Artwork: Jaime Salangsang
Colours: Slamet Mujiono
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Cris Delara, a relative newbie in the world of comic book cover art, has done an exceptional job with this cover. The woman looks lifelike, the colors blend seamlessly into each other, and the attention to detail is astounding. No disrespect to any of the other artists who have worked on this comic series, nor those who have provided the cover art for the previous issues, but by a landslide, this is the most impressive cover for a Robyn Hood yet. In fact, it’s one of the best illustrated Zenescope covers I’ve seen. Kudos to Delara for providing such an outstanding piece of work.
As we know from the past few issues, Marian’s magic doesn’t quite work the same here as it does in the Myst, and she can’t quite understand why. Magic is a big part of what makes her who she is, and it seems like that part of her is slowly fading. With Robyn sneaking around behind her back, Marian takes it upon herself to figure out exactly why her magic isn’t working, and the answers she finds are not what she was expecting.
Week after week, Pat Shand has provided us with gripping storylines. Both the magic-learned Marian and the trigger-happy (so to speak) Robyn move the story as far away from the original Legend of Robin Hood as possible. This fresh take on their characters is what keeps the story interesting. Shand’s writing breathes new life into a dead legend, allowing Robyn to surpass the old Robin. As much as I enjoyed his ‘stealing from the rich to give to the poor’ mantra, it’s time for a change. Robyn Hood provides just that.
Jaime Salangsang provided spectacular illustration, despite having but a few issues in his portfolio. Robyn closely resembles Tony Brescini’s work from the previous issues, as does Marian, right down to the facial expressions. What sets this apart artistic wise is the detail in this issue. Brescini was good, don’t get me wrong, but Salangsang overall has my vote. He ha done a fantastic issue on his first Robyn Hood issue, and I look forward to seeing the quality of artwork he produces next.
Zenescope comics are consistently getting better, with Robyn Hood being a stellar example. The entire Grimm Fairy Tales collection is fantastic, giving readers an interesting spin on classic tales. This is no different. Pat Shand produces riveting storylines issue after issue. And although the art is not provided by the same people each issue, it’s mostly of an exceptional quality.
Marian battling to control her powers was something I’m sure most of us saw coming from the very beginning, and something that is sure to continue for another few issues at least. It’s interesting to see Marian as the centre of attention for a change, as her struggles have been pushed to the back quite a bit over the past few issues. And while I was glad to see Marian have more story, this issue just isn’t as good as the last. It lacks the action that I’ve come to expect and love from a Robyn Hood comic. Plus, the usual snarky comments made by our leading ladies are seriously lacking this time. It’s not a terrible issue, but it’s definitely not their best. But with such an important reveal in this issue, I have hope that things will pick up again in next month’s issue. I’m willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt, and say this issue probably needed to be slow for a reason. It just didn’t work for me. Nevertheless, I’m certain Zenescope will be able to come back from this lackluster issue, and Robyn will be back to entertaining us with her snark and wit next time.
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