Robyn Hood #4 cover

Robyn Hood: The Hunt #4
Story by: Joe Brusha
Written by: Latoya Morgan
Art by: Daniel Mainé
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment

Review by Dean Zeller

This review contains spoilers of Robyn Hood #4, by Zenescope Entertainment.

Looking at the cover for Robyn Hood: The Hunt #4, my very first reaction was “Oh look!  It’s a female Green Arrow.”  I’ve been a fan of Green Arrow since the Mike Grell days when he dropped the trick arrows, so I already have an in with the character.  This could be both good and bad.  I already feel I know the character.  She wears green and uses a double-composite bow.  She is already similar to Green Arrow, who is essentially a copy of the original Robin Hood from literature.  So this Robyn is a copy of a copy, named after the original.  With all the copying going on, you’d think people would be sick of it.

Green peas in a pod.
 

I, however, tend to like well-done copies.  I enjoyed Kevin smith’s rendition of having two heroes named Green Arrow.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Tom DeFalco made a career of making copies of Marvel heroes; say what you want about Thunderstrike, Spider-Girl, and Fantastic Five, but Tommy-Boy increased Marvel’s net profits by 500% by doing this kind of thing.  And people loved DC’s New Blue Superman, even though it would have looked cooler with roller-blades.  So I don’t mind copies, as long as they are well-done.  The problem with copied characters is that readers expect them to be as good as the originals, and scrutinize the character more when it doesn’t meet their preconceived vision of the character.  So our girl Robyn already has controversy with all this before I even see the cover.


 
Stan Lee, eat your heart out.

With that in mind, off to the review.  I like to start reviews with a background on the creators.  Joe Brusha is credited for the story, with Latoya Morgan with the writing.  Joe has worked for Xenescope since 2005, with great success with the Grimm Fairy Tale line.  He has already written over 100 titles in a dozen years.  I previously reviewed his Grimm Tales of Terror #9, giving it a B+, so I trusted the name so far.  Latoya Morgan is a newcomer to the comic book scene, starting in 2014 with Grimm Fairy Tales presents and Grimm Tales of Terror.  This is her first series for Robyn.  Daniel Mainé is even more of a newcomer as a comic creator.  Before his work on this series, he only had previously published issue, a Robyn Hood one-shot.  However, I never look at inexperience as a bad sign; it shows that Zenescope is willing to hire new and fresh talent.

Like any good comic book company, Zenescope provides a “what has gone on before” paragraph on the inside cover.  It showed that the story wasn’t too complex, and set the stage for this issue.  She is in a high-tech prison, fighting for her life from those she put in there previously.  The story then opens with Robyn sunbathing casually in the city, only to realize she is only daydreaming, as she was captured by a big plant-monster at the end of the last issue.  After narrowly escaping, Robyn grabs her bow (sans arrows) and takes a cool splash-page pose in the sunset.  I’m a sucker for splash-page poses.  So far, so good.

Pose in the Sunset
Pose in the Sunset

 

Pose in the Night
Pose in the Night

Robyn continues to evade the bad-guys.  Having no arrows, she needs to improvise, so she grabs a claw hammer.  I wish I could have seen just how she was going to use it.  I was hoping she would shoot it like an arrow, similar to Green Arrow’s boxing glove arrow.  But it turns out that Miller, one of the bad guys, is on her side and helped her escape, but he was discovered and taken care of.  I would probably have had a better context of his character if I had read the first three issues.  In the end, she was captured by another character, Zoe, who also has history with Robyn.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the issue.  There was nothing I didn’t like, and at no point was I bored with the storyline.  Morgan’s writing was fluid and understandable.  Her characters were down-to-earth, well-designed, and participated in a most excellent adventure.  I was quite fond of the artwork, particularly in the facial expressions and female body proportions.  Oftentimes female proportions are overly exaggerated in comics, but Robyn and the other characters looked just fine.  Mainé is definitely a name to watch in the future.

I believe I’m on the road to becoming a Robyn Hood fan, if past and future issues are as good as this one.  I’m not giving the book the highest rating possible, simply because there weren’t too many eye-catching totally intense Oh-My-God moments that I like to experience in comics.  But it was a most excellent tale, part of a bigger story.  I will continue to follow Morgan, Mainé, and Robyn in future comic publications.

RANK: A- / 4½  stars out of 5 / Thumbs Up

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