Coffin Hill Vol. 1- Forest of the Night by Caitline Kittredge and Inaki Miranda
Release Date: May 20
Review by Lauren
copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward-and one knows that Eve is responsible.
Years later, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge.
Review: Most of the graphic novels that I read are appropriate for a teenage crowd, but Coffin Hill is different. I would recommend it more for older teens and adults because it does touch on some more adult themes.
As for the novel, I think it was interesting, though a bit confusing. I think my main problem is that I read this on the computer and that's probably not the best way to experience a graphic novel. Therefore, I would say that what I had trouble comprehending mostly came from trying to follow along on a screen. I would love to check out this book in print format, especially for the wonderful illustrations. They were dark and eerie, but perfectly suited for this novel. I also really liked how the artist overlapped scenes, placing a large picture of a character over two sections. It's hard to explain, but definitely unique.
Growing up as a teenager, Eve Coffin rebelled against her rich family, running into the woods and practicing magic with her friends. It takes a tragedy for her to realize she's messing with things she doesn't really understand. Eve eventually leaves her hometown, but circumstances bring about her return and she realizes the secrets of the woods are not over yet. More kids are going missing, and two of Eve's old friends are involved.
Coffin Hill is punk rock in book form. It's black clothes and dark magic. It's blood, sex, and violence. It's also Eve Coffin, growing up and wishing she could change her past; feeling guilty for those she hurt and wanting to make amends. It's Eve Coffin returning to an unwelcome home, but hoping to possibly find love anyway.
I would definitely read more of these Coffin Hill graphic novels. I found this world to be fascinating and perfect for someone like me who is intrigued by the Salem witches (which are related to Eve and her family). I'd definitely suggest grabbing a physical version of this book if you can; it seems like the best way to get the most out of the story!
This was read for the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge