Coffin Comics 2016
Written by Brian Pulido & Brian Augustyn
Illustrated by Dheeraj Verma
Coloured by Sabine Rich
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Long ago a girl named Hope renounced her humanity to save her mother’s soul from eternal torment in Hell. She is transformed by insurmountable odds and tragic circumstances into Lady Death, the ravishing conqueror of the netherworld. She ruled Hell. She faced the judgment War. She joined a Dark Alliance then disappeared. It’s been twenty years. Now, find out what happened to her…
First of all what a surprise treat it was to visit the comic book store and see this among the new releases. I’ve never been able to really explain my love of the character but she’s certainly one of the most beautiful and deadly women in comics. Now that Pulido has her back and is doing what he wants to do with her, this time alongside Brian Augustyn, it seems we are in for one heck of a run.
I like how this has been handled. While still saying yes her other company adventures happened, though in this case while she’s been a magically induced slumber, they were not real encounters only dreams. Whomever is responsible for placing her in that slumber is also responsible for the dreams of adventures she remembers but never actually had. It’s a nice way to acknowledge what’s happened without erasing it or having to put it into a continuity for what’s happening now. Instead now she’s motivated to find the one responsible for doing this to her and heaven help anyone in her way.
I’m incredibly impressed with all of that has and is being handled. The maturity involved in the decision is great. I love the fact that she has a new purpose and a new cause and we have a new mystery to solve alongside her. I am so very much into the way this book made me feel. There’s a fire and a passion in her that we haven’t seen in a long time. It’s like the special something has been brought back when you didn’t even know it was missing. I think that’s the key here too you don’t realize how much better a series can be until the creator comes back and unleashes his passion.
The interior artwork is absolutely stunning! Dheeraj and Sabine have really nailed Hope and I couldn’t be any happier with just how sexy, powerful and bada$$ she looks. Then there’s the backgrounds which for me add so much ambiance to the page and the attention to detail in them is astonishing to see. The way they’ve brought Wulf, the demons and everyone else to life is uncanny in its realism. This is the kind of quality interior artwork that makes others jealous and that long for every company to have.
Don’t balk at the price here it’s a huge issue and it’s well worth the $7.99 price tag it’s 42 pages of story and art. Let’s not forget too this is the Lady Death that took the world by storm once and it looks like lightning is striking twice here!