Image Comic Book Review: Coffin Bound #1

Title: Coffin Bound #1
Publisher: Image
Words: Dan Watters
Art: Dani
Colors: Brad Simpson
Published: August 7, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: Cars! Guns! Entropy! Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. Join writer DAN WATTERS (Sandman Universe: Lucifer, LIMBO), artist DANI (2000AD, Girl with No Name), and colorist BRAD SIMPSON (JESUSFREAK, MCMLXXV) on a road trip through a blood-splattered life.


Review

“We treat the Earth as dead–a solid, stable, eternal fossil to which we are rooted–but it is not! The Earth is alive. It teems. It lives!”

After being visited by a strange ally, Izzy Tyburn learns that someone has taken out a contract on her life. The killer hunting her is an unstoppable one; knowing that, in the end, she will be forced to shuffle off of this mortal coil, Izzy is determined to erase all traces of her existence.

The characters introduced in this issue are interesting and speak/act authentically, making it easy to suspend disbelief and become immersed in this new, unsettling world. What has started out as an absurd game of cat and mouse will surely develop into something much more complex; already, Dan Watters is hinting at the impressive amount of complexity that’s buried just beneath the surface of this story. It is this depth-of-story that will insure the return of readers, issue after issue.

Speaking of immersion and returning readers, Dani’s artwork, teamed with Brad Simpson’s colors, perfectly complements Watters’ script. Dani’s line work is raw, bold, and full of nuance, and Simpson’s colors breath life into the well-rendered characters and settings. An example of near-perfect creative collaboration can be found in the scene that is set in “The Teardrop” club; trust me, it’s unforgettable.

For those comic book readers in search of a new series that is both strange and exciting, look no further: Coffin Bound is a must-read series. Happy ashes.

Bottom Line

A stunning debut, Coffin Bound #1 drops this grave tale into gear, promising an unforgettable, high-octane joyride. Absurd, twisted, and intense, Coffin Bound is a must-read series.

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Image Comic Book Review: Coffin Bound #1
The Bottom Line
A stunning debut, Coffin Bound #1 drops this grave tale into gear, promising an unforgettable, high-octane joyride. Absurd, twisted, and intense, Coffin Bound is a must-read series.
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Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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