(w) Dan Watters (a) Dani (c) Brad Simpson
Coffin Bound has been a wild road trip through a weird world. This statement is no different in the third and penultimate issue. If you’re needing a catch up, check out the previous two reviews here. Much like the penultimate issues start, let’s hop right into high gear.
Writer Dan Watters starts the issue off strong, while ending on an even stronger note. But beginnings come before endings, so we’ll start there. In the previous issue, our protagonist Izzy ran into The Eartheater in the middle of slaughtering a multitude of The Imperfect. Ending in the middle of the encounter in the previous issue was a huge tease. Thankfully, Watters picks up issue three from there.
As one of the remaining Imperfect lives, Izzy chases him down to steal back her past lovers eyes. But the ever terrifying Eartheater is on her tail and makes haste! Or it would, if it enjoyed big chase sequences, but as the narration say’s it doesn’t. Makes sense with all that leather huh? Moments like this is were Watters writing shines through. By making the weird, harsh, abnormal moments funny yet pulse-pounding.
Like the previous issues, Watters sprinkles in world building moments, but more frequently as this is the penultimate issue. The reader learns quite a bit of Izzy’s past. Thing is, it’s from an unreliable source, that seems to speak just to get his own way. This is an interesting way to unfold a fair bit of her past, as the reader as no idea if he is in fact telling the truth.
Coffin Bound #3’s ending is another huge tease, but fitting for this series. As everything that has transpired accumulates in a three page ten panel silent layout, that feels magnificently executed. Plus Ben is up to his non-limbed antics, which is hilarious, per usual.
Dani’s pencils continue to elegantly portray Watters trip into the crazy world of Coffin Bound. As there are more chase, fighting, and skin peeling moments transpiring, Dani is able to flex all types of artistic muscles. But the most evident piece of craftsmanship is the final three pages. In the final moments Dani uses a six panel page to show quick actions that lead into the next page.
Following is a slow three panel page with long rectangles, showing Izzy’s discovery, and Taqa’s turning point. Ending the issue with a beautiful single page as Taqa is able to fully peel her skin. Granted, the skin peeling while stripping is a unique idea, the art portraying it in this moment hits hard, as the issue led up to this scene. As these panels are void of dialogue, Dani essentially tells everything that is needed to know by art, and paneling alone.
The art by Dani amazingly portrays the world, but Brad Simpson’s coloring breathes it to life. In some scenes Simpson’s colors will transform from a bright highlighting color, to a dark brudding colors. It seems this would cause scenes to class, but that never transpires. One great page that showcases this is the final page. Yes, we’ve mentioned the final pages a lot, but that’s due to how great they are.
Being the penultimate issue, Coffin Bound #3 had a lot riding on it. Luckily it hits every story beat on the head, while looking equally beautiful. Coffin Bound’s world and characters may not be for everyone, but it very well should.
Memorable Quote: “EARTHEATER! Doesn’t really go in for big chase sequences.” – Narrator
Honestly, If I wore that much leather neither would I!