Review: Robyn Hood #1 (Zenescope)
By: Erin DeBorba
Ever since I was little, I loved the stories of the original Robin Hood, the man hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. The man who gave people a future, even though he risked his own. From the stories, to the Disney adaptation of the story, I was always a fan. So when I heard that the Zenescope team had started a new project, Robyn Hood, I was thrilled.
Robyn Hood is the story of a woman who has taken on the role of a thief, so that she could support her broken family, however, little does she know, that her whole world is about to turn upside down.
Issue one of Robyn Hood opens up with a car accident, and quickly flashes back to a fight scene between a man from Myst, one of the Realms connected to Earth, and a warrior woman. Once the battle is over, the man, now known as Shang, finds a baby girl. Although his superiors are against it, Shang is determined to find the baby a home, and does just that.
This baby girl, however, ends up living a life of thievery and darkness. Her mother is sick, her father kicks them out, and she ends up having to take on more than a girl her age should be able to.
We are then taken to a scene in Myst, where a villager asks a favor from a powerful woman. After telling him that the person he seeks is not ready, and to be patient, we switch back to the life of the girl, unknown at the time. Being in high school, she faces challenges of being alone, having people not like her, and more. After standing up for herself against a group of bullies, our heroine steals a car and takes off, leading us back to the opening scene.
After being hospitalized, sued, and thrown in jail, our heroine is then pulled into a portal via the powerful woman from before. Though before she can find out who she is, an arrow strikes her heart, and soldiers surround them.
In a closing scene, the soldiers ask what her name is, and before the end of the issue, she claims, “My name is Robyn.”
Not only does this comic keep you on your toes, wanting more and eagerly awaiting the next issue, but also the artwork is stunning, colorful and eye catching. Pat Shand does an incredible job with the story, and his artists and the Zenescope team do a great job as well.
Keep an eye out for my review of Robyn Hood Issue #2.