Issue by Issue – Supernatural Thrillers #6

Writer – Gary Friedrich
Artist – George Tuska
Inker – Jack Abel
Colours – Glynis Wein
Letters – Artie Simek

With their take on the Headless Horseman, Gary Friedrich and George Tuska begin this book with a man named Duke Durbano reciting the story to his best friend’s kids. Said friend is deceased after being killed by a gangster’s henchmen though part of him also thinks it could be the Headless Horseman as wild as that might sound, his friend talking about that particular horror before he passed away. For whatever reason, Durbano cannot let it go and it consumes his thoughts throughout the entire story. After a bomb is sent through the window of his friend’s house, he chases down those responsible but manages to get grazed by a bullet, getting thrown from his car and knocked out for a minute while those who are speeding away get chased down by that storytime boogeyman the Headless Horseman and killed off. Durbano sees it for a second before he wakes up in the hospital, not believing it and yet unable to disbelieve it either. A little investigation takes him to Bullinger’s office where he finds the costume that he had been dressing up in and as Durbano makes his way back to call the cops, deciding to cut through Sleepy Hollow to save a little time, he is chased by whom he believes to be Bullinger in the costume though once it all comes to an end, the mystery of who it might have actually been as Bullinger was dead, remains. Out of all the issues in this series thus far, this was the weakest yet. It was not terrible and it did provide enjoyment with some great artwork by Tuska but it was too complicated for the short amount of pages that were present. Durbano’s friend is killed, he falls in love with his friend’s wife, the friend was killed by Bullinger for some reason that is never explained and Bullinger himself is in love with the wife which is also never explained though it might have provided the motive for the killing and yet where does the wife fit into all of this. Never mind the Headless Horseman, there is so much drama going on that is not properly spelled out it takes a little away from the horror that is supposed to be the predominant factor in this book thereby hurting it in the end. All in all, it was okay, but Friedrich who is usually a solid writer lets the reader down a little with this one.

2.5 out of 5

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