Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colourist: Slamet Mujiono
Release Date: April 1st 2015
Tony Brescini and Ivan Nunes skilfully, and beautifully present this striking piece of cover art which adorns the front cover of the newest issue of Robyn Hood. The titular character is nowhere in sight, but this cover alludes to the fact that this is going to be a Marian heavy issue, and the inclusion of the cabal spells nothing but danger not only for the leading ladies, but everyone else around them.
Continuing her run of Robyn Hood artistry, Roberta Ingranata returns to dazzle us once again with her artistic ability. Her attention to detail is spot on, as it has been for her previous two issues. The facial expressions aren’t up to the same standard as has come to be expected from this increasingly popular series, but I suppose we have to cut Ingranata a bit of slack, I mean, she isn’t incredibly experienced with illustrating comic books, and so she still has a lot to learn but I have no doubt things will improve. I have no qualms about anything else, and really, aside from the dodgy facial expressions, this is another very well illustrated comic book. Ingranata is definitely proving herself to be a very competent artist, and I am looking forward to seeing what she will create next month.
‘A plague on both your houses!’. No, but seriously, some crazy stuff is happening in Robyn’s world, and I’m not quite sure witty retorts and general badassery is enough to get her out of this mess, at least not for a while.
I’m finding it really hard to say bad things about Pat Shand, especially when he presents us with storylines like this. It’s different from the other storylines he’s created for this series, in that the threat isn’t something the dynamic duo can see to fight, its way out of their purview. Demons they can kill… witches they can fight… life threatening injuries they can endure, but biological warfare? I’m not too sure. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen — when you think you’ve managed to predict what type of storyline is going to happen next, Pat Shand throws the Plague our way, and I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s about time something like this happened, something that seemingly spells an unhappy end for the leading ladies. It’s going to be one hell of a story arc, and I will definitely be here, reading every part of it.
Overall, Shand delivers once again with a sensational storyline, the only thing that ‘lets this issue down’ is the artwork, but don’t take that to mean the artwork is bad, because it’s really not, it could just be better, and as Ingranata continues to build her portfolio, I’m sure it will. This issue marks the start of something new for the girls, and what an incredible arc its set itself up to be.
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