COFFIN HILL VOL. 1: FOREST OF THE NIGHT (Vertigo/ DC, 2014; Softcover)
Collects Coffin Hill Nos. 1-7 (cover dates December, 2013- June, 2014)
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artists: Inaki Miranda with Stephen Sadowski and Mark Farmer
Colorist: Eva De La Cruz
While I have essentially written off most modern day Marvel and DC Comics, I cannot write off modern comics as a whole. Comics must live, lest this artform become an exercise in nostalgia, something I am not yet prepared to do. Truth be told there are plenty of intelligently written, sophisticated comic books being made today...just not many well written superhero comics.
Coffin Hill is one of those old-fashioned New England witch stories rooted in modern times and told with a modern storytelling sensibility. There is an ancient evil in the woods brought over from “the old world”, and it has poisoned the lives of everything and everyone in the town. A fun read this is not. What it is is a well written and highly polished concept. While I admittedly miss pen, brush, and bristol board using artists there is no denying what Photoshop can do for artwork. This is some slick artwork and coloring.
Solid, entertaining stuff. I am intrigued enough to buy Volume 2 whenever it comes out.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.25 out of 5.
The OCD zone- The MSRP on this book is $9.99. You can't lose!
DVD-style Extras included in this book: #1 variant cover by Gene Ha. (1 page)
Promo images by Inaki Miranda. (2 pages)
Character design sketches. (6 pages)
Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Fair weight glossy coated stock.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. Nice thick waxlike lamination.