Review: ‘Coffin Hill’ #5

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This issue of the sexy witch thriller, “Coffin Hill” hits you like a ton of bricks. And straight out the gate, too. Writer Caitlin Kittredge is not screwing around. While this series has always been packed with intrigue and horror, it’s definitely been a slow burn comic, but in issue #5 it reaches its boiling point. For the first time we see some real magic, exquisite danger, and ruthless revelations.

WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Kittredge

ART BY: Inaki Miranda

PUBLISHER: Vertigo

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 12, 2014

Eve Coffin has finally come head-to-head against the mysterious foe that haunts her hometown. Unfortunately, it’s not just one foe it’s two. One in the form of her best friend, Mel, who is currently shacked up with Eve’s on-again, off-again affair, reformed bad boy Chief Nate Finn. The second foe… well that one is less preternatural, but that’s all I’m going to say on that.

Eve’s purpose, the entire reason she returned home after her years as a cop in Boston, is suddenly three fold. She must repair the damage that her reckless witchcraft caused years earlier, solve Coffin Hill’s mysterious disappearances and murders, and now save her friends from true occult evil.

After another terrifyingly impressive run-in with the possessed Mel, Eve decides to focus her energy on Coffin Hill’s more tangible problem, the missing/murdered girls. She continues on her hunt for AWOL Bianca and quite literally comes up against every obstacle possible. Nate is being a hard ass — a somewhat possessed prick, Bianca’s parents abhor Eve — blaming her for the death of their daughter and Eve’s dear friend, Dani—which only serves to thwart her investigations. And the evil powers swirling around Coffin Hill are relentless. But luckily, so is Eve.

And it’s her utter relentlessness that uncovers the secret we’ve been chasing after for 4 issues. Who is killing the young girls of Coffin Hill? It’s quite possible we find out at the end of issue #5, but the abrupt cliffhanger isn’t going to let us in on that secret so easily. It’s just going to tease us in a glorious smoke in mirrors style.

A pleasant surprise within this issue is all of the history we obtain—history of the town’s downfall but even more interesting is the history of Nate’s past. We learn secrets of his family life, secrets that bind him and Eve together. Secrets that make it understandable why, even though Nate has always been dating Eve’s best friend, they can’t shake each other. Gaining this deeper insight into Nate’s former life sheds light on a lot of his actions, past and present.

This issue is non-stop action filled to the brim with deep emotion. Miranda’s art is stunning as always, sexy to perfection. This much has always been clear: Kittredge and Miranda are a duo made in comic book heaven and “Coffin Hill” is their magnificent byproduct.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden