Image Comics Review: Coffin Bound #8
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Dan Watters
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Reviewer: Tony Farina
OH NO OH NO! OH OH NO! Dear God. The worst has happened. How might we move on? The end of our second story arc is upon us. What will Doll do when she finds out what happened to Taqa? Will God be outlawed? Will the Vulture show up? How can we stop Entropy?
Coffin Bound #8 was relentless. Where to begin? Well, how about that ending? Damn. I mean…Damn…did not see that coming. I refuse to spoil it for you. I just want you to be prepared. The final decision about whether or not God is outlawed comes out here. I was expecting it, but also blown away.
The fact that Watters chose to focus on Doll in this issue was smart. I was not sure whose life would pick up the story after that gut punch at the end of issue #7. I thought it would Tatter. While he has an interesting story to tell, it is Doll who knows everything. It is Doll who loved Taqa for what she was and who has the most to gain or lose as the story continues. I didn’t really realize how much I liked her until now.
Dani and Brad Simpson should take home rows of awards next year. I am rarely scared by comics. I am unmoored, and unnerved by this work. That sounds like it should be in the negative section, but it is not a bad thing. This is simply stunning. I want most of the pages on my wall spending time staring at the way Dani sees this world. I am one of the lucky few people who do not remember dreams, so I don’t have to worry about the possible nightmares.
Coffin Bound #8 is so good. I read it, read it again, then read the whole series again. I mean, damn. If your heart is easily broken, you will not like this issue or this series.
Coffin Bound #8 claims to be the end of an arc, but I don’t know how it can go on. You know how you get the wind knocked out of you and you are not sure what to do next? Rationally, you know that you are going to live. You know that you will catch your breath eventually. You just need to calm down. It is OK. The last page of this issue is like that, but for your brain. Should this be the end of this series, I thunderously applaud. If not, Image Comics can plan on taking my money sometime soon.