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Coffin Hill #1 - Forest of the Night Review

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Eve Coffin has a bloody, reckless past, but her future might be even more dangerous.

The Good

COFFIN HILL couldn't have picked a better month to debut. October is just the right time to kick off a witchcraft-laced suspense story that opens with the protagonist immediately getting shot. From there, things just get creepier -- flashbacks to Eve Coffin's past show us that we're not just dealing with your average cop story, horror story, anything story. COFFIN HILL is a melange of suspense, revenge, supernatural horror, and good, old-fashioned family drama.

If you open the issue to the exact center (where the staples show), you'll be treated to a gorgeous splash page involving Eve jumping into a mausoleum amidst a flock of upset ravens. It's a stand-out page in a well-illustrated issue (though the blood-soaked scene a few pages later may give it a run for its money!), and it's appropriately dark, dynamic, and interesting -- definitely a tone-setter for the series.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this new series is the shroud of mystery around its protagonist. She's instantly exciting because of her spooky legacy and blue-blood roots, but there's more to Eve Coffin than family history. She's alternately portrayed as a lucky rookie cop with a solid first catch, a "devil-worshipping pillhead," and someone who crossed conduct lines during an investigation -- any of these would beg for more exposition, but together, they make for a character that one can't not be curious about.

The Bad

One scene in particular (the ritual in the woods in 2003) comes to an abrupt ending, and its outcome is only clear if you look closely at the shattered flashback panels in Eve's hospital scene or read the Vertigo solicit for the issue. (In case you didn't catch it on first pass, the friend whose scream closes out the scene ends up in a mental institution, while the other girl is missing, and Eve has amnesia.) I'm sure more details will be revealed in time, but it seems like a lot of assumptions were packed into those panels.

The Verdict

COFFIN HILL reads like a horror-themed young-adult novel, in the best way possible. It's decadent and reckless at the same time, it has a supernatural edge, and Eve Coffin is a thrilling vehicle for escapism if you ever got really into R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike (or whatever you kids are reading these days). There's some suspension of disbelief required, whether it's the supernatural elements, the high-society backdrop, or the fact that someone let Eve Coffin onto the police force with a past like that, but it's all in good fun, and it makes for a thoroughly engaging first issue.

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Posted by kilomac29

I picked this up based on the previews I saw in other books. The art looked amazing. I wasn't sure about the story based on the preview but that was just a small piece. Really enjoyed it.

Edited by BR_Havoc

Sounds like this could be a fun book to check out. I am game for the first storyline. Nice review!

Posted by G-Man

I liked this. I'm definitely on board to find out what happens next.

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Posted by thaalsinestro

I picked this up yesterday and was pretty surprised by it, seems pretty cool...looking forward to more.

Edited by akbogert

"October is just the right time to kick off a witchcraft-laced suspense story that opens with the protagonist immediately getting shot."

Hahaha. If this line doesn't hook people, I don't know what will.

(Oh, I REALLY liked the shattered/bullethole page. That was a fantastic idea)

Posted by Cyborg6971

This sucks. I have to wait for another week to grab this and my pulls from last month. Can't wait to read it.

Man I hate living in the middle of nowhere.

Edited by lifeboy

I hope this is available in my comic store. They often don't carry anything that is not dc marvel.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Gonna pick it up. Vertigo is always quality.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@akbogert said:

"October is just the right time to kick off a witchcraft-laced suspense story that opens with the protagonist immediately getting shot."

Hahaha. If this line doesn't hook people, I don't know what will.

(Oh, I REALLY liked the shattered/bullethole page. That was a fantastic idea)

dude This month is filled with witch related things in my life. I'm reading Scrlet letter, watching American Horror Story which is about witches now, and this book .

Posted by Vaeternus

Very cool, love the darkness, grittyness of it.

Edited by Perfect 10

love all the new magic comics and tv shows. tis the season of the witch! we rule!

the art is gorgeous and it has a very compelling story. a lot of my big two books have been cancelled this year and they are all being replaced by these indie books: brain boy, rat queens, now coffin and eventually pretty deadly. unlike the big two great art and story telling dont have to be seperate

Posted by sheldipez

This was much better than the preview hinted at - that preview really was the worst few pages to show - will check out #2.

Posted by lifeboy

The begining, and middle were so-so but the ending makes me think that the best stuff is coming. Its what might be refered to a 'slow burn'. (Hope that's not a sex metaphor) :)