The Silver Coin #1 Review

by Carlos R. on April 08, 2021

The Silver Coin #1 Cover Image
Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Lines, Colors, and Letters by: Michael Walsh
Publisher: Image Comics

Well, this book is incredible.

To have a horror series worked on by some of my favorite creators is a dream come true. And I would very much like to have my memory wiped so I could experience it for the first time all over again.

Silver Coin is a horror anthology created by Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Jeff Lemire and Michael Walsh. Each issue will tell a different horror story set in a shared supernatural world; this chapter starts in 1978 and follows a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin.

It’s a fitting, if familiar premise for this anthology, but what makes this issue so remarkable are Zdarsky’s characters. Ryan is our protagonist for this issue, and I like him; he cares about his band, is smart enough to know when an object contains magical properties and hates disco. Was I upset with him for his choices involving this paranormal coin? Absolutely. But I care about him and his band, I want them to succeed on their own or at least count their friendship and playing their music their way as a life well lived. I understand Ryan’s decisions, his drive and want for every bit of success he feels Running Red deserves. The story is brilliant, and while there are supernatural elements at play it’s Ryan’s arrogance and desire to get what he feels he deserves no matter the cost that’s the real terror of this book.

Walsh’s work is impeccable. The shifts in colors, the energy of Running Red on stage, the gore of playing with the Silver Coin, it’s all so fantastic. There’s a small detail in a panel where you can see tears run down a woman’s face as she drops her crutches and is forced to dance the hustle that haunts me now.  And there are tons of other details you might miss on your first read through, especially involving the raven. The pacing is excellent and helped between the changing colors of the book, the shifts to red are killer, especially so after Ryan becomes determined to use the Coin. It’s so abrupt, almost violent and I love it.

Vivid characters and brilliant artwork throughout, Silver Coin is everything I could want from a horror series. I’m beyond thrilled for the next issue after reading its synopsis. Do yourself a solid and add this one to your holds list.

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