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Robyn #1 Blue Fox Comics
  • oWriter: Simon Birks 
  • Artist: Ege Avci
  • Letterer: Lyndon White 
  • Publisher: Blue Fox Comics
  • Release Date: TBD 

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Synopsis of Robyn #1:

In Robyn #1 we meet Robyn Hood. As a young girl in Sherwood forest, Robyn is a loner with only an old monk for a friend. Do not let her age fool you Robyn is very good with arrows and can hold her own (as she will often remind people). Robyn seems to have been on her own for awhile and immerses herself in training with her bow and arrow, she does not trust anyone except for her monk friend who sends her on missions throughout the land to find mystical items for him. While going on a new mission in Sherwood forest Robyn Hood might have bitten off more than even she can chew, as she will soon find out the myths about monsters in the forest just might be real.

Robyn #1 is a great introduction to a new version of the classic Robin Hood story/character. Making Robyn Hood a young girl is a great fresh introduction to the character and should appeal well to the comic’s age seven and up target reader base. Simon Birks has written a very engaging story and makes Robyn a greatly developed character in this first issue. The character focus is fantastic and makes the reader instantly connected with Robyn and her adventure. Birks has also developed a wonderful world within this first issue that feels fully alive and fleshed out. We get a great cast of characters and a intriguing story line and really that’s all you can ask for in a first issue. Birks has done a fantastic job making a story that will not only capture the imagination of a kid, but adults as well.

Simon Birks has written a very engaging story and makes Robyn a well-developed character in this first issue. The character focus is fantastic and makes the reader connect instant with Robyn and her adventure. Birks has also developed a wonderful world within this first issue that feels fully alive and fleshed out. We get a great cast of characters and an intriguing storyline, that’s really all you can ask for in a first issue. Birks has done a fantastic job making a story that will not only capture the imagination of a kid but adults as well.

Art:

I am not familiar with Ege Avci’s art but color me impressed as Robyn #1 looks absolutely stunning. Avci has a great cartooning style that is realistic yet very cartoony at the same time and fits perfectly with the tone of this series. His style almost feels like a mix of Scottie Young’s great cartoony style, with David Aja’s minimalist yet detailed styling. Avci shows great motion in his characters when Robyn is jumping around shooting arrows she looks sleek and fast, but he also shows great characterization in characters telling the story with the characters faces and reactions. The art is just very impressive and Ege Avci has some great talent, he is someone to keep on your radar as he is going to be somebody to look out for in the future.

 

Conclusion:

I was not expecting much out of Robyn #1 but was completely blown away. The story is very engaging and can be enjoyed by anyone from kid to adult. It does not pander or talk down, Birks just tells a solid story with great characters. Ege Avci brings the book to the next level with his art, it is just all around fantastic. Robyn is shaping up to be a great all-ages series. Keep an eye out for the Robyn Kickstarter campaign coming later this month.

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