After dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with the SHPD’s Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head-on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they’re glad something good seems to be happening for once. No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow…
As a fan of the television show, being able to get more Sleepy Hollow other than my weekly dose is something I’ve been looking forward to since the series was announced. The tricky part is that the television show isn’t a monster of the week show (for the most part). Instead it’s a continuing storyline of Ichabod and Abbie’s battle against evil, and attempt to stop the apocalypse. For a while, I thought the show would be a bit more like The X-Files with some slightly different characters. When it comes to the big picture, the show does that, but it skimps on the monster of the week mysteries that made The X-Files so much fun. In steps the comic book….
As a fan, the first issue of the comic is decent. It doesn’t quite hook me like the television show, and interestingly shows off some of the issues that can come up translating characters from one entertainment medium to another. Nothing about the comic is bad, in fact it fills in the needed monster of the week type story that’s missing from the television show. What’s interesting is the actors. Much of my enjoyment of the show is actor Tom Mison’s portrayal of Ichabod Crane. His acting, and line delivery are a lot of the fun of the show. As a comic, that aspect is missing. Of course I attempt to to recreate that in my reading, but I’m no Tom Mison.
Overall though, the story is a solid one. It has a nice one and done aspect to it, something that lax comic fans, or folks who have never seen the show, will enjoy. You can pick up the comic, and have some enjoyment in reading it and move on. The art too is pretty solid capturing the look, and even some of the physical style of the actors. The art also captures the general style of the television show. There is an issue in that the style doesn’t play off some of the ethnic diversity of the show. Instead some characters just look like darker colored characters.
Similar to problems I’ve had with the comic depiction of The X-Files, Sleep Hollow is entertaining, and a good adaptation, but when comparing the two, I’d rather have the live action version.
Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Jorge Coelho
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review