Review: Coffin Hill Issue 1

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Coffin Hill by Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda is a relatively new comic that launched in December 2013.  Set against a Massachusetts backdrop, the dark story follows Eve, a woman with a cursed history tied with high society, magic and the Salem witch trials.

Things we liked

  • The New England connection. There’s something fun about talking about a comic set in your own backyard
  • The raven/crow details.  Some of us picked up on the feathers but we had fun as a group finding them together

Things we didn’t like

  • It felt like the female faces all had a sameness to them
  • The proliferation of ads. Seriously, they seemed to be on every other page. All the “extra” marketed on the cover as “extra-sized issue” seemed to be ads

Random things that caught our attention (for better or worse)

  • Eve’s square thought bubbles.  There are a lot of them As one member, suggested hearing voice of Die Hard Bruce Willis when reading
  • The way Massachusetts was described. Which leads us into…

Questions for the creator 
The League has some questions for Caitlin Kittredge and she was kind enough to answer them on Twitter for us. Thanks  so much Caitlin!

As New Englanders, one of the reasons we chose Coffin Hill was the Boston/Massachusetts ties, but we couldn’t tell if the writer had them too. Indeed she does, she’s from Cape Cod.

On page 5, we weren’t sure if there was a typo or an attempt at Boston-dialect. Thankfully it was just a typo.

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We had a lot of fun discussion around Coffin Hill.  At least a third of the group has picked up several additional issues. It was mentioned that you have to slog through a bit, but that it begins to snap together in issue 4 and is completely worth it. (Um, the Coffin Hill shelf was completely empty when we left the store last night.)  If you’re interested in dark horror/magic/New England. Give this a shot and let us know what you think!

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