Review Robyn Hood: Wanted #1 “Dark Storm Rising”

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Robyn is on the run as police are trying to take her down for the murders she has committed. At the same time, she is haunted by visions of Cal King promising to take his own revenge against her. There are questions swirling in her head, much having to do with whether she really belongs in this world or in Myst. So she does the one thing she quite frankly doesn’t want to do. Seek out the man she had called her father throughout her troubled childhood. Meanwhile, Bree is now known as Nottingham and for the past year the citizens have been living in peace. That is until a man claiming to be the town Sheriff arrives.

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The follow-up to the surprise independent hit of the last several months, Robyn Hood: Wanted takes our anti-heroine down a much darker path as happiness and acceptance of one’s self continues to elude her. Pat Shand does a fine job tapping into the inner turmoil that troubles Robyn with regards to what kind of a person she feels she is, should be, and wants to be. He also uses just the right amount of realism and fantasy to make everything read quite nicely. There is a great deal of pain Robyn is suffering though and it is not one that can easily be fixed. Will Scarlet feels lost without Robyn around, as though his whole purpose in life revolves around her. The villains I’ve always felt were missing something and that hasn’t really changed here. Robyn’s long-time adopted father continues to be the abusive brute that he’s always been portrayed and there’s really nothing added to define him more while we’re just only getting our first look at the Sheriff of Nottingham.

robynhood01-pageLarry Watts illustrates the book in a nice way. Like Shand does with the writing, Watts uses a fair mix of realism and fantasy with his drawings. Not everything looks quite consistent with how the original series was designed and the facial expressions tend to not be pleasant to look at, though I can’t tell if this is really a bad thing given how many nasty things await Robyn. But overall, this is still a lively book where the characters move rather fluidly and there’s hardly any stiffness to their posture. One of the key factors to the success of the original series was in the colors and Nick Filardi makes sure that they continue to be richly done here. The use of light and shadow are subtle enough to make it clear that this will not be a cheerful journey.

The first issue of Robyn Hood: Wanted gets the follow-up series off to a good, decent start. Pat Shand writes some excellent turmoil facing Robyn both on Earth and waiting for her in Myst. Larry Watts illustrates the book well enough to work along with the story, though it is really the coloring by Nick Filardi that gets the job done. Fans of the original series will certainly be excited enough to pick up this book and see what happens next to our favorite anti-heroine. Newcomers, I’m afraid, should pick up the original series first before coming here.

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