Without a doubt, we’re getting some of the best horror stories in comics today thanks in part to great new series like The Silver Coin. The series is completely drawn by Michael Walsh with each issue featuring one of the leading writers in comics (or in some cases, written by Walsh, too). This week, James Tynion IV — who needs no introduction — joins Walsh for a delicious adventure in gore and diner life.
That’s right, The Silver Coin #11 out this week is all about a cursed coin ending up in a diner. If you’re not familiar with this series, each story is tied to a cursed coin that somehow ends up in someone’s possession who at first thinks they have great luck. Soon though, the coin does its work and something truly terrible happens.
In The Silver Coin #11, an old woman who owns a diner is a bit unhappy with how few patrons she gets. Soon after lamenting this, a man leaves a tip and a familiar coin from the series is in the mix. As is the custom in this series, she wishes for people to be in the restaurant the next day and be hungry. Be careful what you wish for.
For the rest of the issue, things go from seemingly good, to bad, to far worse. Walsh draws a hell of a good close-up of teeth gnashing at food. It’s equal parts gross, gluttonous, and frightening. It’s not dissimilar from the horror of zombies on some scale as the people keep eating and never stop. Then there’s the chef, who goes through a personal hell of his own. I won’t spoil it, but things do truly get to another level of horror you might not expect.
Something that is quite cool about this issue, and the series as a whole, is how Walsh colors and letters the book as well. You can tell doing all aspects gives the book a life all its own apart from other titles. From the color palette that’s a bit grim to the hand-drawn letters, there’s a lot of care and consideration for every visual choice. Co-color artist Toni Marie Griffin also contributes and it’s spot-on consistent and moody in its own way throughout.
Most of the stories in this series are one-shots, making it an easy story to dive into no matter the issue. It does limit things a bit though, making the overall package a little limited. This story in particular is masterfully told but it’s also pretty straightforward. The video game issue was a little more fantastical and took some bigger swings, for instance. It doesn’t make this issue bad by any means, just different and simpler.
The Silver Coin #11 is another example of how this series will go down as one of the greatest runs in American horror comics. It’s consistently good, with each issue offering a different done-in-one story that truly horrifies in its own way. I dare you to read this book and not look at diners differently from now on!
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