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The Coffin

Credits: Written by Phil Hester and Illustrated by Mike Huddleston
Publisher: Oni Press

Commentary

Dr. Ashar Ahmad has discovered how to cheat death. Through the miracles of applied science, he's able to construct membranes that can trap the living soul after the physical body has passed. Dr. Ahmad can create living coffins.

He just never imagined that he'd have to use them on himself...

THE COFFIN is a clever twist on the classic Frankenstein myth. Here we have a man devoid of conscience who discovers his humanity only after he's assassinated by his psychotic employer. The irony being that, in becoming a monster, Dr. Ahmad just may discover how to become a man.

With THE COFFIN, Phil Hester and Mike Huddleston have successfully grafted the nineteen-fifties mad scientist yarn to a canvas drawn from the best of Lovecraftian horror. This is one of those high concept books that very easily could descend into camp or mediocrity, but fortunately that's not the case here. Instead, THE COFFIN is a moody, atmospheric piece that blends some truly haunting visuals with a fast-paced engaging storyline. If there were ever such a thing as a Friday night graphic novel, THE COFFIN would be it.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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