Review: Robyn Hood #6
One of the main indicators of success by any series in the Grimm Fairy Tales universe is its proximity to the main story lines in the flagship series. As the series started to build its shared universe, the quality of the writing fell especially as the unique format of storytelling disappeared. It is not so much that it is a poor decision overall for its creative direction, only that it brings along a lot of unneeded and often distracting material with it. When the series focused only on fairy tales, there was a simplicity to it, but then it expanded to nursery rhymes, other legends, works of literary nonsense and mythology from the real world. To wade through the entire universe often requires a complete immersion, not a series by series reading. Of course there are exceptions to this (such as Wonderland) but the shared universe as a whole is more of a burden than a bonus.
Sitting in the middle of this shared universe is Robyn Hood. The character has already been given her own monthly title, which in itself is rare at Zenescope where the stories have a tendency to be told in miniseries. She is inextricably linked to what is the worst part of the Grimm Fairy Tales imbroglio, the realm of Myst, and despite this the series till somehow manages to be the best of the lot. By comparison to for instance the story telling in the Cinderella miniseries which was way below average, the story telling here is mostly just average. It is nothing special, but also nothing bad. In this particular issue, both Robyn and Marian set out for some help from the things that ail them and bother them, but in both cases it leads to a case where they need more then just intervention, they need to choose to act.
By comparison to the other series from Zenescope, this series is a step above, but compared to the medium as a whole it is mostly forgettable. The characters are not bad, as the writers add in some characterization where they can, but as with elsewhere in Zenescope, the writing is flawed by forced dialogue and individual stories that lack the ability to grab the reader. Still they are likable enough, though maybe not enough to keep this series going for long.
Story: Pat Shand Art: Jaime Salangsang Jr.
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass