Comic Review: The Silver Coin #1 (Image Comics)

Imagine you’re a rock guitarist, and the discovery of a strange silver coin suddenly allows you to play amazingly better. But only while you hold the coin. Hit the right […]

Imagine you’re a rock guitarist, and the discovery of a strange silver coin suddenly allows you to play amazingly better.

But only while you hold the coin. Hit the right notes, grab the golden spotlight. A new title, The Silver Coin #1 is from Image Comics.

Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Michael Walsh (lines, colours and letters!) take this concept and spin it into platinum. It’s a bit like the Crossroads legend involving Robert Johnson. He was rumoured to have met the Devil at the Crossroads, made a deal with him, sold his soul, and become successful.

The dialogue is rich with the trappings of the struggling musicians, playing for peanuts and being shown the door. Rock and roll is a vicious game, according to April Wine, and The Silver Coin shows us just that; the sweat, the luck, the hard knocks. Artist/ colourist Walsh gives us dark tones, solid colours, the greys, and the maroons.

This is a welcome tale, an embroidered tapestry of the old EC comics blended with fever dream graphics, the flames of fortune, fueled by magic and gasoline. Well “done in one”!

Next issue: New story, the scenario changes, and so does the writer!

Image, The Silver Coin #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Mature readers

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!