Coffin Hill, Vol. 1: Forest of the Night

Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda. DC/Vertigo, $9.99 trade paper (168p) ISBN 978-1-4012-4887-1
Pouty, pale, and possessed by a curse, Eve Coffin is not a half-bad young lady on whom to hang a witchy new comic series. The Coffin family have been the mansion-dwelling patriarchs of their small New England town for centuries (no Yankee thriftiness for them). As a punk teenager, Eve rebels against her mother’s expectations, except in one way: she doesn’t mind carrying on the family tradition of witchcraft. A night of bad behavior (drinking, seducing her best friend’s guy) in the haunted woods near her home turns dark and bloody when Eve tries to summon a spirit and, regrettably, succeeds. Ten years later, she’s an ex-cop trying to put an end to the disappearances still perpetrated by the fiend she set loose. Kittredge (Nocturne City) has written a strong character in Eve, with her guilt-fueled anger and sarcasm, but her plotting is shaky and overly tangled. Miranda’s (Tribes) vividly gothic art (black feathers are a powerful recurring motif) is highly original and keeps this spooky, smalltown, bad-girl melodrama from being just another retread of The Craft. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/02/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Genre: Comics
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