Review – Coffin Bound #1 (Image Comics)

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Dan Watters
Artwork: Dani
Colors: Brad Simpson
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Design: Emma Price
Release Date: 7th August 2019

Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil and Mad Max 2: Road Warrior? Well, look no further than this delightful slice of intrigue from Lucifer writer Dan Watters.

Coffin Bound is set in some unknown future after what I imagine to either be a cataclysmic event or merely the devolution of mankind into a weird, desert-covered industrial wasteland. Our leading lady Izzy awakens in her house to discover a strange being looking over her: a robotic humanoid creature with a vulture skull in a cage. And if that description doesn’t have you as hooked as I was by that point, trust me, it gets better.

Izzy has been marked for death by someone unknown. It’s not the gangsters knocking down her door, but rather some gimp-masked supernatural hit man who is intent on completing the contract no matter what. However, what follows isn’t the usual fight for survival that we’ve all seen in countless other stories. Instead, what’s interesting about Coffin Bound is the antagonist’s acceptance of faith and rejection of reality. It’s almost like Izzy takes this untimely death as a means to an end, a way to travel the land and avenge her death before its even happened.

This existential, philosophical twist adds immensely to what is an already fascinating world. One that genuinely feels like a female Hunter S. Thompson and her large, stoic vulture attorney companion driving across the desert in a hazy drug trip. However, the “drug trip” in this instance is the wondrous world around them. Dani’s artwork brings to life the eclectic collection of characters, and the dusty, hard-edged backgrounds carved onto the page paint the picture of a unrelenting future. It’s not too far removed from our own, but the constant ambiguity means you’re scratching your head at whether it’s science or mysticism, fate or chaos, love or lust. I simply don’t know but I am hooked enough to want to find out. |

The main reason I urge you to read this is because it provides something incredibly different from the usual cut-and-paste style of storytelling. As the name suggests, the main character is bound for the coffin. There is no escaping death for any of us, but what does an individual do with that knowledge? And ultimately, how does it make the reader feel to have them know the end of the journey before it even begins?

Rating: 4/5.


The writer of this piece was: Indiana “Indy” Marlow
Indy Tweets from @smokingpunkindy

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