NOTTINGHAM #5 – The End is the Beginning (Hazan, Volk, Romano, Gil) Mad Cave Studios

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Through its five issue run, Nottingham has been a unique take on the Robin Hood legend. The Sheriff of Nottingham is the hero of the series, while Robin Hood and his merry men have been cast as the bad guys. Each character has been given a unique twist on how they are commonly depicted. This issue brings the story full circle and manages to connect this disparate take with the Robin Hood story we are all familiar with. In doing so, it manages to make the story feel even more relevant. Frankly, it’s brilliant.

This issue picks up where the prior issue left off. As such, there’s still plenty of fighting to be had. As has been the case throughout the series, there’s a fair amount of blood spilled in the fights. It’s well executed and strikes a great balance of conveying the brutality of combat without being over the top. Given the amount of blood (and some cursing) parental discretion is advised for younger readers.

I must admit, I’m sad that Nottingham is a limited series, as it has impressively managed to bring a fresh, dark take on a well-tread subject. However, the benefit of this approach is, you can be sure to get the complete story in five issues. Hopefully if enough people give the series a chance, the creative team will bring us another story arc. If not, I’d love to see their take on other popular legends like King Arthur.

NOTTINGHAM #5 is set for release on July 21st, 2021.


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