(w) Dan Watters (a) Dani (c) Brad Simpson
In Coffin Bound #1 (Review here), shit got weird in the best way possible. Coffin Bound #2 continues this sentiment while keeping its new and unique take on old tropes. It helps when the synopsis starts with, “Sex! Chainsaws! Pancakes!” That and the banger of a logo it has, you know shits going to get fucking bonkers, in amazing ways of course. So join Izzy on her continued road trip as she makes multiple stops to rid evidence of her past, plus what’s not to love when Sex, Chainsaws, or Pancakes are involved?
Coffin Bound #2 opens with a cast of new characters that Dan Watters makes as unusually unique as the rest of the cast, with the goal of becoming perfectly symmetrical as they slaughter their prey, taking organs in the process. Hell of a way to open up the second issue of a fever dream road trip! Leaving these new characters behind for now Watters turns the attention to Izzy, who is catching up with Cassandra, as seen in the previous issue. Coffin Bound #2 keeps the same level of character development as the first, with its myriad character moments and interactions, which -much like the first- doesn’t leave much time for action.
As great as these world building moments are they seem linger just a tad bit too long, whereas adding the violent moments between these might have benefited the pacing. But in these character moments Watters writing shines through with his introduction to new characters that pique your curiosity, while retaining an eccentric vast array of characters sucking you into the world. With you saying, “who the fuck came up with these idea”, by the end of it.
That way of thinking and diversely weird characters is what makes Coffin Bound #2 so great. With its distinctive characters and story beats on one end you just want to focus on moments with these creations, but when you see Dani’s graphically gore-filled visuals you want more of those violent moments. In these character interactions he adds in dialogue that shows their history, while helping the world building with writing both in your face, but also significantly subtle at some points. Everything learned or hinted at makes you want to learn every story that can be told in its universe. Although there is more said throughout, Watters still keeps the plot tight while teasing enough to keep you reading, and promising more in the future.
Although Coffin Bound #2 doesn’t feature a gruesome skin shredding moment, artist Dani adds in some other grotesque images, plus one amazing reveal. Throughout the first issue Watters and Dani teased the EarthEater magnificently, with moments that were visually entertaining while giving some, but not much information on what the creature is. Dani brings back those panels of teasing the EarthEater here in issue 2, then when Izzy finally meets the EarthEater showcases this enemy in full glory with a splash page, where it brutally kills a number of the newly introduced characters. This reveal of the prey meeting the hunter is expertly done, building amazing tension while leaving the reader to wander what happens in the next issue.
With a multitude of creative paneling use during heavy dialogue moments, Dani helps break it up with fractured panels, making them feel dynamic with great flow. These moments of panels being rearranged aren’t limited to the talkative moments, but are used in the few violent encounters helping portray the action being seen, while showcasing how hard an action hits. Helping portray these moments is Brad Simpson’s fantastic coloring. Watters may paint the world of Coffin Bound with his plot, while Dani pencils the grimy world, but Simpson comes out of left field and adds bright colors that seem like they should be out of place. But these bright colors contrast show much with the dark and dirty that it elevates each panel. When the focus is solely on a character, or an important object/action Simpson uses a singular color as background to help showcase whats happening.
Coffin Bound #2 is a great second issue that expands on the first issues world and character building, that keeps the reader on their feet while teasing more in the future. The pacing may feel off at some moments, but it never becomes a chore, although more action moments where Dani and Simpson can flex their gruesome artistic style would’ve greatly benefited the issue.
Memorable Quote: “I have reduced my surface area significantly, and thus have to contend with less and less vile, porous surface.” – Ben
Even though it doesn’t have a stripper peeling their skin off, Coffin Bound #2 has a character that has cut off there limbs, while wanting to cut off more. Yep, this moment had me laughing but also thinking, what the fuck else can happen?