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Since the birth of man, eternal life has been one of the species' greatest dreams. For Dr. Ashtar Ahmad, it has been more than a dream; it's been a lifelong obsession. And while he has not conquered death's rule over the body, he has found a way to keep the soul alive - a complex suit that houses the inner being of the deceased and allows them to go on living. When a groupSince the birth of man, eternal life has been one of the species' greatest dreams. For Dr. Ashtar Ahmad, it has been more than a dream; it's been a lifelong obsession. And while he has not conquered death's rule over the body, he has found a way to keep the soul alive - a complex suit that houses the inner being of the deceased and allows them to go on living. When a group of unknown assailants come of Ahmad's research, the doctor is caught in the crossfire, and his only chance at survival is an untested prototype of his most prized invention. But when the megalomaniacal tycoon responsible for the break-in kidnaps Ashar's daughter to use as a bargaining chip in acquiring the groundbreaking discovery, the good doctor must discover how to stop his enemy and keep his soul intact. Can he make up in death for his misdeeds from life? A mix of classic science fiction and superhero comic books, The Coffin points in the direction of the bold new future of the genre-driven graphic novel....

Title : The Coffin
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ISBN : 9781929998166
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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The Coffin Reviews

  • 47Time
    2019-02-14 12:30

    The premise is pretty basic, but the execution is very respectable. A scientist's research allows him to gain immortality. His financier wants it, even if he has to kill the scientist, but is defeated in the end. There are emotional moments in the book, primarily when the doctor analyzes his new state. There is basis in real-life science, but ultimately the story is sci-fi in nature, with some drama thrown in. It's fast-paced to keep pretty much anyone interested and has black and white, but dynamic artwork.Ashar Ahmad has been developing a strong, impermeable polymer. He is a brilliant, but cold man who cares little for his own child. This fact upsets the child's mother, also the doctor's assistant. The research is valued greatly by the man who finances it, Mr. Heller, a man who has undergone multiple translants to extend his life. He sends a man to appraise Ahmad's willingness to remain in his service and finds that the doctor is ready to defect. His research can be picked up by other, more loyal, scientists, so he sends his hitmen for the doctor. In the last moment of his life, Ahmad is shown the true afterlife: custom hells to punish each type of sinner. He also meets his wife's spirit - she was killed by the hitmen - whose only thought is the child she left behind. With his last breath, Ahmad is able to get to the side project he has been working on: a construct made out of his polymer that mimicks the human body, called the coffin.(view spoiler)[Given Ahmad's appearance - the coffin is humanoid in appearance, but still intimidating - he calls on an old colleague, dr. Bell, to go to her, but he gets captured by Heller's men. In an interesting twist, Heller wants to adopt Ahmad's daughter to have control over her father. When the latter finds out, he decides to go after Heller, even though he is uncertain where his anger is coming from. He convinces one of Hellers hitmen to go aganst his employer and saves his daughter in a most emotional scene. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-07 13:38

    The artwork was what really drew me to this book: amazing imagery! The story is what I give 4 out of 5 stars to. I think the underlying concept is pretty interesting (and the main villain reminds me of Kurzweil with his obsession with living forever haha) but I feel like the story could have been taken farther. In some ways, I have to consider that this is a very short book: only 4 comic-book issues long, so there's not a whole lot of room for in-depth explorations or lengthy story... So its a give and take.I know this might sound picky, but I didn't find myself swept away with the interpretation of death which this book offered-- I know it's a lot to ask that some very deep chord-striking, chilling but true-sounding vision of what death is really like is a lot to ask-- but I feel like that's exactly the ground this book was treading on, and this is kinda what I would most ideally expect from works treading on that ground. Oh well. It makes me think on Swamp Thing, a comic in which, much like this work, a scientist dies and his body comes back to life through the experiment he had been working on-- in Swamp Thing, I found this ultra-amazing exploration of psyche and subconscious going on, at the moment where that transition between human and plant is happening. A moment between soul and machine occurs in Coffin, and the author makes an effort to illuminate that boundary with words-- but I just didn't feel swept off my feet like I would have liked :)

  • Aaron
    2019-01-18 16:28

    Thrilling, smart, and full of big ideas about life and death. I flew through this book. The characters aren't given a ton of time, but what they're given works. The exploration of the soul comes across very manga, and pulls a lot of emotion and introspection out of a potentially trite idea. The plot moves swiftly, not wasting time with too much exposition. It's all laid out, and all you have to do is go along for the ride.

  • Kylie
    2019-01-29 11:36

    The artwork is stylish, stylised in a realistic, mature way; no balloon-breasted women and steroid-abusing men here! The story is...fine, but it suffers from a samey feeling. It feels like something you have read or seen before (for me it drew Darkman to mind). It was a pleasant read but it's not going to set the world on fire.

  • Curtis Schofield
    2019-02-11 08:32

    Well executed - amazing art - thoughtful story - original concept.I want to give it 5 stars - but -- i can't - I'm a hard man.

  • Paolo Macri
    2019-02-06 16:22

    This story was very interesting and the idea behind it was good, it just almost felt like there were parts of the story that were rushed, but i can understand why otherwise their would be an entire issue that would talk about Heller's making of his 'Coffin Army'. But it still felt weird and kind of rushed. I still really enjoyed this graphic novel and would recommend it to anyone who's into the medium as I know that this stand alone novel as somewhat of a cult following, and I will probably read it again myself, but some of it for sure felt rushed. Also some characters accepted situations almost right away, where normally people probably wouldn't. An example of this would be when Ahmad goes to visit his old partner for help while he's already in the coffin that he created, and his old partner just accepted it right away and didn't ask any questions in regards to if his partner's soul was really trapped in the robot in front of him, or if it was just someone trying to deceive him. I did really enjoy watching Keen backhand Heller's head off his shoulders though. That was super sweet.

  • Krystl Louwagie
    2019-01-28 14:43

    You know, I'd never heard of this graphic novel, and according to librarything, not that many people have it-so I didn't have too high of hopes for it. Although, I was very happy when my mom surprised me with a graphic novel from a library book sale-that doesn't happen very often! Anyway, the plot here is an interesting one-the main character is a scientist working on how to be immortal. More specifically, he's making a suit that you go in before you die, and when you die, it traps your soul in it-so you body dies, but your soul stays in this "coffin" suit. Well, the scientist thinks it's a great idea, until he actually experiences it. This graphic novel is about death, the fear of death, life after death, and living up to what we did while we were alive, etc. (Yes, reminiscent of Mr. Freeze in Batman, a bit.) Plus, the tagline mentions Frankenstein-and I can see the comparison in some ways-and we all know I love Frankenstein (or, you should know that if you do indeed know me :p) It's interesting and well done, with interesting characters as well, in my humble opinion. The drawing is decent, but layouts were even better-and shading was good, too-some very neat visuals of the world we experience after death, for sure. Overall, I was pleasantly impressed and will be keeping it on my shelves! :D

  • Matthew Purnell
    2019-02-16 15:39

    I had originally read this book approximately ten years ago when it was first collected into a softcover trade paperback book, but this new 10th anniversary hardcover edition was definitely worth borrowing from the library in order to read "The Coffin" a second time. There is a brilliant narrative voice that runs through the entire story, the author wants you to hear what he has to say as much as the artist wants you to see and feel the texture of the objects he's drawn. Even though this comic book is done in simple black & white, the expression and substance on the pages comes to life as vividly as anything done in color that I've ever seen. The philosophical study of "life after death" and "what makes a man" is analyzed within here to a great extent but not so much to the point that it becomes overwhelming. Overall, this was a very enjoyable book to both read slowly & thoroughly while also taking to time to examine the artwork on each page. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in picking up a great sci-fi/horror comic book who also enjoys some "heavy" reading mixed in with their pulp-type story setting.

  • M
    2019-01-26 16:17

    Doctor Ashar Ahmad has spent his life seeking a way to cheat death. With the revelation that his polymer suit technologies can capture the soul at the moment of death, Ahmad's usefulness to his employer is over. Forced to return in his steampunk bodysuit upon the destruction of his entire lab, Ahmad must come to grips with an existence beyond life - and the continued safety of a daughter he has never known. Intriguing premise that could use the chance for a lengthier leg stretch.

  • Lindsey.parks
    2019-01-23 12:39

    This book was just so....imaginative, weird, odd, enthralling, crazy, and endearing. This truly blew me away. I haven't read a lot of comics but these mos def has reached the tops of my list. This was entirely too short and the perfect length at the same time. Great art, great everything.

  • Sergio
    2019-01-22 08:15

    This one has everything going for it. A compelling premise, exceptional storytelling and pacing and very good drawings. The black and white coloring gives the art even more depth and impact. Very good.

  • Anthony
    2019-01-20 13:42

    Really, really good. Excellent graphic storytelling and a perfect length for an origin story. It's been 10 years since the 4-issue arc was published, so this is beginning and ending. That is the only thing wrong with this amazing book.

  • Brittany
    2019-02-17 08:23

    "Really, what's the good of being a power-mad tycoon of you don't have the toys to match?" - Heller. Very dark. I like

  • J.S.
    2019-01-23 13:33

    This book should average 5 stars and maybe more. Anything less is criminal. It's the most emotionally powerful illustrated story that I've ever read.

  • Ikea Monkey
    2019-02-06 13:45

    Original concept, great execution, and character development. The art is laid out beautifully and it is done in a very original style. I also really liked the movie.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-01-17 13:22

    Ni idea de por qué to-readeé este libro pero la tapa parece bonita, así que queda ahí hasta nuevo aviso.

  • Sean Chick
    2019-01-29 15:29

    Wonderful art combined with a rousing pulp story populated with great characters. The ending seemed a bit rushed though.

  • Daniel Elkin
    2019-02-01 15:17

  • Zanne
    2019-01-27 09:18