Image Comics Review: Coffin Bound #5

Coffin Bound #5

Review: Coffin Bound #5

Coffin Bound #5

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Dan Watters

Artist: Dani

Colorist: Brad Simpson

Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

 

Reviewer: Tony Farina

Summary

TAQA found solace in God-and that God lives in a syringe. With the city about to ban the holy narcotic, she vows to prove the existence of the divine, setting her on a path straight to the murderous EARTHEATER’s door.

Positives

Coffin Bound #5 gives some agency to Taqa, who, frankly, had none in the first arc. Yes, she makes some choices once she worked for Paulie, but she didn’t want to be there. Yes, she drives the plot in that first run, but again, she was dragged along, not standing on her own feet, running toward the action. In this run, she absolutely is doing just that. It is refreshing for sure. I really like her and I worry about her. It seems like she and Doll have developed an even stronger relationship than they did before, but like any surrogate parent, there is only so much she can do. It makes the world feel even more real and lived in.

Dani is simply showing off with this new arc. I can’t even understand what it is she does that makes this world so creepy and prefect. I mean, Watters has made some truly monstrous baddies and Dani just makes them nightmarish. Of course, like any good story, the humans are always worse than the monsters and the way she draws humanity is bone chilling. Take a look.

Coffin Bound #5

Negatives

Coffin Bound #5 once again puts Taqa in terrible danger. Yes, this world is horrific and really, everyone is in danger, but after everything that she has gone through already, I am not thrilled to see what comes next, but I also can’t look away. It is the only problem I had with the first arc and I have the problem once again. It might help If we actually knew how old she actually is, but in my mind, she if far too young for all of this. I know that is the commentary and I know I said positive things about this being her story already. Still, it is problematic.

Verdict

Coffin Bound #5 begins a new arc to the inventive, creepy, horrific, spectacular and addictive series. Taqa is the victim in the first arc so to see her here as the hero is both refreshing and terrifying. I don’t want anything else to happen to her, but she is determined to make all the bad things happen. I am all in for this next run to see where Dan and Dani take us.

 

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Tony Farina

I am a writing professor at Siena Heights University. I have been reading comics for over 30 years. The first comic I bought was in 1984. Green Lantern 176. First appearance of the Demolition Team. Favorite Robin: Tim Drake Favorite Green Lantern: Jessica Cruz Favorite Flash: Barry Allen Favorite Batgirl: Barbara Gordon Favorite Nightwing outfit: Disco Favorite Batman: Duh, There can be only one