In Review: Robyn Hood: The Hunt #3

The premise is over, now the action begins! So much fun!

The covers: There are eight covers for fans to hunt down. Good luck, because even I couldn’t find them all! The A cover is by Igor Vitorino and Sanju Nivangune and shows Robyn looking at the reader, crouched over some prey. She’s in a forest setting, with a spectacular sun behind her. Terrific image and sweet coloring. This would be a good print. Netho Diaz and Mohan Sivakami are responsible for the fierce B cover. A bust shot of the fearsome leader of the hooded executioners graces this frontpiece. He’s sporting a massive axe to show the reader what fate awaits Robyn if she’s caught. This looks fantastic and is absolutely a fright. The C cover is the image I chose to accompany this review. Noah Salonga and Ceci de la Cruz have created a beautiful cover of Robyn gone native in the forest, armed with her bow and arrows. This evokes memories of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and Shanna. She looks terrific and the colors are outstanding. The last of the regular covers is the D is by Robert Atkins and Jorge Cortes. Four of the title character’s rogues gallery make their way through the forest in pursuit of her. Bailey Deen, one of the lizard men, one of the vampires with the split open mouths, and Giggles. They look good and the colors are true to their past appearances and don’t blend in to each other. Very nice. There are four Exclusive covers, but I couldn’t find any images of them online, so happy searching, collectors. They include the New York Comic Con Cosplay Exclusives (Limited to 350 and 75 copies) by Elias Chatzoudis, the London MCM Cosplay Exclusives (Limited to 350 and 50 copies) by Paul Green with colors by Ula Mos, the New York Comic Con ZenBox Cosplay Exclusive (Limited to 150) by Mike Krome with colors by Mos, and the New York Comic Con Foil Cosplay Exclusive (Limited to 50) by Sabine Rich. Overall grades: A A, B A-, C A+, and D B+

The story: Joe Brusha crafted this story, with it being written by Latoya Morgan. Robyn is out of the prison, having made her way to the edge of the vast forest, thanks to help from her fellow escapee. She gives Robyn a map and then leaves her, but not before saying, “Double our chances if we split up.” Yeah, she’ll return in a later issue, guaranteed. Meanwhile, back in the super prison, the head of the hooded executioners learns that Robyn wasn’t the only inmate who escaped, with the other woman not named, but the reasons for her incarceration stated: grand theft and manslaughter, in addition to being a volatile telekinetic. The women have gone ghost, leaving them no leads. Another character appears, showing the behemoths how the prisoners escaped, plus he’s got a plan on how to catch them. This is a great set up by Brusha, and Morgan gives these hunters some terrific lines before and during their pursuit of the title character. The line of dialogue on Page 10 sums up Robyn wonderfully. Several individuals are after her and “The Hunt” begins on 12. The response by a character on 15 is excellent and got me excited to see what would transpire. The writers don’t disappoint with the tussle good and a great surprise on 19. The book ends on a slick cliffhanger, with the heroine entwined in trouble. The premise is over, now the action begins! So much fun! Overall grade: A

The art: I’m really enjoying the artwork by Daniel Mainé. Robyn’s entrance on Page 1 is really good, with two small panels teasing her reveal and the third fully showing her in a great pose. Mainé does a really good job in capturing characters’ movements: look at the four panels that follow, with Robyn’s hair showing the reader she’s checking her surroundings, and the package toss in the fifth panel slick. The smile on Robyn’s face on the second page comes off as believable, given what she’s doing. The full-paged splash on 3 is fairly murky, unfortunately, with the characters difficult to see. The villains’ introduction on 4 returns the strong visuals. The settings within the prison are really detailed. Often artists focus on the characters and ignore the backgrounds, but Mainé does a great job on both. The introduction of the characters on 6 is also good, teasing for new readers what each is capable of. Robyn’s change of garb on 9 again shows that Mainé can create motion smoothly. The next page is a full-paged splash that shows the heroine’s new look and it’s awesome. When the action kicks in it’s good, with a lot happening with a ton of characters. The penultimate panel on 15 could be used as an image to identify this character for years to come, it’s that good. The design of the newcomer on 18 is cool — familiar, but with enough differences to make it exotic. A close-up of Robyn ends 21 and it communicates to the reader how dire the situation is. Closing with a full-paged splash, Mainé ends with a huge amount of movement. Mainé impresses. Overall grade: A

The colors: The color work on this book by Leonardo Paciarotti is also very strong. Robyn’s first appearance is top notch, with her suit looking reflective in the sensational rays of the sun. The reflections of the sunlight on characters and weapons are superior throughout this book. Her hair, as well as other characters’, is outstanding for having streaks or highlights to make it appear more realistic. The flesh on all the characters has some great shading giving it depth and warmth. The forest has got every example of emerald to make it stand out and not become a blob of green. The final panel on 14 has work done with water that’s beautiful. Harsh tans and yellows foreshadow trouble on 17. Browns and tans take center stage for the finale and increase the creepiness of what’s occurring. Overall grade: A

The letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios brings his considerable skills to this book in the form of narration, dialogue, a villain’s unique speech, yells, scene settings, profanity, sounds, and the tease for next issue. Esposito uses such a wide array of fonts, reading the text of the book becomes a visual treat. I always applaud letterers that have narration differ from dialogue, and Esposito does that here. The scene setting, done after Robyn changes her outfit, urgently spurs the reader to continue the tale. I like that one villain has a unique speech font to separate him from the rest of the antagonists. Esposito is always aces. Overall grade: A+

The final line: You’ll be racing through this book as Robyn escapes human and Highborn pursuers, while avoiding ravenous wildlife. The story is fun and the art cool. This is a book to hunt down. 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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