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New in Comics December 11: Picks from Stephen Murphy - Coffin Hall, Daredevil

By Michael R. Murray,

I’m still in a cast, and will be until next Tuesday. This week my wonderful daughter Danielle is helping me type again, and by that I mean she’s typing everything I say. I’ve gone back to Steve Murphy again for some more reviews this week. For those of you who missed last week, Stephen is the author of Image’s Umbra, Archie’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and the self published Puma Blues with Michael Zulli. I’ve actually done business with Stephen for a couple of years now, unfortunately only through an intermediary. In the last year, however, I finally got to meet Steve and he has become a fast and true friend and inner circle confidante. Steve is a great inspiration and I’m extremely  honored, and in fact can’t say enough about, the role he is taking in my life both professionally and personally. That in itself is just a little amusing to me as Steve sent me a personal message thanking me for the great intro to last week’s reviews. So without anymore gushing here are the items scheduled to ship this week that have Stephen Murphy excited.

Coffin Hill #4 - DC/Vertigo

For ten years prior to DC’s New 52 re-launch I’d abandoned comics altogether, so sick was I of company-wide crossover events and crappy art. The New 52 got me back into buying comics, and while I eventually lost interest in every one of the dozen or so New 52 titles that I’d been purchasing - giving up on all but one after their seventh issues – the re-launch got me back into the comic store on a fairly regular basis (that one title – “Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.” – I SO very much wanted to succeed, but its storyline always felt restrained and never exploded with the promise of its set-up and heritage [Grant Morrison’s reworking in that Seven Soldiers thing that I came across in a dollar bin one day in 2012.]). All of which is a longwinded way of saying that I now give new offbeat titles a chance, hoping to strike the gold that seems missing from more mainstream titles.

Of the recent resuscitation of Vertigo via titles like Hinterkind, Trillium and a few others, Coffin Hill is the only title that’s grabbed me. I mean, just look at that logo. It’s outright inspired. Designer Gregory Lockard deserves some kind of award for it, maybe even a medal from the American Society of Crows and Ravens. And the story? I have absolutely no fucking idea what the hell is going on from the first issue (the only issue I’ve read as of deadline) and that’s exactly why I’m sticking with it. Dead-alive supernatural girl cop, some other girl with a Mohawk who gets bathed in crow blood, stupid privileged white kids who party in cemeteries and stare at us when they speak, an old annoying Goth boyfriend who grows up to be a cop; I mean I have no goddamned idea how it all ties together or even if it will make eventual sense. Bravo to Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda for making me work for my pleasure.

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