And we’ve got ourselves another brand Vertigo series. Coffin Hill, written by Caitlin Kittredge and drawn by Inaki Miranda follows the story of “Eve Coffin, a rebellious, teenage lowlife from a high-society family with a curse that goes back to the Salem Witch trials. Is it good?
Coffin Hill #1 (Vertigo Comics)
Officer Eve Coffin is returning back to her apartment after breaking open a gigantic case and is shot in the end by her roommate’s lover/dealer or something. As she is brought in to the emergency room, we flashback 10 years earlier to a party, two days before Halloween. She and friends head out into woods of Coffin Hill to perform a little ritual.
Of course, she first has to crash her mother’s party. Always have your priorities straight kids.
This was a good start to this series. We establish the main character and her personality right off the bat but also get some backstory as well. Eve Coffin isn’t the most likeable of all characters, but she certainly is one that you’ll be fascinated in watching. Admittedly, we don’t have much of a story or cast so far, since all characters were from a flashback or her life as a cop, which is over now at the end of the comic. As for the story, it hasn’t really begun since we’ve been given no idea what the series’ focus will be about. Sure, we got plot elements and mysteries being built (which are all good), but no central story for them to be attached to.
Despite that, again, this is a good comic. I found it very engaging, with the buildup and payoff with the scene in the forest being a good example; there’s also well written dialogue and interactions between the characters, and a mythos set up that provides a lot of story possibilities. It also has good pacing as the story moves throughout and it never got boring or slow once.
I love how it looks like he has to process that information for a bit before answering her.
The artwork here is very beautiful. The characters all look great and had a wide range of expressions and emotions, which helps them all feel unique. The environments and backgrounds are lively, detailed, and very eerie at points. I personally love the atmospheric coloring and inking towards the end, which really gets you into the mood of the tale.
My only problem is that some of the panel layouts are weird or off, like the writer forgot to put something in there. For instance, look at the picture I posted above with the guy who looks dumbfounded. It seriously feels like dialogue should be there. Another weird moment happens on the previous page where the characters greet Eve as she comes up, but the next panel makes it look like they haven’t even noticed here. It’s bizarre and threw me off a bit.
Here’s a helpful hint to figure out what she is looking forward.
- Well-written main character.
- Lots of potential with mythos and the mysteries.
- Very impressive artwork.
- No central story or cast yet.
- Some of the panels and layouts feel lacking.
Is It Good?
Coffin Hill showed a lot of promise with its first issue and delivered for the most part. While the main storyline hasn’t really started, we have well developed character and mysterious backdrop all setup that should be enough to keep you interested. Add in some great looking art that really nails a creepy vibe and Vertigo has another on their hands.
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