- Writer: David Hazan
- Artist: Shane Connery Volk
- Colorist: Luca Romano
- Letterer: Joamette Gil
- Editors: Chris Fernandez and Brian Hawkins
- Designer: Diane Bermudez
Thanks to Mad Cave Studios for the review copy!
NOTTINGHAM is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend which takes the characters and reimagines them. In this version, the Sheriff of Nottingham is the protagonist, and Robin Hood is kind of psycho. This issue lays bare the NOTTINGHAM universe’s take on the “rob from the rich and give to the poor” element of the legend. I have to admit, the Sheriff’s reasoning makes sense.
This issue introduces yet another main character from the story – Friar Tuck. This gives an opportunity to learn more about the Sheriff’s backstory, which bears some relation to some of the Robin Hood origins (as the cover indicates, it involves the Crusades). As has been the case thus far, I enjoyed how this version of Friar Tuck differs from the jolly guy we expect.
This issue has little less action and blood than prior instalments, though there’s enough fighting to add excitement. It will be interesting to see how much the series delves into what happened during the Crusades, as that seems to have left a mark on the Sheriff.
The end of the issue teases a shift in focus to Robin Hood’s plan, which has thus far been a mystery. I continue to enjoy this take on the Robin Hood story, as it does a masterful job of bringing a dark new perspective to the well known elements of the story. The fact that I’ve seen tons of Robin Hood movies and am eagerly anticipating the next issue to see what happens next speaks volumes.
NOTTINGHAM #3 is set for release on May 12th, 2021.
Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on the 4th issue of the series.
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