Saturday Issue Review: Coffin Hill Vol.1 Forest of the Night

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The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

Coffin HillSource: Vertigo/Netgalley – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Vertigo
Series: Coffin Hill #1-7
Edition: eARC, 168 Pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 2/5

Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward-and one knows that Eve is responsible.

Years later, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge.

Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, COFFIN HILL explores what people will do for power and retribution. Noted novelist Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series, brings a smart, mesmerizing style to comics. Artist Inaki Miranda (FABLES) brings his dynamic storytelling to COFFIN HILL, following an acclaimed run on FAIREST.

Collects COFFIN HILL #1-7

 

 

 

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I went into Coffin Hill with very few expectations since it’s new to me and I’ve never read anything from this author (did you know she writes YA novels?) however I find that I’m walking away with far less than I’d hoped for.

Coffin Hill has really dynamic art style that stands out and pulls you in and when combined with a story that is dark and strange this should have been a knockout. Honestly I was confused most of the time. I’d find myself getting sucked in and then all of the sudden there would be a random insert of panels that didn’t directly connect to what was happening at that particular moment and some left me wondering if it really happened at all. I did like the story, but the odd placement of ‘flashbacks’ or whatever they were threw me off and I had to re-read a few times to see if I’d missed something.

I never really understood the characters or their motivations either. Eve is a cop…or was until she was shot and now she’s returned to her home town only to find it in a mess. I have SO MANY questions. Why was she’fired/laid off/forcibly retired? She made a full recovery…Why is her eye black (the white of it) and why do only two people seem to notice it? Why does Nate have permanent dark circles under his eyes? I thought it was makeup when he was a teen but it’s still there when he’s an adult. Why is their friendship so crappy and yet somehow worth fighting for? What is the point of arguing if magic exists if literally seconds before something legitimately  magical happens? Why would she choose to be a cop after everything in her past?

I really wanted to like this and I think I would have if the story had been a bit more liner and fleshed out. I’m okay with flashbacks, but I’m honestly not even sure if all the cut away scenes were flashbacks. If I had been able to at least ‘get’ the characters that would have made the random inserts tolerable. At this point I’m not sure I’ll be continuing this series.

2 stars

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3 Responses to Saturday Issue Review: Coffin Hill Vol.1 Forest of the Night

  1. Sorry you didn’t like this one. I understand about being a bit confused, but I really liked it overall. I’m curious to see where it goes at least…

    -lauren

  2. J.C. Henry says:

    I did know that Caitlin Kittredge wrote YA books, but I have only read her adult books, the Black London series and the Nocturne series. I understand being confused, I did some rereads as well. I keep thinking there should be more story or pictures here in places where I was just stuck or lost. But I still want to see how this story pans out. I like the idea or concept of it. So I will continue to read the series.

    This review was written really well and it wasn’t mean. Thank you for posting.

  3. The artwork is what will bring me back for Vol 2.
    I am less generous and will happily call the “questions” for what they seem to be to me: “plot holes”

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