REVIEW: ‘Coffin Bound,’ Volume 1 Trade Paperback

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Coffin Bound cover

Coffin Bound Vol. 1 is published by Image Comics. It is written by Dan Watters and is illustrated by Dani. It is colored by Brad Simpson and lettered by Aditya Bidikar. In Coffin Bound Vol. 1, a woman named Izzy wakes up at home where a talking vulture skeleton inside a cage atop a body is waiting, so it can follow her because apparently someone wants her dead. Her home is soon shot up by men that inform her that something/someone unstoppable named the Eartheater is on its way to kill her. The hit men work for a man named Paulie Starlight, who fancies himself a poet while being the proprietor of a strip club where the women literally strip their skin off. Having been informed of her fate, she decides to right some wrongs, before she’s “expunged” from earth. One of those things she wants to right is returning a former lover’s eyes to him after they were taken by a group called the Imperfects. The Imperfects take the body parts of others and add them to their own bodies.  Armed with her gun, Izzy sets off on her mission with the vulture by her side.

Dan Watters is telling a wild and weird story in Coffin Bound Vol.1. A lot of people might be thinking “what the heck,” as they are reading it, admittedly I was. But if you put attention to the dialogue you realize that Izzy only has a set amount of time to live and who in their right mind wouldn’t want to correct some things they regret in their past. The dialogue might be a bit difficult to get through, especially when Paulie Starlight talks, but it’s worth going back and re-reading because this is a series that is more than just the dialogue.

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I very much enjoy Dani’s artwork for this series. I personally like the way she draws detailed and cluttered interiors. There is an example of this at the beginning of the series and then later in Cassandra’s (who is Izzy’s former lover) house. I especially like the way page 45 is set up. It’s the movement from panel to panel, which begins with a dirty plate in panel one, then shows the staircase in panel two followed by panel three with Taqa (Cassandra’s sister) sleeping; by panel five, (the larget panel on the page) we are shown Izzy and Cassandra making love and talking; and finally, on panel six we only see Izzy’s eyelashes, eyebrows, her piercing and strands of her hair. It is a well done methodical movement from one panel to the next.

Dani’s art makes the world of Coffin Bound appear dirty and grimy. Brad Simpson’s colors add to that same filthy look of the world, especially in the scenes that take place in Cassandra’s town. Additionally, Simpson’s color choices make the desert scenes  appear dry and arid. Bidikar made an interesting choice with the word balloons, and I like the way it looks. Also, great choice to use strange word balloons for the vulture and Eartheater, which indicates to me as a reader, that they are something more supernatural in this already bizarre world.

Overall, Coffin Bound Vol. 1 is a surreal story that I enjoyed reading. This peculiar tale about Izzy and her world has me thinking more about the deeper meaning of the story. Not only that, but it had some good action as well. That along with the look of the world and characters make it worth a read if you want to explore something outside of the superhero genre.

Coffin Bound Vol. 1 is available where comics are sold.

 

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TL;DR

Overall, Coffin Bound Vol. 1 is a surreal story that I enjoyed reading. This peculiar tale about Izzy and her world has me thinking more about the deeper meaning of the story. Not only that, but it had some good action as well. That along with the look of the world and characters make it worth a read if you want to explore something outside of the superhero genre.