Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Release Date: 15th October 2014
In case there was any doubt, the makers of this comic have plastered all over it that ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is from the Fox Studios TV show and they helpfully bring you up to speed. Ichabod Crane has awakened from a Revolutionary War battleground, where he died, in the present day. His resurrection is tied to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and together with a no-nonsense cop, he will fight to save the world. Everyone with me? Now, I watched the first few episodes of the show and wasn’t impressed – it’s essentially Buffy without the humour or charm, banking too heavily on Washington Irving’s wonderfully Gothic creation to hook people in.
But what of the comic book? I suspect it is aimed at a younger audience than me. Much younger. As is the TV show probably. Some women in Sleepy Hollow are possessed by something that grants them supernatural powers for a short time before becoming a ‘creature’. Crane and Abbie discover that 100 witches were killed in Sleepy Hollow during the witch trials and somehow their ashes are getting into the water system and into these women. Some horrendous evil is trying to bring back the 100 witches. It’s actually not a bad read and if you are a fan of the show and young, then you’ll probably love it. It just doesn’t bring anything fresh with it. The art is solid and clean – nothing special, the story is just another story – nothing special and the novelty of having an anachronistic character is always good for a few jokes. But novelty runs out pretty quickly.