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Review – The Silver Coin #2

Review – The Silver Coin #2

Writer: Kelly Thompson

Artist: Michael Walsh

Colourist: Michael Walsh

Letterer: Michael Walsh

Publisher: Image Comics

Anthology Created By: Chip Zdarsky, Michael Walsh, Ed Brisson, Jeff Lemire, and Kelly Thompson

Release Date: May 12th, 2021

Variant Cover

Synopsis: The Girls of Summer

Part two in the saga of THE SILVER COIN from all-star creators MICHAEL WALSH, CHIP ZDARSKY, KELLY THOMPSON, ED BRISSON, and JEFF LEMIRE! In 1993, classic mean girls bully a misfit teen at an idyllic summer camp. When the teen reclaims her power after a violent encounter with The Silver Coin, what follows is the stuff of horror movie legend.

Writer: Kelly Thompson

In 1993, young Fiona Watterman (Pickle) is going to summer camp. A lover of 80s and 90s Summer Camp horror movies she spends the night before camp watching as many as she can, even as her mother asks her to stop.

At camp, the reality is so much worse than Pickle ever thought it good be, instead of mask-wearing psychopaths she meets every young person’s worse horror…a normal camp and popular girls. She gets off on the wrong foot when she has the audacity to try and sleep in the popular girl’s dorm. This makes her an easy, isolated target and the little horrors live up to the trope of playing pranks and worse on her at every turn.

Her only salvation is a campfire horror story from her councillor about a serial killer living in the woods who pops up every few years to kill random walkers or campers. Over the next few days, things deteriorate with the pranks escalating until the little bitches go too far and cut off her pigtails while she sleeps. A distraught Fiona runs into the woods and scratching herself on a branch hides in a cabin.

In the cabin, her blood splashes on a machete with the eponymous silver coin activating the power within. Thank god Fiona has brushed up on her slasher skills.

Thompson is leaning into this genre with a great flip of the classic slasher horrors, the pain that Fiona is put through by the girls and councillors that should know better can only be lived not made up. Somewhere in her head, 13-year-old Kelly Thompson is slicing up her own bullies.

Artist: Michael Walsh

Walsh is the artist and colourist in this issue, and his artistic skills in both are demonstrated in a stunning silhouette sequence when Fiona is attacked by the spirit of the spree killer.  The use of blue and blacks and just a small hint of red bring to life a hidden evil, intent on killing Fiona.  In the shadowy struggle, we are left questioning who won as we move to POV action slashing all who have wronged Fiona.

Overall Thoughts

As a father of kids who were bullied, as well as the victim growing up myself, I do love a good revenge story as in life bullies almost never face their comeuppance. This is a great short, stand alone issue of this anthology and well worth a read.

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