Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote; Lines & Letters: Michael Walsh; Colors: Toni Marie Griffin & Michael Walsh; Edits: Chris Hampton.
WARNING: Some mature language is used in the following imagery used.
The Silver Coin establishes and maintains a solid and engaging premise: a coin imbued with sinister purpose passes through time, with carnage as its trail. This issue sees Pornsak Pichetshote take the writing reins, a delight for those who've read his Infidel.
Much like in Infidel, Pichetshote proves his strength in creating tension-filled narratives. Each moment teeters on insanity, nestled under the surface that, in this case, is an eerily familiar 2020 pandemic lock down. Utilizing this melting pot of cultural and social anxiety brings a groundedness to the affair that makes the horrific outcomes that much worse. Emotions are essential to this writer's work, his words focusing on the raw fear, anger, and confusion. Pichetshote dissects how we experience fear, using Darren, our poor sod of a protagonist, as a lab rat.
The visuals here teeter on that razor thin margin of realism and nightmare fuel. Letters, lines, and colors never disappoint and help establish a familiar continuity. Gore comes in abundance and is . . . tastefully done? Viscera isn't overused and is mostly shrouded in saturated colors that insinuates more than it shows. The blending of colors in particular take center stage in this issue, as previously used palettes are brought back in a collision of madness-inducing familiarity. This issue improves on an already consistent style, one that evokes supernatural infinites under the dusty veneer of our own reality.
The SIlver Coin #14 earns itself 5 out of 5 POPS this week — a well-earned feat to be sure!
The Silver Coin is a sinister quilt, each patch a curated slice of stylized horror from some of the industry's best. This week's unique slice brings us closer to seeing the delightfully grotesque finished work of the titular coin and the bloodthirsty entity for whom it acts as a shadow.
Keep yourself caught up by picking up The Silver Coin #14 from your LOCAL COMIC BOOK SHOP (!!!) or from Image Comics here!
If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading this title from the beginning with The Silver Coin, Vol. 1. That said, if you're as in love with Pichetshote's storytelling do yourself a favor and pick up his first hit Infidel, also from Image Comics!
Austin Kemp read Batman #315 (Batman vs Kite Man) when he was 5 years old, and hasn't stopped reading comics since. Austin is a college writing teacher and has a masters degree in Comics Studies. Austin and his partner, Savanah, live in Massachusetts with their master, a cat named Chaplin.