Sleepyheads, do you remember a kinder, gentler time before #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter (okay, so not really gentler, but you get the picture)? A time when Irving was still in charge of the SHPD, when Katrina was still in purgatory, and we didn’t know just how crazypants Henry Parish was? So do I. More importantly, so do Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Coelho, and they are taking us back there.
Sleepy Hollow #2 ties into the story line about the Witches of Abaddon the first issue gave us without being chained to it, introducing a new baddie who had contact with the witches (and he’s terrifying in his own right). More importantly, this issue gives me everything I was missing from the first issue. Henry Parish is part of the story although we don’t actually see him, Irving makes an appearance (giving the killer line “I give you and Crane authority to look into all this weirdness”), and perhaps most importantly, Jenny Mills is there in full BAMFness. The Sisters Mills and their teamwork are a key part of this issue, which I love—Bennett and Coelho let these strong women stand on their own. Katrina is here, although she is in the background of the storyline, and Ichabbie shippers rejoice, there is plenty of banter between our favorite OTP. The only thing missing from this is a Franklin reference, and since the issue is so full of awesome otherwise, I didn’t even miss Ben that much. As I said in my review of issue #1, Coelho has a knack for capturing the spirit of the characters even though he’s not doing a photorealistic style; Jenny’s strength, Abbie’s tenacity, and Ichabod’s inquisitiveness all shine through in his drawings and Tamra Bonvillain’s colors. And I seriously wish Fox would hire Bennett as a writer (or at least a consultant) for the series, as she’s got the characters spot on. The creative team has ensured that issue #2 is everything I hoped for from this series. And the short “At the Fair” comic by Noelle Stevenson at the end is adorable; icing on the cake.
Long story short, I am absolutely in love with this series. I am getting them all in hard copy despite my limited storage space, and if BOOM! doesn’t give these a longer run than the initial four issue arc that we’ve been promised, I’m going to be sorely disappointed. Bennet and Coelho create a wonderful extension of Fox’s Sleepyverse, and I want to live in it year-round. 5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
SLEEPY HOLLOW #2
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterers: Jim Campbell
“At the Fair” Written & Illustrated: Noelle Stevenson
Cover Artists: Phil Noto, Jorge Coelho
Release Date: November 19, 2014