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Explore the dark and gritty world of the hit video game series, as Geralt and Ciri become embroiled in a brutal story of revenge. In this ruthless world, the past always comes back to haunt you, and nothing is as it seems. Collects issues #1-#5 of the Dark Horse Digital series The Witcher: Curse of Crows.


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Explore the dark and gritty world of the hit video game series, as Geralt and Ciri become embroiled in a brutal story of revenge. In this ruthless world, the past always comes back to haunt you, and nothing is as it seems. Collects issues #1-#5 of the Dark Horse Digital series The Witcher: Curse of Crows.

30 review for Curse of Crows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    Sigh. This one was like a pretty weak fanfic. The story is sort of a sequel for The Witcher short story, where we are introduced to striga. Everything else is a loose improvisation on the bones of Sapkowski's masterpiece. Here's Geralt, here's Ciri and even Yen, and it's not saving this one from boredom. At all. The previous arcs were better. Art is pretty good, but then again all faces look the same, so I don't know, I won't call it entertaining (especially after the mind blowing Scars from Orb Sigh. This one was like a pretty weak fanfic. The story is sort of a sequel for The Witcher short story, where we are introduced to striga. Everything else is a loose improvisation on the bones of Sapkowski's masterpiece. Here's Geralt, here's Ciri and even Yen, and it's not saving this one from boredom. At all. The previous arcs were better. Art is pretty good, but then again all faces look the same, so I don't know, I won't call it entertaining (especially after the mind blowing Scars from Orbital series or Valérian et Laureline l'Intégrale, volume 1 I've read recently). The only cool thing are the covers for issues 1 to 5. 2 stars purely out of sentiment. Yup.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A pretty good stand alone fantasy story about a family of travelling Witchers (people who kill monsters) hunting a striga (big cursed monster). The Good: I didn't have to play the video game to know what was going on. The story worked well on its own. The crow boy was pretty awesome. The Bad: The art was just OK. Nothing to write home about. The Ugly: I didn't like how the crow boy part of the story ended. I would have liked to see something more definitive. Received an advance copy from Dark Horse A pretty good stand alone fantasy story about a family of travelling Witchers (people who kill monsters) hunting a striga (big cursed monster). The Good: I didn't have to play the video game to know what was going on. The story worked well on its own. The crow boy was pretty awesome. The Bad: The art was just OK. Nothing to write home about. The Ugly: I didn't like how the crow boy part of the story ended. I would have liked to see something more definitive. Received an advance copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    More a Witcher 3 videogame tie-in than a comic based on Sapkowski's novels, but this grim tale was another very good one from Dark Horse, infused with all the essence and atmosphere of the setting. Grimdark fantasy at its best and a must read for both fans of novels, games or tv series. More a Witcher 3 videogame tie-in than a comic based on Sapkowski's novels, but this grim tale was another very good one from Dark Horse, infused with all the essence and atmosphere of the setting. Grimdark fantasy at its best and a must read for both fans of novels, games or tv series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    Ahhh, here we go, some real meat. We've got Ciri, we've got Yennifer. Drama and pathos and adventure and backstory, what I was hoping for in the Witcher comics. I'm assuming this takes place after the game, but since I haven't finished it yet (it's a big damn game!), I'm not positive. Ahhh, here we go, some real meat. We've got Ciri, we've got Yennifer. Drama and pathos and adventure and backstory, what I was hoping for in the Witcher comics. I'm assuming this takes place after the game, but since I haven't finished it yet (it's a big damn game!), I'm not positive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I recently read and enjoyed the first book in this series but the local library didn't have the second one so I read Curse of Crows, which is volume three. Geralt has somehow acquired a daughter/sidekick/apprentice named Ciri, who is an interesting character although she does seem to enjoy being naked a lot of the time for no particular reason. There's also a partner/boss/lover (Ciri's mother?) named Yennefer who appears halfway through the book. I needed some explanation of the back story, but I recently read and enjoyed the first book in this series but the local library didn't have the second one so I read Curse of Crows, which is volume three. Geralt has somehow acquired a daughter/sidekick/apprentice named Ciri, who is an interesting character although she does seem to enjoy being naked a lot of the time for no particular reason. There's also a partner/boss/lover (Ciri's mother?) named Yennefer who appears halfway through the book. I needed some explanation of the back story, but despite that it's a pretty well written and illustrated volume. The crow-boy is especially well done.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maedeh (aka Maya)

    Kinda mediocre, all over the place, and unnecessarily prolonged. Just didn't live up to the book series reputation. As for the Striga's story, I can't believe I'm saying this, but Netflix did it better. Kinda mediocre, all over the place, and unnecessarily prolonged. Just didn't live up to the book series reputation. As for the Striga's story, I can't believe I'm saying this, but Netflix did it better.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    The side story in the first issue was the best part of this collection. It had its share of monsters and local flavour, and a good and not entirely predictable twist at the end. The rest was downhill, with a fairly well-trod moral dilemma that had little of its own to add. I've seen Ciri as a small child in the short stories, and now as a young adult. So far my impression of her has been pretty negative in both. Maybe I'll come around on her, we'll see, but it wasn't here. The side story in the first issue was the best part of this collection. It had its share of monsters and local flavour, and a good and not entirely predictable twist at the end. The rest was downhill, with a fairly well-trod moral dilemma that had little of its own to add. I've seen Ciri as a small child in the short stories, and now as a young adult. So far my impression of her has been pretty negative in both. Maybe I'll come around on her, we'll see, but it wasn't here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michal

    Curse of Crows is staggeringly shallow and chaotic story. It borrows a lot from the original tale "Wiedźmin" by Sapkowski, as well it's revolting about creatures created by curse. However, the story lacks dept or gradation to be interesting. Scenes changes too quickly, characters appears without proper introduction to the story so it all feels very superficial (with nude scenes as well). I would consider it a fanfic without knowing otherwise. But to the positive side, the art from Piotr Kowalski Curse of Crows is staggeringly shallow and chaotic story. It borrows a lot from the original tale "Wiedźmin" by Sapkowski, as well it's revolting about creatures created by curse. However, the story lacks dept or gradation to be interesting. Scenes changes too quickly, characters appears without proper introduction to the story so it all feels very superficial (with nude scenes as well). I would consider it a fanfic without knowing otherwise. But to the positive side, the art from Piotr Kowalski is beautiful and very nice to look at and the Czech translation is very professional and pleasant to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sans

    I feel like a whole lot of nothing happened. Maybe I was just too tired?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashes

    This one adapts the striga story from the books (in flashbacks) and tells a new one about yet another hunt - this time with Geralt, Yen and Ciri. It's an upgrade from Fox Children for sure! This one adapts the striga story from the books (in flashbacks) and tells a new one about yet another hunt - this time with Geralt, Yen and Ciri. It's an upgrade from Fox Children for sure!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timur

    This really felt like playing a side quest in the witcher 3! But it was ridiculous how often they visited bathing houses...just that we could see their rounds in all shapes and angles.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    There seems to be a lot of background story (which I totally missed), regarding the witcher family. Graphics were alright nothing to get very excited about. I like the story, it is really the soul of the book. There seems to be a lot of background story (which I totally missed), regarding the witcher family. Graphics were alright nothing to get very excited about. I like the story, it is really the soul of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

    This story is a Witcher classic. I mean that in a few ways, and none of them very good. I read Curse Of Crows as part of The Witcher Omnibus . Curse Of Crows is dark and mature in both tone and art, as per usual with stories from the Continent. It is also a story we have seen many times before. Here, again, we see the now renowned story of the King of Temeria - Foltest, and his incestuous relationship with his sister Adda. And Geralt; being hired to deal with the Striga that was borne of their c This story is a Witcher classic. I mean that in a few ways, and none of them very good. I read Curse Of Crows as part of The Witcher Omnibus . Curse Of Crows is dark and mature in both tone and art, as per usual with stories from the Continent. It is also a story we have seen many times before. Here, again, we see the now renowned story of the King of Temeria - Foltest, and his incestuous relationship with his sister Adda. And Geralt; being hired to deal with the Striga that was borne of their cursed coupling. This is not the main arc of this graphic novel, but it is leant on heavily as a backdrop and as a reference point. And of course I know why it was used; because people are familiar with it, but as someone who has read the prose version and played the first game many times over within the last decade AND who has now watched the Nextflix show - this story is getting old. We didn't need a fourth rendition of this story in graphic novel format. That is, of course, just my opinion. Maybe for those who are less familiar with the story will appreciate the reference slightly more. But me? I'm over it. As for the main plot found here, I felt it rather hollow. Using flashbacks to better stories and the excessive nudity of adult Ciri felt like the easiest (or laziest) way to please those who have only played the most recent video game. There was also, somehow, a remarkable lack of swordplay or actually "Witchering". Ciri punched some men, Yen did some teleportation, Geralt did some reminiscing and they all took plenty of baths. It screams of fan-service, tick boxes and a very surface level understanding/appreciation of the characters. Overview: • Story: 1/5     - Lazy and uninspired. • Art: 3/5     - The art quality took only a slight dip in quality from the others in the Omnibus. • Colour: 2/5     - Standard. Nothing special or standout-ish. Overall... 2 stars This was, by far, the weakest graphic novel in the collection and I was disappointed that this was how the first omnibus came to an end. _________________ Thank you for reading my review. I'm not yet sure if I'll read any more Witcher graphic novels, but I feel more open to trying others if they are of a higher quality. If anyone has any recommendations for graphic novels to try, let me know! I hope you're all doing well and enjoying your current reads!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    “What I want is what you got wrapped up inside you. What I want is your story. Your mother, the shadow you met with, the crow —- they’re pieces of something.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Same writer but an odd shift in tone and aesthetics. Geralt is even more laconic than usual, and out of nowhere (for the comics anyway) Ciri is now a full-fledged Witcher rising alongside Our Hero. The narrative kind of jumps around in time and place, the better bits being when Geralt was dealing with a Striga in a haunted castle, which I believe was taken from Sapkowski’s Last Wish. The Crow Boy, Elid, was a bit of a nuisance, and the ghoulish story of The Monster a nice change of pace from Witc Same writer but an odd shift in tone and aesthetics. Geralt is even more laconic than usual, and out of nowhere (for the comics anyway) Ciri is now a full-fledged Witcher rising alongside Our Hero. The narrative kind of jumps around in time and place, the better bits being when Geralt was dealing with a Striga in a haunted castle, which I believe was taken from Sapkowski’s Last Wish. The Crow Boy, Elid, was a bit of a nuisance, and the ghoulish story of The Monster a nice change of pace from Witcher stories’ typical trope of sympathetic supernatural creatures. (view spoiler)[ Oh yeah, it was nice to finally have Yennefer show up in one of these, and to see her and Geralt’s on-again, off-again relationship depicted in an entertaining and (as far as the novel source material) accurate way. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This was not the best and if you know nothing about The Witcher, this volume is confusing. For some reason this one has a lot of references from either the books, games, or show that if you haven't even see or read or played one, I kid you not this volume will confuse you with how many new people, important people are involved. Story line wise, this wasn't my favorite as it depended heavily on the reader knowing of Ciri and Yennifer, and what they mean to Geralt but it just also never came togethe This was not the best and if you know nothing about The Witcher, this volume is confusing. For some reason this one has a lot of references from either the books, games, or show that if you haven't even see or read or played one, I kid you not this volume will confuse you with how many new people, important people are involved. Story line wise, this wasn't my favorite as it depended heavily on the reader knowing of Ciri and Yennifer, and what they mean to Geralt but it just also never came together. It felt like there was something missing and I have no idea as to where it went bland and I just finished reading it. It was a bit awkward and stilted for me so maybe I need to be more versed in The Witcher Universe to be able to really enjoy this one?

  17. 5 out of 5

    সাদমান হুসাইন

    It's almost expected from the Witcher series to have an absurdly beautiful storyline, ending on a high note of melancholy and want for more Witcher stuff. The writer and the game makers have taken the franchise to an unbelievable height, and they keep on surpassing the bar with every move. This comic series was no exception. Absolutely amazing. Loved every panel, every page, every chapter of it. Would have rated 10 out of 5 stars if Goodreads allowed me to. It's almost expected from the Witcher series to have an absurdly beautiful storyline, ending on a high note of melancholy and want for more Witcher stuff. The writer and the game makers have taken the franchise to an unbelievable height, and they keep on surpassing the bar with every move. This comic series was no exception. Absolutely amazing. Loved every panel, every page, every chapter of it. Would have rated 10 out of 5 stars if Goodreads allowed me to.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    Meh. As much as I love the dark fantasy that surrounds the Witcher series, I apparently am doomed to find it mostly mediocre in execution. I've tried the games, now the graphic novels...and both are basically the same shade of grey for me. I suppose I'll try the books out and see how that goes. I think at the end of the day I just find the characters and their choices to be kind of bland. Meh. As much as I love the dark fantasy that surrounds the Witcher series, I apparently am doomed to find it mostly mediocre in execution. I've tried the games, now the graphic novels...and both are basically the same shade of grey for me. I suppose I'll try the books out and see how that goes. I think at the end of the day I just find the characters and their choices to be kind of bland.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    This volume felt muddled and lacking. The art seemed a step down, and the overall arc was roughly paced. Volume two is the standout of this series, while this was unimpressive. It will be interesting to see the next volume with a different writer and artist attached.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bobzen

    Feels like a step back from Fox Children, but it's hard to determine what exactly went wrong here. It's like Paul Tobin tried to service both the fans of the original series of novels AND the video games, while forgetting about writing a comic book that would stand on its own. There are references everywhere to events seen or read in other works, but either they are not explained well enough or spoon-fed to the reader through awkward expository dialogue - there is no middle ground. The plot itse Feels like a step back from Fox Children, but it's hard to determine what exactly went wrong here. It's like Paul Tobin tried to service both the fans of the original series of novels AND the video games, while forgetting about writing a comic book that would stand on its own. There are references everywhere to events seen or read in other works, but either they are not explained well enough or spoon-fed to the reader through awkward expository dialogue - there is no middle ground. The plot itself comes off as an amalgamation of a short story from Sapkowski and the cinematics from the Wild Hunt video game, which might have worked on paper but comes off as a fairly mixed bag in its actuality. It's not bad by any means, or at least it's certainly better than House of Glass was, the first volume of the Dark Horse comic series, but don't expect anything more than a serviceable dark fantasy romp.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ilkhom Turgunboyev

    It was good. It's not bad by any means. There are a lot of flashbacks in this book, where we find out more about the characters before they took their current paths, which was helpful in understanding these tough choices they're now forced to make. I think there's more action in this book than the last one, which is somewhat welcome and somewhat disappointing at the same time. Something about this series is that despite the fantastical elements and allusion to "witchery", it feels like a grounded It was good. It's not bad by any means. There are a lot of flashbacks in this book, where we find out more about the characters before they took their current paths, which was helpful in understanding these tough choices they're now forced to make. I think there's more action in this book than the last one, which is somewhat welcome and somewhat disappointing at the same time. Something about this series is that despite the fantastical elements and allusion to "witchery", it feels like a grounded fantasy series most of the time. Geralt seems like a real person, after all, he's been through and his decisions always feel very humanly realistic to me. This can be great at times but when you're looking for some excitement from some amazing fights etc., it can be somewhat disappointing. In general, it's not bad at all.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Okay! The Ciri parts are great.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrine Austin

    Excellent story, nicely accomplished artwork, love the lore of The Witcher realm. Can't wait for Volume 4! Excellent story, nicely accomplished artwork, love the lore of The Witcher realm. Can't wait for Volume 4!

  24. 4 out of 5

    CB Buffington

    This was good! Very fun retelling of the first short story in The Last Wish with an honest to goodness sequel. After reading the Sword of Destiny and seeing Ciri all grown up, it’s really fantastic to watch her be a well-deserved badass. This one has a talking crow, a couple of monsters, and some good ol’ fashioned moral lessons. Plus, the art is FABULOUS!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Max Taylor

    GOOD Although it’s messy, it’s probably the most or second most enjoyable of the bunch. Ciri is a welcome inclusion, as is Yennefer. Got some actual comments on the sexism on the world, which was good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I love to see a story featuring all three of my fav Witcher characters! Love Yen and Geralts protective nature and Ciri’s headstrong portrayal. A little sad there weren’t any more saucy Yen & Geralt scenes but still really enjoyed the story line of greed and darkness

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Blum

    Dark Horse's Witcher comics are more or less all so-so adventures that usually revolve around a curse, tend to meander a bit in the middle and usually have a big twist in the final chapter that quickly resolves everything. This one is no different, but I enjoyed Curse of Crows more than House of Glass and Fox Children, mainly because it features both Ciri and Yennefer and isn't just Geralt travelling around with random dwarves or elves. The plot has the Witchers tasked with eliminating a Striga Dark Horse's Witcher comics are more or less all so-so adventures that usually revolve around a curse, tend to meander a bit in the middle and usually have a big twist in the final chapter that quickly resolves everything. This one is no different, but I enjoyed Curse of Crows more than House of Glass and Fox Children, mainly because it features both Ciri and Yennefer and isn't just Geralt travelling around with random dwarves or elves. The plot has the Witchers tasked with eliminating a Striga that's harassing a local community, a task eerily similar to the very first Witcher short story of Geralt vs. the Striga named Adda, which gets retold in flashback. Along the way, a boy who can transform into a crow makes several appearances, and of course there's a dark mystery behind the Striga and things aren't quite what they appear. The story is more or less what you might find as a side quest in The Witcher 3, but that's fine. The writing is better than the first two comics and while the main plot still drags a tad, at least it drags in an entertaining way - there are many fun moments with Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer merely living their lives, hunting monsters, interacting with trolls, playing Gwent or getting involved in squabbles that amount to nostalgic fan service for anyone who played the games or read the books. All in all, a good, if inessential, tale in the lives of our favorite Witcher family.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Atsu

    THIS. This is everything I wanted from a post-Witcher 3 story, everything, minus a bit too much gratuitous titties, but oh well (view spoiler)[I got to see Geralt in a thong, so they're forgiven (hide spoiler)] . It's the equivalent of domestic fluff in the Witcherverse: Ciri and Geralt doing witcher jobs on their way to Novigrad, drinking ale in dingy taverns, Ciri kicking so many trashy men's asses, and a lot of family banter with a pinch of family drama. Warms my bitter little heart to see them THIS. This is everything I wanted from a post-Witcher 3 story, everything, minus a bit too much gratuitous titties, but oh well (view spoiler)[I got to see Geralt in a thong, so they're forgiven (hide spoiler)] . It's the equivalent of domestic fluff in the Witcherverse: Ciri and Geralt doing witcher jobs on their way to Novigrad, drinking ale in dingy taverns, Ciri kicking so many trashy men's asses, and a lot of family banter with a pinch of family drama. Warms my bitter little heart to see them together. Cherry on top: the plot was really interesting, a good ol' curse with a nice twist. Sometimes you just want to read about one of your favorite fictional families without a big, bad villain (view spoiler)[from another dimension (hide spoiler)] in the background, you know?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    Its alright. Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer vs Strygias and taking place in Novigrad. Showing the effect of curses and how they come to be and focusing on crows and shapeshifters, love and loss and the fate that befells the monster slain by Geralt's sword. It has sweet Ciri and Geralt moments but not that good a read tbh. Its alright. Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer vs Strygias and taking place in Novigrad. Showing the effect of curses and how they come to be and focusing on crows and shapeshifters, love and loss and the fate that befells the monster slain by Geralt's sword. It has sweet Ciri and Geralt moments but not that good a read tbh.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Romana Gruber

    With an Artsyle recognisable with the games the best of the comics in my opinion. also with Yennefer and Ciri to interact with Geralt is at his best. Fun to read, gives a good look into the characters!

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