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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (May 20 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140124887X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401248871
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's a lovingly rendered world, full of strange, creepy, and beautiful wonders and I desperately crave more of it."--IGN

"Kittredge and Miranda have something wonderful in "Coffin Hill"--COMIC BOOK RESOURCES

About the Author

Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime. Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin's. Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones. Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.

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Coffin Hill was an okay story for me. It's based around a girl named Eve, who comes from a long family of witches. The land they live on is cursed with a darkness and has a dark history. Eve decides to try and dabble into this darkness as a young girl and it awakens, then the main part of the book takes place 10 years after this dark summoning. So far pretty simple Gothic Witch storyline, it was a decent ride of a story, and the art was pretty good in my eyes. The book however had a hard time selling me to keep going. I enjoyed this trade but not enough to come back.

It likens itself to most supernatural thriller books (Harrow County, Hellboy, and other more well known supernatural books). It's good book if you're into witches and dark occult comics as your main read.
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If your looking to order any comic today make it this one. Artwork is awesome and doesn't need any bosting. The story and the feel of the comic is the best part. A mystery, crime, thriller, supernatural genre all rolled into one with fantastic writing. I thought the artwork was cool so I picked it up, but the story and suspense is what kept me so fascinated. For 10 bucks this comic is a steal! I seriously can't wait till January for volume 2 to come out.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa008257c) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
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HASH(0xa00b1114) out of 5 stars An OK story, but lacks a lot of bite and originality June 25 2014
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I kind of can't entirely make up my mind about this series. It has some great parts to it, but for everything I like there's something that seems a bit too overly done or familiar. I guess my review could probably be summed up thusly: this isn't a bad comic, but it's the type that would likely be better served as a miniseries rather than an ongoing one.

The setup here is one that you've seen before: a misfit wealthy teenager goes out into the woods to practice some dark magic and ends up getting more than she bargained for, as one friend goes missing and the other is forever mentally scarred. Years later she's in a steady job but is forced home to deal with her past mistakes.

Eve is your typical brassy, gritty heroine, which works both for and against her. It works for her because she needs to be able to be cold and calculated when it comes to some of the stuff she's dealing with. However it works against her at times because it makes her pretty unlikable to where I didn't entirely care if she overcame the Big Bad. This really, REALLY could have used more buildup and more character development. I can't help but think that this might have been better if the whole "forbidden fruit" love interest had been taken out of the first volume entirely, as we have more than a few pages with Eve messing around with the boyfriend of one of her friends. There isn't a huge amount of chemistry between them, so part of me just wished that it'd been removed or at least been left to develop over more issues.

It isn't that there aren't things here that aren't interesting. The artwork is nice and the basic idea of the story is good. It's just that things didn't unwind in as organic and natural of a fashion as I'd liked. Coffin Hill has the potential to be very, very good but it's just not there yet. I just can't help but get the feeling that this was supposed to have been much more, but was boiled down into a fairly average comic book where more emphasis is put on making everything *EDGY* and "Our _____ are different" than anything else. It's OK, but I recommend that you get this one from the library or borrow a friend's copy. I bought mine from the comic book store, but I don't know that I'll get volume two unless the story really improves in the next volume. It's OK, but a little too forgettable for my liking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you heard of Coffin Hill? No, me either, which is why I'm rewriting my first review which detailed the numerous problems that made the first volume such a failure - this title is on nobody's radar (for good reason), it's not a landmark book, nor will it be in hindsight, nor is it even a slightly important one, so it doesn't deserve that level of scrutiny. No, this pathetic comic will be reviewed in broad strokes and then forgotten like it should be.

Coffin Hill is the comic book version of a cruddy CW show. It stars a personality vacuum amongst a cast of one-dimensional nobodies in a plot that doesn't make sense. It's a supernatural story and is filled with clichés you've seen it before in a hundred cheap horror movies. Eve Coffin is a witch, there's an evil spirit on the loose, and it's up to her to stop it - somehow, it manages to be even more boring than you'd expect yet more confusing too.

Caitlin Kittredge simply doesn't understand how to write a comic - her scene transitions are awkward and don't make sense when read in a sequence, her dialogue is corny, and the scenes themselves feel recycled and unoriginal. The story pointlessly jumps from 2003 to 2013 with few of the scenes in 2003 adding to what's happening in 2013. In a good book, each scene should add to the story rather than stagnate uselessly, which is what most of this book does.

All of the "characters" are forgettable nothings but the ending really underlines just how poorly Kittredge has written them. She hinges the "cliffhanger/shock twist" ending on a character who I'm not sure was even in the book - either way, rather than gasp, I belched and wondered "Who the hell is that? Why should I care?". And I was paying attention - I read it in one sitting because I knew if I stopped once, I wouldn't pick it up again. Anyway it doesn't really matter because I'm never going to read another Caitlin Kittredge book again, let alone Volume 2 of this tripe.

The Dave Johnson covers make the book look good but don't expect that level of artistry inside - Inaki Miranda's art is mostly uninspired, clunky and amateurish. I feel like he's going for Mike Allred's style but coming up way short.

Coffin Hill is a boring, badly written mess that fails to engage on every level and leaves zero impression on the reader. I'd say don't bother but I can't imagine there were many people lining up to read this anyway. So long, Coffin Hill/Caitlin Kittredge/Inaki Miranda - you were all awful!

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This is an aside rather than part of the review, it's just something I've noticed in recent years about Vertigo.

I had a lot of time for Vertigo. This is a company that put out such quality comics that for a while a few years ago, Vertigo comics were the only comics I read. Of my favourites they've published are: The Sandman, Transmetropolitan, Y: The Last Man, Northlanders, and my favourite comics series of all time, Scalped. Other titles I've enjoyed include The Invisibles, Sweet Tooth and iZombie as well as the standalone graphic novels A History of Violence, Pride of Baghdad, The Nobody, Sloth, and Get Jiro!

With Coffin Hill, I've realised that over the years I went from reading only Vertigo comics to reading just one - Scott Snyder's The Wake (which is only ok if I'm being honest). They're still publishing titles: The Unwritten, Fables, American Vampire, Astro City, FBP, Hinterkind and Dead Boy Detectives, but, in my mind, they're all pretty terrible. I've tried reading all of them - some I've made it all the way through a book - but none are of the same standard as the glory years of titles above.

And then I realised I'm reading a lot of Image comics these days - Velvet, Chew, The Walking Dead, Jupiter's Legacy, Starlight, Sex Criminals, Rat Queens, Luther Strode - and realised that, back in the day, these would have been Vertigo titles. Now? All the would-be Vertigo titles have shifted to Image, helping make them the third largest comics publisher in the world, right behind DC in second.

It's disappointing to see but Vertigo - once the market leaders for innovative, exciting comics - now publish the also-rans. It seems the rot of bad comics at DC has spread, like a cancer, to its sister publication. I'll recommend a lot of Vertigo stuff from the 90s and 00s but nowadays? Nowadays you get crap like Coffin Hill and Hinterkind (which is another review), while Jason Aaron's new non-superhero series, Southern Bastards, is being published over at Image rather than the publisher of his Scalped series.

Goodbye, Vertigo - you were great once!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00b15a0) out of 5 stars Good story, a little confusing though May 20 2014
By Gorelenore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
NOTE: Not for young readers, contains a lot of bloody violence and nudity.

I have read a few of the Coffin Hill comics but was happy to see Volume 1 on Netgalley when I did, I was finally able to read the series as it currently stands. I enjoy Coffin Hill for its dark presence in the comic world - yes various series do have darker elements but this series is about a witch (not always a good one) and a dark power.

Eve Coffin is our main character, who is stubborn and determined but also strong and interesting. There is so much that I want to learn about her character - more through each issue. The other characters are kind of just there; there are a few guys that Eve has relations with, towns people that all hate her, and her mother who also seems to loathe her daughter (I want to know more about this!). These characters ll kind of fell flat for me.

I found the overall story to be very confusing at first, because I had only read a few of the issues - sad to say that even as a compilation of 1-7 it can still be confusing. I felt like there was a lot of information that had to be assumed by the reader, or just overall left out completely.

The art was pretty great, very macabre and deeply colored. I found that to be redeeming to the story.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this volume, it was an interesting story with a lot of characters, but I felt like I was missing a lot of back-story to go with it and really get into it. So I just liked it, nothing overly spectacular, 3 out of 5 stars.
HASH(0xa00b1960) out of 5 stars Good to see Vertigo doing horror again! July 7 2014
By sihz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd probably rate this as 3 and a half stars but since Amazon doesn't allow half stars I'm rounding it up to 4. Overall its an interesting read and definitely has me looking forward to the next volume, but its not without its flaws. The positives are that firstly the art is fantastic - Inaki Miranda's art is wonderfully eye-catching. Secondly both the main character and the premise are intriguing. The plot is great but one flaw is that this first story-arc feels rather rushed. Perhaps its just my affinity for the more venerable horror titles in Vertigo's stable, such as Swamp Thing and Hellblazer, but I do hope that Caitlin Kittredge takes the time to build atmosphere and delve in to the Coffins' past at a less frantic pace. For example I was a bit disappointed that Eve Coffin's tenure as a cop was delt with so briefly (though at the end of #6 there is a hint that this time will be revisited in future issues). All in all this is a promising new title and I look forward to see what happens in the next volume.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00b1a44) out of 5 stars Great gothic horror May 21 2014
By E. Leopard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This story was right up my alley! It is a great horror story that is fast paced and would make a great movie!


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