Written by Dan Watters, Drawn by Dani, Coloured by Brad Simpson, Letters by Aditya Bidikar.
Taqa is dead! Doll has been asked to verify the body. What happened to Taqa? Did she complete her mission? Doll thinks “no sense in mourning” which leads her to believe she’s feeling something else. Vengeance maybe? Doll then decided to start her journey to figure out who to blame and judge them for what happened to Taqa. What will she find? Will she even like what she uncovers?
We come to the final issue of the arc. This issue threw me a little. Starting off with a side character finding out that the protagonist has died was slightly unnerving, not in a way of feeling saddened by her demise, as we should, but more of a way in which we have to swap to a different character's perspective for the final issue. It helps that we know Doll from the previous arc, but it’s still a dramatic shift as she wasn’t even the main character in that arc either.
Overall, I don’t feel the artwork for this arc has been as good as the first, but even then it wasn’t something that thrilled me. There are still problems I have with the artwork in this issue, where the lines are blurred and the colours are not as defined to borders. An example is of this is Tatter with the punching bag.
Even though the artwork hasn’t been my kind of style, I can still appreciate some of the better panels. One of which was instantly striking to me. Doll tracks down Taqa’s church, which is now being demolished due to “God” being outlawed. There is a beautiful panel where Doll takes a picture of the stained glass shattering, she then holds it above the shattered stained glass on the floor. Which demonstrates something that’s referenced to through the issue. A single photograph can capture a moment but it will never recreate the environment in which it was taken. This is beautifully summed up by Doll: “the photograph is a stolen moment, it has already passed by the time we see it”. They are a beautiful reminder of what we witness, but it can never replace the feeling of being there. This is a truly deep way of thinking about how we hold onto our memories. It’s something that writer Dan Watters has showed off during these 8 issues, his ability to make people consider their moral compass or their imprint on the world, or in this case the way in which we hold onto loved ones or memories. This philosophical writing has had me intrigued since issue 1.
Overall, I’ve found this arc not quite as compelling as the first. It could be due to the fact that I read the first arc in one sitting, whereas this one I’ve been reading along week by week. It could also be the character of Taqa herself, who I didn’t find as likeable as Izzy. Either way the book was still enjoyable due to the writing and the philosophical debates that arose from it, like the use of drugs to recreate a religious experience. Is that a just way of conversing with a God, or is it just a cult with a twist? The book manages to make people think about such topics without taking a strong stance either way, to ensure that the reader sees no bias.
If you enjoyed the first arc then I’d say give this a go, or if you do enjoy books with a deeper meaning to them rather than the average superhero book out there (not that there’s anything wrong with superhero books). I would say this arc was more of a slog to get through, and the writing can be dense at times, but if you have the time and patience then I would recommend.
Coffin Bound #8 was released on 4th November from your local comic shop as well as comixology
Arc 2 “Dear God” will be released on December 2nd from your comic shop and comixology