|Robyn Hood – The Hunt #3
Written by: Latoya Morgan
Art By: Daniel Maine
Colors by: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters by: Taylor Esposito
Robyn has finally taken down the monsters and villains that have plagued New York for far too long. Now, with the streets safe again, Robyn unfortunately isn’t going to get to enjoy them. After being transported to an otherworldly, high tech, maximum security prison, she must fight for her life from some of the very creatures she has placed there. Will she survive with enough of herself intact to get back to the city she calls home?
This is the setup and premise for Robyn Hood The Hunt. yes a trope we have seen many times with other superheroes, but one I was excited about with one of my favorite character’s go through this type of challenge. A woman with a kick but no nonsense attitude testing her steel all on her own and coming out stronger and a better hero on the other end. But, I don’t feel that’s what we were given.
The Robyn in this story is not the confident hard edged warrior form her previous incarnations. She’s timid and unsure of herself. Almost a total polar opposite of her character so far. She whines about the situation she is in and acts afraid of the villains that are chasing her. What happened to the Robyn Hood I use to know?
One of the biggest complaints in comics is when heroes act “out of character” for the sake of moving a story forward. This usually happens in a big cross over book, one of the biggest examples being Spider-Man in Civil war doing a lot of things out of character for the sake of the story. But the issue here is that this Robyn Hood in her own book acting out of character.
I understand that Pat Shand is no longer writing the book, and this is Latoya Morgan’s interpretation of the character, but it leave a lot to be desired in my opinion. I will say that art is on point. Daniel Maine does an excellent job with the character design (his women have realistic bodies and are not overly sexualized) there is even some creative panel use to help depict motion and story. At one point a villain is chasing Robyn and things get turned on their eat and the panels depict that for a second. I really enjoyed the creative use of the art in this book. The color is also strong and very well execute in this book. The characterization is where my issue is.
When you love a character and they act differently for the sake of a story it’s always disappointing. I am going to continue reading this story, and hopefully it will get better, but for right now I don’t see that happening.
So to sum up strong art, descent concept, bad characterization on that I give this book 6 out of 10 capes. Perhaps I’ll give a recap of the whole series once it’s finished, but for now if you love Robyn Hood like I do you may want to steer clear of this one.
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