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  • Written By: Caitlin Kittredge
  • Art By: Inaki Miranda
  • Cover Artists: Dave Johnson
  • Price: 2.99
  • Published By: Vertigo Comics
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Comic Review: Coffin Hill #1

Intertwining time periods

By Joel Rickenbach     October 31, 2013
Source: Mania.com


Coffin Hill #1
© DC Comics/ Vertigo
Eve Coffin is a rich kid from a well respected family, but she’d rather be listening to Bauhaus, wearing masks and smoking with her equally Goth friends. When her parents throw a high society ball at the Coffin estate she takes the opportunity to play the enfant terrible in grand fashion. After that little dalliance, she absconds to the woods with a stolen book of magic to perform rituals with her friends, just like any decadent joy divided teen would. The ritual performed finds Eve waking in the morning, covered in blood, and unsure what transpired in the night. A decade later, Eve is a Boston cop who cracks a prominent serial killer case, but is shot during a domestic dispute later that same day. After her recovery, she returns to the Coffin Hill estate for some dark and unfinished business.
 
Coffin Hill’s success will hinge on how writer Caitlin Kittredge can reconcile her intertwining time periods. Teenage Eve and Cop Eve are both intriguing, but how one becomes the other seems like a bit of a stretch after the first issue. It’s not that it isn’t possible, but it will require some good storytelling to make it believable. I know a few High School misfits who went on to become cops, but none of them were a suspect in a  ritualistic sacrifice, and/or disappearance… as far as I know.
 
Despite the book’s future tasks, what we are presented with in the first issue is very engaging thanks to Kittredge’s interesting ideas and Inaki Miranda’s great art. The ritual scene ends in a truly chilling fashion, and pulls off a few very memorable panels. Special notice should also go to Eva de la Cruz for her fantastic colors, they give the book a mood and style that compliments the proceedings in the best possible way. If you like rebellious teens, haunted adults, family mysteries and dark magic, Coffin Hill delivers.

 

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