Monday, May 13, 2013

Robyn Hood: Wanted #1 Review

Robyn Hood: Wanted #1 Review
By: Jay

There are four realms connected to Earth, one of which is Myst. Robyn Locksley is from Myst, but was raised on Earth. After being brutally attacked by Cal King, she is transported to Myst where she began to discover who she really is. Her journey led her to liberate the land of Bree from the tyranny of King John. When her mission was complete she returned to Earth she took her vengeance leaving Robyn WANTED.

The land of Bree is now known as Nottingham, where a ruthless Sheriff rules and the Merry Men once again plan to rebel. On Earth while heading home Robyn has a vision of Cal King. She seeks out answers from her father, who once again betrays her.

Pat Shand is back with the next installment of Robyn Locksley’s adventures. Overall this is a great start to the next chapter in Zenescope’s modern take on the classic Robyn Hood legend.  Shand does a masterful job at using Robyn’s internal monologue/narration to catch the ever elusive new reader up to the story without making it feel repetitive for those of us who have been reading all along. While some writers make internal dialogue feel like just a device telling you information to get you from point A to point B, Shand takes that monologue and uses it to put you in the story. By placing you in the story Shand lets you live out childhood fantasies of being in Sherwood Forrest and taking on the Sheriff of Nottingham. By reading Robyn Hood you don’t just read another comic, you are undertaking an adventure. You become Robyn Hood.

I was introduced to Zenescope Comics through the last Robyn Hood miniseries. Since then I have picked up previous books and have been following current titles. For me Shand has become the Joss Whedon or Geoff Johns of Zenescope. If I see his name on a book I am picking it up. I do that because he weaves these tales that balance character development and action so you are never lacking excitement or intrigue. He keeps you tied to the story by engaging both the intellectual and creative sides of your brain simultaneously. 

Larry Watts, who did some of the art for the original miniseries, is back on art for this one. Watts’ art compliments the story by walking that line between a realistic style and a classic fairy tale style. I’m not sure if this is Watts’ regular style, or if he uses this style to give us that feel like we are walking the line over two worlds along with Robyn. He achieves this by making the people and the images in the background less detailed. He then adds details to the characters and objects in the foreground creating a more realistic style.

That is what I think about this issue. Let us know what you think in the comments and follow us on Twitter for more reviews, news and all your comic book needs.

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