Coffin Hill is every 16-year-old goth girls fantasy; expensive black clothes, neglectful parents, a coven, and magic powers. Wait, Eve Coffin does have magic powers, right? I mean, she keeps talking about being a witch, and we see slight signs of possible magic, but so far nothing has really piqued my interest in that regard. At least nothing that’s happened directly in frame. But I digress…

Caitlin Kittredge sets up a decent storyline here. Yes, some of it is very cliché, but what isn’t these days, right? A young, angsty girl (the previously mentioned Eve Coffin) rebels against her very rich parents, parents who are part of an old, and powerful bloodline. They are very wealthy witches, from even before the Salem era, and have taken up residence in a place called Coffin Hill. Isn’t that convenient?


What we have here is a time jumping plotline. There are two stories happening in Coffin Hill that one can foresee will eventually tie in together. The first happens ten years ago, where Eve and her band of merry misfits attempt some kind of ritual in the “spooky woods” in their hometown. Something goes terribly wrong (as things like this usually tend to do), and Eve wakes up covered in blood with her friends missing. Skip ten years ahead and she has “accidentally” stumbled upon and arrested the most notorious serial killer since the Boston Strangler. Oh did I not mention that this rebellious, witchy teenager has become a cop?

Alright, so all this story spoiling nonsense aside, how well does this book read? It actually flows pretty well. The time skipping isn’t too jarring, and if you’re into witches and drama you’ll probably enjoy Coffin Hill a lot. Inaki Miranda’s art is pretty stupendous. The man knows how to draw a raven. To be perfectly honest I think the ravens are my favorite part of this effort from Vertigo. It isn’t until this second issue that they become more of a staple to the storyline, and they might be the only things keeping me interested in this book.

After writing this review I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really like Coffin Hill all that much. I mean, I thought I did; I wanted to. There are aspects of it I want to enjoy. Some of the storyline is interesting and holds my attention, but overall I feel like there’s just something lacking here. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it didn’t quite grab me like I thought it would.

For now though, the covers are amazing and there is still something holding my interest. Those ravens, man. There’s something about those ravens. And as a designer, I’m seriously in love with the title for this comic. I’ll keep reading this series, but honestly, I’m not sure for how much longer. I don’t want to deter you from reading this though. I think you should pick up at least the first two issues and decide for yourself if it’s something that interests you. As I’ve said, the writing flows really well and the art isn’t anything to scoff at.


Overall Score
70 %

Story 60%
Art 95%

About The Author

Greetings nerds! I suppose you've come here to not only satisfy your curiosity on what an opinionated fool such as myself looks like, but also to delve into the mind of one of the worlds finest super villains. Well you aren't going to get either, so deal with it.

By day I'm a mild mannered creative in advertising. I make pretty things move for big screen, local advertisements. By night I am a photographer, video gamer, movie buff, Pokemon Master (yes, I have a completed Pokedex and I battle frequently), monster hunter, hockey enthusiast, writer, giant mech and kaiju lover, and last but not least, a crazy and erratic comic book collector. First and foremost, I love Batman. I love creator owned comics. The big two are nice and all, but I'm always in need of new and fresh ideas, people that break the mold of the medium. I like books that aren't afraid to tear the industry apart to tell their story. Yes I reread and over analyze probably far more than I should. Yes my passion is so great that I love books sometimes for no reason, and hate others because of minor little nitpicks. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
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