ADVANCE REVIEW! The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1 will go on sale Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
Oh, and make sure to check out our interview with David Hine!
Volume 2 of The Bulletproof Coffin starts HERE!
The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1 is the continuation of David Hine and Shaky Kane's spectacularly bizarre metafictional adventure through the land of comics. Didn't read anything of Volume 1? Shame on you, as it was one of the most well-crafted comics I have ever read.
But fear not, dear reader! You don't really need to know much from the first volume of The Bulletproof Coffin to enjoy Disinterred (though, as you do not need a pair of those X-ray specs from the back of old comics to see the world, sometimes the hidden secrets come out with them on).
Kane and Hine start the fun flowing with page one, panel one, as a mysteriously naked man narrates his journey from one world to the next, using only a dessert spoon and a Swiss army knife, guided by a replica compass and his "Unforgiving Eye® Flashlight" out of his home of toxic wastelands and into what is hopefully a "land fit for heroes."
The Unforgiving Eye and Coffin Fly show up briefly, explaining away the gap between this volume and the previous one.
Though they quickly end up as a footnote as the focus shifts to Johnny P. Sartre and The Shield of Justice, with the fate of the human race in the balance(!), it probably won't be long before we see these guys again.
Sartre (for whom I doubt that name is a coincidence) is a pretty hard-boiled, kick-ass detective (complete with "tough as nails, sharp as a stiletto" partner, Ginger Palmer) investigating the "Full Moon Murders," a series of killings occurring on the full moon each month.
Four months, four decapitations, four killers and all on the full moon. Except for this one. And of course, it's now that things start to get really weird, with Sartre having visions of a time where he was The Shield of Justice and Ginger his buxom sidekick, Lady Justice.
And then apophenia starts to set in, with Sartre either starting to see the world as it truly is or losing the last grip he has on his sanity. And with The Bulletproof Coffin, there's nothing that says we can't have it both ways, either. Hine and Kane already established that the bizarre is normal is perhaps even more bizarre on our first ride in the Coffin, and I'm doing what I can to try to simultaneously take everything and nothing at face value.
And Shaky Kane is in top form yet again with Disinterred, brilliantly emulating the style of old school comics coloring while providing line work that frequently compares to or surpasses Darrow and Quitely at their best.
I'll be rereading this one a few more times, because it was spectacular and, despite scouring over it, I've undoubtedly missed references to the last volume and foreshadowing for future issues. How do I know? Because Hine and Kane already gave us one of the smartest comics on the stands in 2010 and they look ready to continue the trend in 2012.
The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1 is full of mystery, humor and just damn good comics. If you haven't read the first Bulletproof Coffin, it's quite a trip, and you ought to do yourself a favor and pick up the trade paperback from your local comic shop or Amazon or Comixology. If for some reason you don't trust me explicitly yet, you can read the first issue for free through Image and Comixology.
David Fairbanks doesn't get many things right the first time. He studied physics in college, loves science, music, comics, poetry, movies, books, and education pertaining to all of the above. He will talk your ear off about Grant Morrison and Ben Folds, has an indie bookshelf larger than his Marvel, DC and Vertigo ones combined and if he ever actually grows up, more than anything else, he wants to still be happy as an “adult,” whatever that is.