BOOM! has been teasing us with promises of a Sleepy Hollow comic for months now, and I have been not-so-patiently waiting for it. When I saw it available at the BOOM! booth this weekend at NYCC, I jumped on it, and had Marguerite Bennett autograph it for me at the same time. She told me she’d really been looking forward to writing this one, and I get the feeling that she’s just as much of a Sleepyhead as I am.
Without ruining the storyline thus far for you, I will say that it involves Sleepy Hollow’s witches more than Molloch’s demon army, and that pretty much everything you love from the Fox series is in these pages; there are several “Ichabod vs. the modern world” moments and there’s even a Ben Franklin reference. No, we don’t see Katrina, Jenny, Henry, or Irving, but this one’s a great story for the Ichabbie lovers out there: our favorite pair against the world. I’m not entirely sure where it’s going, but I love that one of my favorite shows is now available in comic format even if it is a limited run of four issues. I liked the cute mini comic at the end called “Movie Night” (written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson) featuring Ichabod and Abbie as well.
The artwork is stylistic; and not trying or a photorealistic approach, Jorge Coelho goes for a more representational view. It doesn’t look exactly like Tom Mison or Nicole Behaire’s faces, but without a doubt he has captured Ichabod and Abbie, if you know what I mean. The colors are suitably muted to capture the Halloween gothic feel that Sleepy Hollow has on TV—even the scenes that take place in broad daylight are not bright and cheerful, but muted.
The first issue felt like more of a standalone than part of a series up until the last panel, but I loved it just the same. 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts, although I’m sure Ichabod would despise such a Ben Franklin oriented rating system, especially considering that he was out in the storm with Franklin when the lightning bolt hit. Fellow Sleepyheads, go out and get this one. You won’t be sorry.
SLEEPY HOLLOW #1
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterers: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists: Phil Noto, Jorge Coelho, Noelle Stevenson, Kevin Wada, Kris Anka, Corbyn S. Kern
Release Date: October 15, 2014