In Review: Robyn Hood: The Hunt #5

Robyn gains a familiar ally and faces several foes. A page turner!

The covers: This penultimate issue has six different covers that fans will have to hunt down. The A cover by Josh George and Ivan Nunes and it looks great! Robyn is in her typical garb, but up to her knees in water as she strides thought a jungle setting, her bow in her hand as she looks around her for danger. She looks great, but the setting is equally strong. The colors on this are also tops; they could have drowned the image in emeralds, but every element of the visuals stand out. This is the cover I purchased. The B is by Sheldon Goh and Sanju Nivangune has Robyn holding a spear, leaping down upon a familiar foe, that sadly doesn’t occur in this issue. The characters are good, the composition good, and the colors are strong. If only! You tease, Zenescope! The cheesecake cover is the C by Alfredo Reyes and Ylenia Di Napoli. Robyn has risen out of a pool in the jungle before a waterfall. As she pulls her hair back, her camouflage bikini is easily seen. Not in the issue either, but I ain’t complaining. The final regular cover is the D by Anthony Spay and Grostieta which has Robyn being pursued by two guards in hovercrafts, who are throwing a net upon her. Nice action in this frontpiece and the characters look great. I like that Spay had Robyn looking at her pursuers, rather than just running forward confidently. The colors are also aces, with some great work on the jungle setting. There’s a Cosplay Exclusive (limited to 350 copies) by Mike DeBalfo and Ula Mos and a Holiday Exclusive (limited to 500) by Derlis Santacruz and Ceci de la Cruz, but I couldn’t find images of them online to review. Sigh. Overall grades: A A, B B, C B, and D A

The story: This penultimate chapter, crafted by Joe Brusha and written by Latoya Morgan, starts with Robyn in dire straits. Fellow fugitive Zöe has turned turncoat and captured her, to present her to the guard that’s been following her. Complicating the situation is Zöe’s capturing of the guard, who happens to drops his device that binds the fugitives. Robyn, who’s released, picks it up and points it a another pursuer, who is now bound. Robyn then rightfully confronts Zöe who tells Robyn she captured her because it was only way to save her. This confrontation takes a surprising tun when a character is revealed on Page 6. The reveal made me very happy, because I’m a fan of this individual. The three characters are soon on the run again, not wishing to be recaptured, and they head into a cave that hides their exit. One of Robyn’s foes is in there, there’s a battle, and then things go horribly wrong with an arrival on Page 14. The last few pages were a let down, as the hunt is over and Robyn is put in a situation that just doesn’t make sense; I just can’t wrap my head around why the villains would do this to her. It lends itself to having some outstanding visuals and having every antagonist get a chance to take her down, but it’s not a believable moment for this location or series. I’m still looking forward to seeing how this wraps up, but this one avenue in the story seems like a wrong turn. Overall grade: B

The art: The visuals on this book are pretty sharp. Daniel Mainé begins with a close-up of Robyn and pulls back to show her predicament, bound in magic and hovering above the ground, while Zöe looks at her pursuers indifferently. I like how Zöe’s pupils grow when she’s using her powers, almost completely obsidian; it gives her a spooky edge. The reveal on Page 6 is a full-paged splash and it shows one of my favorite characters, at least half of this individual, combined with that of another, making it both humorous and unsettling. The reunion that follows is good, ending with a nice punch. The trek that the trio makes on the following pages is really well done, with the setting strong and the action excellent. The conflict that occurs is really good, with the villain looking appropriately freakish and the panels’ size and shape making the fight speedy and exciting. The reveal in the fourth panel on Page 13 is too disguised; it’s not clear enough in the visual to see what it is that’s frightening the character. The panel that follows it doesn’t help too much, but it is at least identifiable as a bladed weapon. The full-paged splash on 14 is great — that’s how villains should enter a room! I appreciated that the panel that follows this because it clearly shows where all the characters, of which there are now many, in relationship to each other. This allowed the action to be more believable. Page 16 looks as though it was drawn by someone else because the male character looks completely different from all the other characters previous shown. The visuals improve after this as the setting changes. The characters look great and the setting, though more suggestive than concrete, looks fine. I want to see what Mainé does for the opening of the final issue. Overall grade: A-

The colors: Leonardo Paciarotti makes this book very bright. The violet that has captured Robyn stands out on every page it’s used and is an an excellent visual sign that Zöe’s powers are being employed. The characters in the foreground are just a titch brighter than the background, making the reader always focused on the book’s players. The reveal on 6 has some excellent blues to show the change. The yellows for the setting on Pages 8 and 9 are great, and I love how the fifth panel uses this color so superbly along with white. The action sequences in this locale’s interiors often go orange-red to make the characters pop, especially the color challenged villain. The final four pages employ yellow and orange well, including some light flares. A solid job. Overall grade: A

The letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios’ own Taylor Esposito creates narration, dialogue, whispers, sounds, yells, a villain’s unique speech, a previous villain’s unique speech, and the tease for next issue. Letterers who use a narrative font that’s different from dialogue show themselves to skilled in my book, and Esposito most definitely is. He does this wonderfully for Robyn, and all else he brings to this book is strong. The two villains who have their own unique font makes them further separated from normal characters just by the visuals of their speech. There’s quite a bit of yelling in this book and Esposito uses several different fonts to show there are many different levels to the characters’ exclamations. Esposito can do no wrong. Overall grade: A 

The final line: The story takes an odd turn, but the rest of writing is good and the visuals strong. Robyn gains a familiar ally and faces several foes. I really want to know what happens next! A page turner. Overall grade: A-

To order a print copy go to https://shop.zenescope.com/products/robyn-hood-the-hunt-5

To order a digital copy go to https://www.comixology.com/Robyn-Hood-The-Hunt-5/digital-comic/598774?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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