Graphic Novel Review – Robyn Hood, volume 1 (2013)

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Robyn Hood, volume 1
by Shand, Watts, & Metcalfe
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Zenescope

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The Robin Hood legend is probably my favorite of all time. The concept of a noble who forsakes his title and money in order to help the needy is a classic literary trope, but it is one that still stands the test of time; it hits on a primal nerve in most people and therefore resonates in the hearts and minds of the majority of society. This is one of the main reasons I am betting Zenescope’s ROBYN HOOD will be a major success in the comic book world.

If you are not familiar with ROBYN HOOD, here is the series’ plot synopsis courtesy of the Zenescope website:

In the lands of Myst a tryant rules the city of Bree with an iron fist leaving its citizens living in fear and terror. But all hope is not lost when one man takes the first steps to finding the one person who might save them all. Meanwhile on earth Robyn has had a troubled life for many years since her mother’s death. In and out of foster homes Robyn now finds herself transferred to a high class high school filled with the rich and over privileged. But when Robyn crosses one of the popular kids she will learn first hand the extent of torture they are willing to go to against those who transgressed against them.

This is a comic series that I’ve waited a long time to see: an imaginative, unique retelling of this classic myth. And it comes complete with a few unexpected twists; for example, in this version Robyn is a female. Also, the realm in which it is set exists in a parallel dimension. These might sound like drastic differences, but they actually work to enhance the story.

ROBYN HOOD is written well, with sharp dialogue and a crisp storyline. I mentioned the twists above, and I absolutely love how they fit into the story. I can honestly say I’ve never read an alternative Robin Hood mythos before, but I’m hooked.

The artwork is superb, and it’s a major reason to check this series out if you are not interested in the plot. The attention to detail is painstakingly precise and it shows in each frame; a lot of care is put into the images, which helps to enhance the story as it plays out.

ROBYIN HOOD is a definite win for me and I highly recommend it. The first compilation in graphic novel form is available now, and I understand a secondary sub-series is in the works as well, so be on the lookout. The legend of Robin Hood might be ancient, but this retelling breathes new life into it. Give it a look for sure.


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