People! I have just recently read a comic book series, which felt as though it was made for me and is not mentioned anywhere near enough when people talk about creative indie comics. That comic is; Bulletproof Coffin. The comic is written by David Hine and the art is by Shaky Kane. Both are British born and have created, in my opinion, a masterpiece.
The comic is extremely timely, with its retro-inspired art. It is actually maddening that this book is not talked about hardly at all, it was only by the off chance that I saw it in Forbidden Planet and thought the art just looked insane, that I picked it up. Let’s take a look at my newly discovered masterpiece.
Firstly, let’s talk about the art, it is incredibly punk. Every panel feels like it could be a poster or an album cover for an 80s rock band. It has extreme violence and sexual themes, but it is drawn in such a different style; it kept my eyes glued throughout. The artist as I mentioned earlier, is a man named Shaky Kane, he has instantly become one of my favourite artists currently. You can tell he is inspired by Jack Kirby and other classic comic book artists, but there is also something surreal about the way he draws his characters. The art also reminded me of one of my favourite games of all time – Hotline Miami, which also has retro-inspired art. I have now bought multiple different books drawn by Shaky Kane because the art in this book impressed me that much.
So, what is the story Bulletproof Coffin all about? Well, it is a difficult one to explain, I have never read a comic or graphic novel which broke the fourth wall so much and really made you feel like you were going mad while reading it.
Our protagonist of the story discovers comics made by Kane and Hine, but they shouldn’t exist. He starts seeing some strange people and strange situations. From there, we go straight into the world of Bulletproof Coffin, which is an insane journey. The story moves at an incredible pace and thrives in the madness of its story from the very first page, until the last. I finished the book in one read; I could not put it down.I don’t want to talk about the story too much, as it will spoil things, so all I’m going to say is READ IT!
IF MY LAST SENTENCE DIDN’T SUM IT UP GOOD ENOUGH, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS AMAZING BOOK TO ANYONE, IF YOU ARE AT ALL A FAN OF ANYTHING; YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO READ THIS BRILLIANT STORY.