Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood: Legend #2-4 (Comics Review)

With all the Grimmverse reading I’ve been doing of late, it’d be quite easy to get lost in all of it since I’m not being very systematic with it, just picking what looks good and then going from there. It doesn’t work so well when I’m reading across the timelines and all over and in-between a massive crossover event, but I am still having a lot of fun with it for the most part. And if there’s one character that I’ve really come to like, it is Robyn Locksley, the faux-Robin Hood of the Grimmverse and the story of her damnation and redemption. She’s been one of the more consistent characters for me thus far, and that is indeed one of the things that draws me to her.

The first issue of Robyn Hood: Legend was the first Robyn-centric story I read from the Grimmverse and also the one that I really liked. I’ve read the first volume (mini-series) since then, and that too was a good story, although not on the same level as Legend #1. Still, I trucked on with the series and have by now read Legend #2-4, and they’ve all three proven to be good stories about a tortured hero looking for some good in her seemingly-cursed life. It also helps that the artwork has been very consistent thus far, because a good story can only go so far if the artwork is not good, and the artwork in Robyn Hood: Legend is quite good indeed.

Robyn Hood - Legend 020304The Robyn Hood: Legend mini-series is about Robyn dealing with Guy of Gisbourne’s great plan for his revenge on her gone wrong. He went into her world, the realm of Earth and brought back to the realm of Myst one of her enemies, Cal King, someone who had previously raped her and mutilated her in the bargain. But now Cal King, or the Sheriff as he has taken to calling himself, has slipped the leash and it is up to a desperate alliance between Robyn, Guy and the witch known as Avella to bring him down and save the realm of Myst.

In the first issue, we saw the setup for Robyn’s return to Myst, and also got an inkling of her chemistry with the other characters. Since then, we’ve seen more of Avella and Guy as the two of them split from Robyn and her group, and do their own part to save Myst. The revelations into their characters and their motivations have been most illuminating, especially in context of the first Robyn Hood story-arc, and I do find that I’m a bit more tolerant of Guy now, especially, and don’t see him as so much of a villain as perhaps I see him as an anti-hero. Avella has gotten a bit of a short-shrift in comparison, and that is somewhat disappointing since I was indeed looking forward to seeing more of her. She’s a supporting cast member in a story about Robyn, so that means she can’t get the spotlight, but I hold out hope for that in the 5th and final issue next month.

With Robyn herself, we see that much of her arc in these three issues deals with her romantic feelings for Wil Scarlet, feelings that he also shares, though they have not admitted as much to each other, fearful of what the admission might mean and cost them even. I’ve definitely enjoyed seeing this challenge for Robyn unfold, and what I like about Pat Shand’s writing is that he doesn’t keep her story restricted to just this one subplot. Robyn is also a hero in Myst, though she has been tarred with a villain’s brush in all the time that she’s been away and part of the story is also about Robyn reclaiming the status she had when she led a revolution previously that deposed a tyrant and gave the power to the people. So good stuff there.

Larry Watts, Slamet Mujiono and Jim Campbell are the artists on these three issues, just as they were on the first issue and they keep the art consistent and good. There can be a few scenes here and there where either the body language or a character’s expression don’t seem to match-up so well with the dialogue or story, but those are very few and far in-between, to be almost a non-issue. Almost. The best part about these three issues, taken together, or even the series thus far, is that Mujiono’s colours really make the art pop out with detail and with… life. There’s a bit of the cinematic in it, and that’s just too good.

Though the mini-series is ending next month with the fifth issue, it has been a good delightful read so far, and I’d recommend it for certain.

Rating: 9.5/10

More Robyn Hood: Age of Darkness; (Legend) #1.

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Posted on June 18, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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