Unburdened By Pain Or Memory: ‘The Crow: Lethe #1’ Review

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
We open on the Mosh Fest Freak Chic Sideshow and its newest star performer: Null Narcos, the man who feels no pain. He is torn to ribbons and hammers nails into his own head, but nothing phases him. Afterwards, we learn that Narcos is a man without memories, but he has snatches of a vision that give him clues to his past life. For now, he enjoys a family in the Freak Chic Sideshow with the likes of Benga Lee and Lady Combustible. However, someone is hunting Null Narcos and this person may be the key to restoring his memories.

The Crow: Lethe #1 cover by Peach Momoko
The Crow: Lethe #1 cover by Peach Momoko

The Crow: Lethe #1 brings us a Crow without a mission. Whereas previous iterations of the Crow have awoken from death with a singular drive to take vengeance, Null Narcos has no recollection of his past life and even shies away from his memories of it.
Null Narcos lives up to the Crow tradition of being a counter cultural figure with his status as a circus sideshow to a metal music festival. Funnily enough, he’s also a soft spoken and polite guy who just wants a place to belong for now.
Madame Combustible is a particularly charming figure in the tale. She plays MC in the Freak Chic Sideshow and something of a motherly (if drunken) caretaker for her performers. 
The Crow: Lethe #1 art by Ilias Kyrazis, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Samuel Murray
The Crow: Lethe #1 art by Ilias Kyrazis, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Samuel Murray

Ilias Kyriazis brings a very distinct style to the comic. The style focuses on the harsh angles of the human form while emphasizing the qualities that set each character apart physically–which is appropriate for the circus sideshow cast. The blood and sensuality of it all is also given a spotlight, two staples of any Crow story. Katrina Mae Hao delivers a strong and contrasting color palette, giving the book the pop and balance it needs.
The Crow: Lethe #1 is an interesting new beginning for the Crow. Instead of a raging and singularly driven Crow, we have one that is passive and trying to make sure his past is forgotten. While it doesn’t blow me away, it is engaging enough and carries some solid visuals. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.
The Crow: Lethe #1 comes to us from writer Tim Seeley, artist Ilias Kyriazis, color artist Katrina Mae Hao, letterer Samuel Murray, cover artist Peach Momoko, and variant cover artists Tim Seeley with Katrina Mae Hao; Tim Seeley; and Ilias Kyriazis.
Final Score: 7/10

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