Eve uncovers new clues as the kidnappings begin to rise in Coffin Hill #3!
The last release of Coffin Hill ended with Eve using her abilities to unravel more behind the mysterious kidnappings in the forest. Where the last issue was more focused on displaying the array of Eve’s gifts, this issue is concentrated on not only pushing the storytelling forward but also shedding light on the past. Caitlin Kittredge started the series with two formulaic releases that appeared similar in direction and writing. She breaks through that rhythm in Coffin Hill #3 by expanding on not only the future of the story, but in the introduction of new and interesting characters.
The last two issues were weakened by the lack of a cast of characters. Now, Coffin Hill feels like a whole story that is building towards something very special. With the backstory developed enough for the reader to understand who these characters are and where they come from, the story can shift into what makes Coffin Hill a unique title on the comic book shelves. Kittredge is improving on her delivery as well as her placement on ending and beginning issues. She is starting to find her place in this story she has crafted, and it reads well.
Inaki Miranda continues to amaze with his artwork. Innovating the styles he had already used in previous issues, Miranda borrows from his older work and shifts them into a new body of art. There are panels that lap over each other in a creative way that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. This issue is very dark, and Miranda uses his direction to create a very grim and foreboding display of horror. Whether it’s merely two characters speaking to one another, or a character plummeting into madness, Miranda is able to draw out both the physical and emotional trauma with every stroke of the brush.
In the issue, Eve’s nickname around town is revealed as the Witch of Coffin Hill. Although we have seen her abilities here and there, we fully do not understand where they come from, how Eve uses them, and the full extent of her powers. It is clear that we will learn more in the near future about Eve, her past, and her gifts, but it’s taking a while to get to that point, and that may turn readers off. The story is progressing in a good way, but the latency of the burning answers we’ve been waiting for since issue one have yet to manifest.
Coffin Hill is shaping up to be a very thought-provoking tale. With inventive and original storytelling and an incredible artist, this series is growing into its own shell, and bloodily breaking out of it to terrify its readers. Coffin Hill #3 excels its previous installment and if the same amount of momentum and attention to detail is displayed in future releases, the series will become a must-buy.