Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood #3 (Comics Review)

When Zenescope decided to move forward the clock on all of its main titles to a year after the events of Grimm Fairy Tales #100, with the intervening time being covered in the Realm War: Age of Darkness mini-series, it was a pretty great decision for the publisher. It allowed for new stories to be told with new characters without the express baggage of an event that had been going on almost a year, and now here we are. I’m not sure what exactly is the continuity of this new Robyn Hood title, but I don’t really care since Pat Shand and Claudia Balboni have been hitting up almost all the right notes with this.

Robyn Hood #3 is the end of the first arc of this new ongoing series, and it brings things to a rather satisfying conclusion as far as I’m concerned. Pat Shand moves things along at a very brisk pace but that also allows him to setup some future arcs, and introduce the big bad villains as well, so that’s not a big point of contention. Marion and Robyn kicked a lot of ass in this issue, and it was really fun to see the two of them bond together in the end. The art is a bit too clean and lacking hard texture, but it was still good, especially the fight scenes in, about, the middle third of the isse.

Robyn Locksley is currently one of my favourite characters in Zenescope’s Grimmverse, with the only other character I hold in high esteem to be Sela Mathers, who is basically Grimmverse’s lynchpin of everything. With the new Robyn outgoing, things are looking pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned, and Zenescope has done a great thing in making this an ongoing, for however long it lasts, and I personally hope that this ongoing lasts for a good long while. Robyn certainly has a lot of potential, as this issue shows.

In the previous two issues, we saw that Robyn and Marion were hired by a local derby gang girl who was part of a small-time Wiccan group to find out why some of her friends and colleagues were disappearing left and right. The answers found were rather disheartening, but the dynamic Myst duo weren’t fazed and they tracked down the problem to a priest who doubled up at nights as a very powerful sorcerer. The new issue, out this past week, is all about the big fight between him and Robyn, who kicks ass yet again.

I’m really enjoying Pat Shand’s portrayal of Robyn right now, especially when contrasted with Joe Brusha’s take on her in Realm War: Age of Darkness, and I feel as if Pat Shand has really gotten the character down. His Marion is quite similar as well, and though she doesn’t get a lot of development in this episode, we still get to see her fun and wild side, especially in the scenes following the defeat of the big bad. That was a really well-done moment that showcased Marion trying to get herself out of Robyn’s shadow and be her own woman in the world.

One thing that this issue did really well was in setting up some of the future stories through the insane cabal we glimpse right at the end. There’s something about the big unveiling that really nags at me, since I’m not sure whether the character revealed is someone I should recognize, but either way, from a story and character point of view, this issue is really good and it has me excited for whatever is gonna happen next.

As before, the art is by Claudia Balboni, colours by Slamet Mujiono, letters by Jim Campbell and the cover by Richard Ortiz and Ylenia Di Napoli. While the art, generally is pretty good with lots of details, at times it felt as if the proper… texturing wasn’t there and that the characters were too angular and thin, especially Robyn who suffered from this more than anyone else. Still, all done and said, I really liked the magic visuals, which were great, and are shown similarly well in the cover with Marion, who just rocks in this issue.

Lots of things going to be happening soon that I can’t wait for!

Rating: 9/10

More Robyn Hood: Age of Darkness; (Legend) #1, #2-4; (v2) #1-2.

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Posted on November 3, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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