In Review: Robyn Hood: The Hunt #2

Robyn makes her escape and readers will enjoy her flight.

The covers: Robyn has obviously gone through a lot of trouble to appear on this cover, as she’s covered in blood and sporting a wicked blade. She’s in an industrial setting, given all the metal and concrete shapes behind her. This A cover is by Edgar Salazar and Ivan Nunes and it’s the image I chose to accompany this review. On the B edition, Ediano Silva and Grostieta show Robyn surrounded by some of her foes in the prison courtyard. This was an excellent idea for a cover, but it’s too busy. Additionally, Robyn is looking down, rather than at her opponents. The colors are done appropriately, but it’s difficult to find a focus. Cheesecake is to be had on the C by Alfredo Reyes and Ceci de la Cruz. In the shower, with her privates covered by some steam, Robyn looks behind her to see an antagonist emerging. Nicely done by Reyes, with the coloring by de la Cruz excellent on her skin and the steam. The final regular cover is the D Netho Diaz, Thiago Gomes, and Jorge Cortes. Robyn is turning a corner, expecting to encounter a villain, but instead sees nothing. That’s because the monster that’s pursuing her is behind her. Good expression on Robyn’s face and I like that only the creature’s hands and eyes can be seen. Good coloring on this as well, with the greens giving it a good technological feel and the grays on the creature making it seem ancient. The Toronto Fan Expo Exclusive (limited to 250 copies) is by Dawn McTeigue. This has Robyn wearing a tight Blue Jays baseball top, revealing her belly and some cleavage, and tight baseball pants. She looks great as blue fireworks go off behind her. Cute. There’s also a Toronto Fan Expo Exclusive (limited to 150 copies) by McTeigue, featuring the same art with a few changes. The background has an explosion of violet fireworks exploding behind Robyn, and her top has become sheer, showing off her attributes a bit more. Cosplay Exclusive (limited to 350 copies) is by David Nakayama and it has a definite Harry Potter flavor. Robyn is on her knees, wearing a white long sleeved shirt, a green tie, a blue skirt, and white stockings. She’s sporting a wand that has some sparkles. The figure stands out upon a black background that has only a crescent yellow moon. This is terrific! Baltimore Comic Con Exclusive (limited to 350 copies) is by Jamie Tyndall and Ula Mos is a stunner with Robyn dressed in a modern take on Captain America’s uniform. Behind her is a bear wearing some armor, while a little bald eagle stands before her with a gun that’s too big for it’s tiny wing-hands. This is fantastic and the colors are bold. Worth tracking down! Overall grades: A A-, B C-, C A, D A-, Toronto Fan Expo Exclusive (250) A, Toronto Fan Expo Exclusive (150) A, Cosplay Exclusive A+, and Baltimore Comic Con Exclusive A 

The story: When last seen, Robyn was in a high tech, maximum security prison being hung by some of the guards. Joe Brusha conceived this installment, with Latoya Morgan writing it, and neither leaves Robyn in this predicament for long. She swings against a wall as she’s hoisted up, kicks off it, and wraps her legs around a guard’s neck, breaking it. Hitting the ground, she begins to free herself, just as another guard pulls a gun. Normally in my reviews I describe the first four pages, but I’m stopping here so as not to spoil how she escapes, because it is a good surprise. The real power behind the prison is revealed and why she received assistance from an unexpected source. With her now in the know as to how to get out of the facility, the book becomes a waiting game for the protagonist to make her move to leave the prison. Her cellmate tries to make friends, again, but Robyn is not the trustworthy type. An assault occurs in the shower, with someone getting the point that’s not the place to try to take the title character down and a scuffle in the courtyard. When the escape does begin it’s exciting, as several new antagonists are introduced whose sole job is to “Secure the facility!” I’m really looking forward to seeing what these characters are capable of. This was enjoyable for having every possible trope of a prison story included, though with highborn enhancements. The story moves quickly and has me eagerly awaiting the next issue. Overall grade: A

The art: Daniel Mainé’s work on the visuals is good. He moves his point of view around often, making exposition scenes interesting and the action exciting. For example, the first page has Robyn looking as though she’s out for the count with a tight panel on her closed eyes. However, the next panel is the same size, though the heroine’s eyes have opened wide, signaling she’s about to go into action, and she does. There’s a neat three panel sequence at the bottom of the page having the reader focus on Robyn’s foot, because she’s going to use it to free herself. The reaction shot of the guard at the top of Page 2 is a good set up to his eminent death, and Robyn’s disdain for what she had to do at the bottom of the page is equally well done. There’s a graphic death on 3 that’s well done in silhouette, with the reveal of the killer outstanding. That said, I do wish that there had been a background behind the characters in the final panel. Pages 6 and 7 take place in cramped quarters, but Mainé makes it interesting by moving between the characters. The first “must have” scene in a prison saga occurs on 8 – 10 and kudos to Mainé for keeping the characters hidden during the attack. The top of 15 is a neat way to show a lock down, of a sort, on the characters. This makes the top of 17 better because the opposite is shown. 18 is a full-page splash of the chaos that’s beginning and it’s great. The action in the third panel on 19 is difficult to make out: I have a general idea of what’s been done, but can’t be sure. The full-page reveal on 20 is outstanding — that’s how to make an entrance! As cool as these characters look, the close-up on one of them on the final page of the book is difficult to make out. There’s too much shading done to make out the face. I’m happy with the majority of the visuals, though there is an occasional speed bump. Overall grade: B+

The colors: This book has a very florescent color scheme courtesy of Leonardo Paciarotti. The shine from Robyn’s prison togs is reflective, with her emerald stripes really standing out. The work on Robyn’s hair throughout the book is terrific, with it really looking sharp at the bottom of Page 2. Steam is shown through colors on 8 – 10, with the blues enhancing the locale, though the lack of backgrounds in a few panels makes it seem as if the scene is taking place in a snowfall. The colors explode off the page when the action begins in the courtyard, with yellows and oranges becoming dominant. Overall grade: A-

The letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios creates narration, yells, dialogue, sounds, transmissions, and the tease for next issue. I’m glad that Esposito is on this book because he’s able to differentiate narration from dialogue and his yells come in many different styles, showing that the characters’ utterances have different levels of being screamed. The sounds are also sweet, with SHUNK, SHRIP, and KRAASH being outstanding. Overall grade: A

The final line: Robyn makes her escape and readers will enjoy her flight. The story hits every prison trope for fun effect and the visuals are enjoyable. Prison was never so much fun. Overall grade: A-

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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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