The legend of the Headless Horseman returns, but is it something that should stay buried? Read on to find out.
The official description from Zenescope:
In the small town of Tarry Town, New York the story of the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow has become something of Myth and Legend. A legend that is about to become all too real. When a prank goes deadly wrong those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a horrifying revenge that none will ever forget.
When someone seeks to take a literary classic and re-invent it for a new generation, it can be a very slippery or even unstable prospect. There are plenty of missteps that can be had as fans of the classic might not deem the re-invention to be a worthwhile follow up or even a suitable extension of something they consider to be more than fine on its own. But thankfully going along with the track record that Zenescope has built, this creative team found a unique enough angle and simply attacked it in a way that offered-up an interesting narrative.
Dan Wickline simply nailed a very solid first script. There were overused character tropes that are symptomatic of stereotypes that have been long in use with literary works be they books or comics, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter that they got used, because the author gave them enough plot to set themselves apart. The beginning was a little rocky but by the end you will find yourself as a reader very eager for the next release, in what could be an engaging series moving forward.
AC Osorio handles the art and he does a fairly good job delivering a solidly consistent style that more or less carries the narrative along. Characters are slightly deformed, the backgrounds are detailed as the whole of the world offers an almost chaotic feel. The total visual experience seemed to be leaning toward a more off-balance non-horror motif that more than allowed the story to form its own unique identity and find its own footing.
Sleepy Hollow #1 had a rocky start but an excellent finish, and for that reason this first issue earns a very solid recommendation.