As I have previously stated, on multiple occasions, I am not what you would call a horror aficionado. I was raised in a fairly conservative household, which means the most frightening thing I saw on TV growing up was Canadian Sesame Street.
Still, as I’ve gotten older I have grown to develop a bit of fondness for what can be done with the horror genre, although to this day I am fairly averse to body horror and gore, much preferring horror that plays up suspense and tension, as well as the supernatural.
Keeping this in mind, it’s pretty rare that I actually pick up a horror comic, although more than a few have found their way into my pull list as of late. One of the most noteworthy of these titles, The Silver Coin, just wrapped its first arc with issue 5, which means a new trade is going to be on the horizon soon, and I’m here to recommend you skip the wait and track down the first five issues for yourself. This series is really heating up, and you’ll want to get your copies now before the rush begins.
So with no further ado, let’s dive into issue 5, as well as talk a bit about the series as a whole.
Here’s the blurb: For the fifth installment of horror anthology THE SILVER COIN from MICHAEL WALSH, CHIP ZDARSKY, KELLY THOMPSON, ED BRISSON, and JEFF LEMIRE, the story reaches back to when the coin’s cruel curse was first minted. In a small New England village, a woman has been accused of witchcraft.
Alright, that’s a bit brief I know, but like I said, I want to talk about this series as a whole, and since the trade comes out in October, here’s the blurb for that too:
The story starts with a failing rock band whose fortune changes overnight when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Next, it helps handle some mean girls at sleep-away camp. Follow the curious token as it changes hands over centuries—from Puritan New England to the scavenged junklands of 2467—and discover how much pain a cursed coin can purchase.
Eisner-winning artist MICHAEL WALSH (Star Wars, Black Hammer/Justice League) teams with all-star collaborators—CHIP ZDARSKY (STILLWATER), KELLY THOMPSON (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), ED BRISSON (Old Man Logan), and JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS)—on this new ONGOING horror anthology series for mature readers.
So right off the bat this book has a lot going for it. For one thing, while the titular coin is a common thread throughout the series, you don’t really need to know anything about it going in. Heck, issue 5 is the first to explain where the coin actually came from, with an amazing story from series creator Michael Walsh.
What’s great about this is that anyone can just grab a single issue of The Silver Coin off the shelf and know they’re getting a self contained story, written by some of the top indie talent working in comics today. That really helps take the sting out of dipping your toes into the indie well, and as someone who has been burned before, let me tell you I know the pain.
Single issue comics are a rarity nowadays, with pretty much everything being written for a trade, and while The Silver Coin does have that narrative thread, each issue is so much its own thing that it really doesn’t matter what order you read the issues in, or even if you read every issue at all.
Plus, each issue has its own unique feel, a product of the creative team’s own personal horror background. The first issue, where a struggling musician ends up using the coin to gain fame and fortune only to have it all go wrong, would fit perfectly as an episode to The Twilight Zone. Issue 2, set in a sleep away camp right out of Friday the 13th, takes on a completely different approach, and yet both books work together as part of the overall mythos of this world.
Issue 5 of The Silver Coin is a great jumping on place, oddly enough, because it tells the origin of the coin that has been causing so many problems in previous issues, and yet at the same time knowing this info doesn’t really ruin anything in the books that come before it. They still work as stand alone stories, and even if you know what caused to coin to be cursed, how it affects each person that comes into contact with it, and the chaos that it causes, is unique to the stories themselves.
So check out The Silver Coin if you have the chance, and definitely mark your calendars for the trade that comes out Oct 6th.
Until next time, stay safe!