Blank Authentix Variant Cover), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Carlos Rafael Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Charlie Adlard Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Charlie Adlard Variant Cover), AR
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Cover A J. Scott Campbell), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Cover B Tim Seeley), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Cover C Emanuela Lupacchino), $3.99
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Ken Haeser Retailer Shared Variant Cover), AR
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Michael Turner Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Chaos #1 (Of 6)(Michael Turner Variant Cover), AR
Flash Gordon #1 (Marc Laming Black & White Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Lone Ranger #24 (Of 25)(Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Miss Fury #10 (Ardian Syaf Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Miss Fury #10 (Billy Tan Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Miss Fury #10 (Carlos Rafael Risque Variant Cover), AR
Miss Fury #10 (Cover A Billy Tan), $3.99
Miss Fury #10 (Cover B Ardian Syaf), $3.99
Miss Fury #10 (Cover C Colton Worley), $3.99
Miss Fury #10 (Cover D Dennis Calero), $3.99
Red Sonja #8 (Jenny Frison Virgin Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Red Sonja #9 (Cover A Jenny Frison), $3.99
Red Sonja #9 (Cover B Stephanie Hans), $3.99
Red Sonja #9 (Jenny Frison Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Red Sonja #9 (Stephanie Buscema Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Red Sonja #9 (Stephanie Hans Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #8 (Matt Wagner Black & White Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Chris Samnee Black & White Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Ardian Syaf Variant Cover), AR
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Bart Sears Regular Cover), $3.99
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Jae Lee Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Ken Haeser L’il Turok Variant Cover), AR
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Ken Haeser Variant Cover)(Greg Pak Signed Edition), AR
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 (Takeshi Miyazawa Variant Cover), AR
Vampirella Southern Gothic TP, $19.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #32 (Legends Of The Dark Knight #64), $20.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #57 (Atrocitus Black Bishop), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #6 (Captain America White King), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #7 (Red Skull Black King), $16.00

IDW PUBLISHING
Amelia Cole And The Hidden War GN, $19.99
Black Dynamite #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Eric Battle), $3.99
Black Dynamite #2 (Of 4)(Cover SUB Tom Scioli), $3.99
Crow Pestilence #3 (Of 4)(Cover A James O’Barr), $3.99
Crow Pestilence #3 (Of 4)(Cover SUB John Lucas), $3.99
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero Volume 9 TP, $19.99
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke And Key Artist’s Edition Portfolio, AR
Illegitimates #5 (Of 6)(Cover A Kevin Sharpe), $3.99
Illegitimates #5 (Of 6)(Cover SUB Jerry Ordway), $3.99
In The Dark A Horror Anthology HC, $49.99
Jinnrise #10 (Cover A Eduardo Ramirez Viera), $3.99
Jinnrise #10 (Cover RI Sajad Shah), AR
Maxx Maxximized #7 (Cover A Sam Kieth), $3.99
Maxx Maxximized #7 (Cover SUB Sam Kieth), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Volume 4 TP, $17.99
Other Dead HC, $24.99
Powerpuff Girls #9 (Cover A Troy Little), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls #9 (Cover SUB Matt Kaufenberg), $3.99
Rocky And Bullwinkle #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Roger Langridge), $3.99
Rocky And Bullwinkle #3 (Of 4)(Cover SUB Matt Kaufenberg), $3.99
Sinister Dexter #6 (Of 7)(Cover A Antonio Fuso), $3.99
Sinister Dexter #6 (Of 7)(Cover SUB David Millgate), $3.99
Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4 TP, $19.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Volume 2 #7 (Cover A Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Volume 2 TP, $17.99

IMAGE COMICS
68 Rule Of War #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Nat Jones & Jay Fotos), $3.99
68 Rule Of War #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Jeff Zornow & Jay Fotos), $3.99
Alex + Ada #6, $2.99
Aphrodite IX #10 (Cover A Stjepan Sejic), $2.99
Aphrodite IX #10 (Cover B Linda Sejic), $2.99
Apocalypse Al #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Sid Kotian & Bill Farmer), $2.99
Apocalypse Al #4 (Of 4)(Cover B Ariel Olivetti)(not verified by Diamond), $2.99
Burn The Orphanage Reign Of Terror #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Sina Grace & Shaun Steven Struble), $3.50
Burn The Orphanage Reign Of Terror #1 (Of 5)(Cover B Andy Belanger), $3.50
Burn The Orphanage Volume 1 Born To Lose TP, $12.99
Clone #16, $2.99
Cyber Force #9, $2.99
Fatale #22, $3.50
I Kill Giants Fifth Anniversary Edition TP, $19.99
Invincible Universe Volume 2 TP, $16.99
Madame Frankenstein #1 (Of 7)(Cover A Joelle Jones & Nick Filardi), $2.99
Madame Frankenstein #1 (Of 7)(Cover B Christopher Mitten), $2.99
Nailbiter #1 (Cover A Mike Henderson), $2.99
Nailbiter #1 (Phantom Variant Cover), AR
Rat Queens #6 (Cover A Roc Upchurch), $3.50
Rat Queens #6 (Cover B Roc Upchurch), AR
Real Heroes #2 (Cover A Bryan Hitch), $3.99
Real Heroes #2 (Cover B Gibbons), $3.99
Real Heroes #2 (Cover C Jock), $3.99
Revenge #3 (Of 4), $2.99
Revival #20, $2.99
Satellite Sam #8, $3.50
Satellite Sam Tijuana Bible, AR
Spawn #243, $2.99
Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth Volume 2 TP, $12.99
Walking Dead #115 (Charlie Adlard Midnight Release Party Variant Cover)(CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $99.99
Walking Dead #115 (Charlie Adlard NYCC Variant Cover)(CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $149.99

MARVEL COMICS
Age Of Ultron TP, $34.99
All-New Ghost Rider #1 (Tradd Moore 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Factor #7, $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (John Romita Jr. Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man Who Am I #1 (Promotional Item), AR
Annihilation Omnibus HC, $125.00
Black Widow #6, $3.99
Castle Unholy Storm HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Cyclops #1 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $3.99
Cyclops #1 (Greg Land Artist Variant Cover), AR
Cyclops #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Daredevil #1 (Chris Samnee 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99
Deadpool Vs Carnage #3 (Of 4), $3.99
Fire HC, $19.99
Indestructible Hulk Volume 2 Gods And Monster TP, $19.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #2 (J.G. Jones Artist Variant Cover), AR
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #2 (Kaare Andrews Regular Cover), $3.99
Iron Man Fatal Frontier HC, $34.99
Loki Agent Of Asgard #2 (Jenny Frison 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Loki Agent Of Asgard #4, $2.99
Magneto #3 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Magneto #3 (Mark Brooks Artist Variant Cover), AR
Miles Morales The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Brandon Peterson Variant Cover), AR
Miles Morales The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Dave Marquez Regular Cover), $3.99
Miles Morales The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Fiona Staples Variant Cover), AR
Miracleman #5 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $4.99
Miracleman #5 (Alex Ross Variant Cover), AR
Miracleman #5 (Humberto Ramos Variant Cover), AR
Miracleman #5 (Jim Cheung Variant Cover), AR
Moon Knight #3 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Moon Knight #3 (Ryan Stegman Variant Cover), AR
New Warriors #4, $3.99
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Art Adams Interlocking Battle Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Blank Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Deadpool Dancing Party Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Deadpool Dancing Party Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Ed McGuinness Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $4.99
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 (Of 8)(Steve McNiven Teaser Variant Cover), AR
Original Sin #1 Skottie Young Lithograph (Promotional Item), AR
Original Sin #1 Watcher Eyeball (Promotional Item), AR
Original Sin July/August Checklist Postcard (Promotional Item), AR
Punisher #5, $3.99
Savage Wolverine #18, $3.99
She-Hulk #4, $2.99
Silver Surfer #1 (Michael Allred 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #1 (CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $99.99
Uncanny X-Men #2 (CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $99.99
Uncanny X-Men Volume 3 The Good The Bad The Inhuman HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
X-Men Days Of Future Past Prose Novel HC, $24.99
X-Men No More Humans HC, $24.99
X-Men The Adamantium Collection HC, $200.00
X-Men Vs Hulk TP, $24.99

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
Archer And Armstrong #20 (Cover A Shawn Crystal), $3.99
Archer And Armstrong #20 (Cover B Michael Walsh), $3.99
Archer And Armstrong #20 (Mico Suayan Variant Cover), AR
Shadowman Volume 4 Fear Blood And Shadows TP, $14.99

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
B.A.R. Maid #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Ivan Nunes), $3.50
B.A.R. Maid #5 (Of 5)(Cover B Pasquale Qualano), $3.50
B.A.R. Maid #5 (Of 5)(Cover C Franchesco), $3.50
Grimm Fairy Tales #97 (Cover A Renato Rei), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales #97 (Cover B Giuseppe Cafaro), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales #97 (Cover C Ale Garza), $2.99

Games – FANTASY FLIGHT PUBLISHING
Star Wars RPG Age Of Rebellion Beginner Game, $29.95

Videos
Atlantis Season 1 DVD, AR
DCU Son Of Batman BD + DVD, AR
DCU Son Of Batman DVD, AR
Eureka Seven Part 1 BD, AR
Eureka Seven Part 1 DVD, AR
Eureka Seven Part 2 BD, AR
Eureka Seven Part 2 DVD, AR
Eureka Seven The Movie BD + DVD, AR
Eureka Seven The Movie DVD, AR
Hidamari Sketch X 365 The Complete 2nd Season BD, AR
Lily C.A.T. DVD, AR
Regular Show Mordecai And Margaret Pack DVD, AR
Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 BD, AR
Scooby-Doo Wrestlemania Mystery BD + DVD, AR
Visitor BD, AR
Visitor DVD, AR

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