Religious deconstruction continues, with great writing and sometimes shaky art in Coffin Bound # 6

Written by Dan Watters, Drawn by Dani, Coloured by Brad Simpson, Letters by Aditya Bidikar.

Taqa is still determined to carry on with her mission, despite being told the potential consequences of her actions. Her congregation are now having to give up their stash of “god” to help her in her quest. So to prove God's existence she is now taking “god” away from everyone else. This obviously doesn’t go down too well with the church but the receded has spoken. While this is happening, as there is still a hit out on Taqa’s life, we are introduced to one of what will be many assassins and hitmen wanting to take the job. This particular sadistic killer has empathy on a deadly scale. He can get inside someone’s head and make them feel anything that he does to himself. Taqa clearly needs a bodyguard and all the help she can get, but with the killers closing in, will the inevitable vulture show, too?

This is another very poetic read from writer Dan Watters, and a philosophical dive into religion. At what point are people too dependent on religion? Can it actually be a burden to the soul? The fact that the drug is called “god” really does push the boundaries of the religious philosophy. As I stated before, without taking a hard stance on either side of the debate. We have both sides here, where one character talks about the church using “god” to shrink their souls to then be engulfed in oblivion. He says he feels sorry for them. This I can imagine could be one view of a church, where there’s such a sense of community that people looking in may feel ostracised by it. Yet on the other hand in this issue, we have another character decrying how “God saves” given the context of the use, it could go either way of being a reference to the drug or the deity to which they pledge their life to. This is why calling the drug “god” is such a clever idea. To balance the religious philosophy with the hedonistic view of the misuse of drugs.

I have also said before, this series really does feel like something that a thesis could be spun out of. It’s incredibly intelligent in the story telling and the premise of each of the arcs so far. There is one sentence to which I believe can sum up the series so far, which comes from this issue, “ life is a futile endeavour”. This may seem like a very pessimistic approach to life, it can be interpreted a few ways, but I choose to interpret it as saying even though it ends up the same, we can still enjoy the time we have and make something of our lives.

As has been the case throughout the second arc, that I don't quite feel the art is truly matching the writing. Here we see another panel where the ratios of the characters just feel slightly off. This feels like a shame as Dani is clearly a talented artist as shown by a couple of panels that really do match the writing with some dark and gritty concepts, one panel is rather reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City.

Overall though this is still not just an enjoyable comic but also one that can create many philosophical debates. I can only hope that the quality of the writing can continue in this way and I hope we get a few more panels that are more like the second example than the first.

Coffin Bound Issue 6 is available from 2nd September from your local comic shop and from comixology

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