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Coffin Hill #2

Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Publisher: Vertigo
Cover Price: $2.99

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Eve Coffin returns in a second issue of Coffin Hill and to Coffin Manor, the homestead of a distant ancestor and all past Coffin women. Are the Coffin women’s powers of witchcraft meant for good or evil? That’s the overall question that the comic book series means to answer.

Eve Coffin returns home after being wounded as a police officer only to step into the middle of another police investigation, one that bares a strong resemblance to a past tragedy. As a teenager, Eve experimented with her powers of witchcraft in the woods of Coffin Hill and as a result a friend of hers went missing. In a full-page spread, one that must be turned horizontal in order to be read, Eve’s friend is consumed by the evil that lurks in the woods and dragged off into the darkness. However, the story told by locals is that Eve’s friend got lost in the woods ten years ago and was never found. It’s a simple explanation for the more simple-minded residents of Coffin Hill, but Eve’s not buying it because she knows what she knows.

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Eve is certain that she witnessed evil unleashed through her powers as a witch and now, with her training as a police officer and as a detective, she’s going to get to the bottom of it. Once again, two teenagers have disappeared in the woods. They could’ve been drunk and gotten lost after a romantic rendezvous, but Eve suspects that the teenagers were consumed by the dark things just like her friend had been. In the final panel of the second issue, Eve uncovers a human skull buried in the woods and it’s easy to assume that Eve’s theory is correct. But when any bone is uncovered in an investigation, and there have been multiple reports of missing people, the question arises: whose skull is it?

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Caitlin Kittredge is the architect of this mystery and a good mystery it has been. It continues to pose new questions pertaining to current events in the story and past events of the main character. I find myself wanting to dig deeper into the mystery and that keeps me coming back to comic book stores in search of the title once a month. However, I suspect that the writing is aimed at a younger adult. Kittredge comes from a background of writing young-adult/teenage fiction and I sense that style of storytelling in this comic. It became evident to me through the twenty-something angst shown by the lead character(s) and the hipster girls with a chip on their shoulder experimenting with witchcraft. It’s all starting to sound frighteningly familiar to evening programs in the late 1990’s that were aired on the WB.

Please Ms. Kittredge, stick to the intriguing plot of a mystery surrounded in witchcraft and ignore the petty emotional nuances that make teenage girls swoon and you’ll keep this reader for many issues to come. You might even attract a new audience.


 

About The Author

Chris Calzia

Chris Calzia writes feature screenplays and comic book stories. He enjoys sophisticated comics, movies, and books - alternative stories bordering on the fringes of the mainstream. He lives in Los Angeles and finds that most of his story ideas come to him while sitting in traffic on the 405.