Well here is a first for my Needy Mule Comic Blog side of my website, I get to preview a comic book.
HEADLESS is written by Alex Banchitta with art by Robert Ahmad.
There is no date for release yet but this is certainly a comic you want to keep on your radar.
It’s a horror adventure set in a small town during the 1980s. A mysterious death prompts concerns that the demon Headless Horseman has returned.
The premise is certainly an interesting one and the first issue does well to set up the main players in this saga.
Perhaps at times the dialogue gets a bit heavy and in places could have done with it being more punchy. I can understand the need to cram as much into the first issue, especially for an independent publication that certainly needs the reader returning for that difficult second part.
And believe me the final panel will have you wanting more of this story.
Whilst I hate comparing stuff to established works, that does seem the way of the world for reviews nowadays. So, fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things or Image’s Paper Girls will definitely like the mood that develops throughout this issue.
The art is fantastic; the use of colours and stylised characters are very reminiscent of the late, great Darwyn Cooke; but you can also see influences from other artists such as Frank Miller and Cliff Chiang, which when mashed together has its own unique quality.
So, a strong first issue which sets up the rest of the story with the requisite amount of mystery and intrigue that bodes well for the rest of the series.
I would rate this 4 stars out of 5….Wait a star rating is so last year.
Ahem…. I rate this 6 Mules out of 7. That’s right, I have created a whole new system for assessing the quality of a comic book.
It’s my blog, I can do what I want!
Anyway keep a look out for Headless by Banchitta & Ahmad.
Until next time Mule fans.