Artwork: Tony Brescini
Colours: Slamet Mujiono
Release Date: December 24th 2014
This cover on the left a is variant cover illustrated beautifully by Mike S. Miller and Mohan Sivakami. The attention to detail in Robyn Hood cover art is always exceptional, no matter who illustrates it, but Miller and Sivakami have done an excellent job of capturing the seriousness of the situation both Robyn Hood and Red have found themselves in. Just looking at the cover alone, without reading any of the comic, I have a feeling it’s going to be intense, and with Pat Shand continuing on as the writer, it’s bound to be just as exciting as I expect it to.
Tony Brescini, known for his work in other Zenescope titles, proves himself, yet again, in another Zenescope title to add to his collection. From having the pleasure of reading some of the other comics he’s worked on, such as Wonderland Asylum, I wasn’t all too surprised to find the same exceptional quality embellished on every single one of these pages.
Zenescope comics are known for being gory, and this certainly does not disappoint, with the opening scene depicting a well-drawn werewolf getting his head bashed in by none other than Marian and her ‘crude, yet effective’, baseball bat. The finer things aren’t drawn in much detail, but that doesn’t take anything away from the comic, because the main things are — things integral to the storyline, such as Robyn’s bow and Red’s sword. The action scenes are drawn well, they always are in Robyn Hood books, but Brescini has done a good job of keeping up with the tradition. You can’t really tell that this issue is illustrated by a different person this month than last month, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that’s a good thing.
Last month’s issue left us on a huge cliff hanger, with Robyn and Red being pitted against each other in a fight to the death. This issue continues on from where we left off, with Robyn and Red in the same perilous situation they found themselves in last time. Robyn is equipped with her trusty compound bow, and Red with her sword, but in order to save the entire town, they first have to save themselves, and in a ring, surrounded by many spectators, that’s not going to be easy.
Robyn is awesome, and Marian proves, once again, that she has some moves of her own, but the inclusion of Red in this storyline has added another dimension to the comic. We’ve seen how she interacts with Red, they weren’t exactly the best of friends, but the writing in this comic proves just how much Robyn needs someone, every now and again, someone who doesn’t know her as well as Marian does. Red has had similar experiences to Robyn, so it’s nice to see them getting along so well, ignoring the fact that for most of this issue they’re mercilessly beating the crap out of each other, or at least trying to. Let’s face it, they’re both so evenly matched, they’re more likely to pass out from exhaustion than be knocked out by one another.
This issue is well put together: the artwork is of a spectacular quality, as Brescini has proven before in other comics, and Pat Shand continues to provide us with fantastic storylines, making this a well-rounded issue, definitely one the creative team should be proud of.
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