Once a dutiful son and British solider, we are introduced to Ichabod Crane as the best friend of the future Headless Horseman and the day he shed the red coat for the blue. Jenny Mills is locked away in a psychiatric hospital, knowing she must hang on to her own sanity in order to save the world from itself. Rejection turns Abraham into a monster, while Henry is reborn. Even Abby’s accomplishments reveal her own insecurities.
The entire issue is well thought out and nicely paced. The writing and the art capture the world we have come to love and the nuances in speech that we have grown familiar with from the TV show. I particularly liked the “Henry” section, as the writing, art, and color really gave a great sense of his demonic roots. Like the four-issue mini-series, the colors are done by Tamra Bonvillian which add to the overall consistency.
My main quibble has to do with my own expectations. As a fan of the show, I was really hoping to discover something that I did not already know, but alas, that was not to be. There are no great revelations or secrets revealed that were not already seen if you watch the TV show. And, of course, that makes sense. I’m sure the producers are not about to reveal things about the characters in a comic, but will leave that for the TV series.
Origins gives the uninitiated a good grasp of the characters and their own personal demons, but if you want more, I’m afraid you’re going to have to tune into FOX.