There was a lot going on in this issue. And I’m not trying to say that it was hard to follow because it was all over the place, there was just a lot of content. Definitely money well spent. Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda are continuing to deliver with this book each and every month. The best part of this specific issue is that Eve decides to track down Mel. This is the first time that we’ve been given a chance to see what the aftermath of their dark night in the woods ended up doing to the others. We also find out that there was another witness to those events. The fact that this issue takes us back to that night, briefly, sheds just a little more light on the current situation in Coffin Hill. The discovery of the bones in the woods have made it impossible for Eve and Nate to ignore what’s been going on, but the facts of their appearance still remain a mystery. Since Nate’s investigation has hit a wall, he reluctantly accepts Eve’s help. Eve and Nate rekindle an unfortunate relationship just as Eve makes a shocking discovery at the Barclay Hospital for the Insane. There appears to be more going on there than the people of Coffin Hill even know.
Caitlin Kittredge works some magic in the hospital scenes. That was some of the most intriguing storytelling that I’ve seen in this series to this point. I’m going to admit that when I reached the last page of this issue, I was ready to start reading the next one. I have a feeling that we’re in for one shocking moment after another.
Inaki Miranda’s work in this issue is definitely the best that I’ve seen yet. The hospital and woods scenes make you feel completely engrossed in the story that you’re being told. In the woods, I felt a chill run up my spine, and in the hospital, I felt sterile and a sense of claustrophobia. I’m not going to assume that that was the feeling that Miranda was going for, but if it was, it definitely did the trick. If I had to choose my favorite part, though, it would have to be the moments in the last few pages. That art was by far the most eye-popping.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this issue as a whole when I first started reading, but I definitely know now that we’re being set up for some killer stuff. But before I end this review, I do want to point out that the colors were terrific. Colorists sometimes seem to be the unsung heroes of a series, but I want to make sure that I make a point to give credit where credit is due. There were a few panels that really made me glad that I still read this series. Eva De La Cruz should be proud. So as you can see, as a whole this series continues to impress. I can’t remember the last time that I was satisfied with every single issue of an ongoing book. I know that it hasn’t been out for that long, but it’s definitely staying in my pull.
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge Artist: Inaki Miranda Publisher: DC/Vertigo Price: $2.99 Release Date: 12/11/13