Review: Robyn Hood – The Hunt #1 (of 6)

Robyn Hood has finally managed to take down the monsters and villains that have plagued her beloved NY.  So you would think she would be due to some “time off for good behaviour”.  You of course would be incorrect in your assumption, as Robyn is transported to a maximum security prison where she will have to fight for her life.

Over the course of her various adventures, Robyn has succeeded against a wealth of enemies, creating her own personal devils run of bad guys.  Well due to her incarceration, you may well see a familiar face or two.  Once in the prison, Robyn’s traditional outfit is replaced with a slinky black number complete with electronic bondage cuffs, that neutralise powers, as she looks to survive against those that want her dead and those that want to be her friend.

LaToya Morgan, the writer on shows including Turn and Shameless steps up to the plate.  Not being wholly new to Zenescope, Morgan puts Robyn through the prison stereotypes in the traditional Zenescope way.  By that I mean, there are elements of flesh on show and with that black skin suit showing of her curves, it comes to no surprise that she garners so much attention.  For the most part, the dialogue works as you’d expect, crossing the “t’s” and dotting the “i’s”.

Salvatore Cuffari provides the pencils and inks for this issue. By now, whether you love ’em or hate ’em, you know what to expect from Zenescope art.  In this case, Robyn’s figure is constantly on show, with her attributes changing practically in every panel.  Yes, I am aware that perspective is in play and yes, I like attractive women.  What I sometimes have issues with is salaciousness for salaciousness sake.  Putting that to one side for the moment, Cuffari’s art is a tad softer at the beginning of the book before getting  a harder line, reflect the change in environment.  There are also some strong panels, page 11 with the big bad being a prime example.   It is a shame then that the art is inconsistent in places, with the dread perspective problems on show when Robyn finds herself in odd poses.

Zenescope are aware of their place in the industry and I have said on more than one occasion, that their books are somewhat of a guilty pleasure.   The may well be those who bemoan the obvious element of the female led book, but I am very much a believer that if you don’t like a book, writer, artist or even brand of comic, simply do not buy it and walk away.

Writing – 3 Stars
Art – 3 Stars
Colors – 3 Stars

Written by; LaToya Morgan
Art by; Salvatore Cuffari
Colors by; Leonardo Paciarotti
Published by; Zenescope

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