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PopCultHQ Comic Book Review: Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual from Zenescope (Out 5/25)

PopCultHQ received a preview copy of Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual  from Zenescope. In stores on May 25, the creative team for this new oversized issue features writing from Pat Shand, artist Larry Watts, colorist Slamet Mujiono, and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Here is PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual…


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PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review: Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual

RH2The Story So FarYears ago, Robyn Locksley was brought to Myst, a realm of swords and sorcery, to save the city of Nottingham from a great evil. After fulfilling her destiny, Robyn journeyed back to her home: New York City. There, she began to work as a supernatural private investigator with Marian Quin, a witch from Myst. Together, they have faced war, tragedy, monsters, and even the apocalypse. Now, as Marian prepares to marry the love of her life, Robyn must face the prospect of being alone once again.

This is the end of Robyn Hood and Marian Quin’s story… for now.

Robyn Hood is one of Zenescope’s most reviewed and talked-about titles so it was somewhat sad hearing the news that this highly anticipated epilogue issue closes out long-time writer Pat Shand’s run on the title. Fortunately, Pat and his creative team delivered a strong finale for the beloved heroine.

The story works well as a standalone for those unfamiliar with the series and/or character. There are really two narratives in this annual: the marriage of Marian Quin and the internal conflict with which Robyn is processing. The two intertwine nicely and give the entire issue some semblance of cohesiveness. This is a fantastic telling of Robyn Hood’s past, present, and glimpse into her future. Brilliant story to wrap up the series.

Writer Pat Shand delivers a solid story, as he always does on all the titles he has worked on (Hellchild, Grimm Fairy Tales, Van Helsing, Legends of Oz: Scarecrow, Wonderland and many more). If you are new to Shand’s writing, check out the links below to view more and follow him online.

It was cool having the return of original Robyn Hood artist Larry Watts return for this send-off. Watts shows how he owns these characters as he applies that original style that most Robyn Hood fans will recognize. The talented artist does an exceptional job at capturing the emotions Shand is trying to evoke from the cast. Colorist Slamet Mujiono does a superb job at incorporating just the right contrast, sharpness and hues on every panel. Letterer Jim Campbell is on point as always. There’s a reason why he has worked on so many titles.

Great job to the entire creative team on Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual. Though it may wrap up the series, you know Robyn won’t be disappearing from the Zenescope Universe anytime soon. She actually has a 12-issue series coming in June (more info below).

PopCultHQ’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

PCHQ 4.5


Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
(W) Patrick Shand (A) Larry Watts (CA) Roberta Ingranata
“HARD-HEARTED”
A Special Epilogue Issue
After four years, long-time writer Pat Shand is finishing his run on Robyn Hood with a special issue celebrating Robyn Locksley, Marian Quin, and all of the friends and foes that have joined them on this journey. Larry Watts, original artist of the Robyn Hood trilogy, returns for this final tale that cuts to the core of what Robyn has gone through, what she is, and what’s next for her.
In Shops: 5/25/2016
SRP: $5.99

Available Covers for Robyn Hood: 2016 Annual:


Be sure to follow the creative team!

Writer Pat Shand:

Artist Larry Watts:

Colorist Slamet Mujiono:

Lettering Jim Campbell:


The following is courtesy of zenescope.com:

What’s Next For Zenescope’s Robyn Hood?

HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA—After four years, long-time writer Pat Shand is finishing his run on Robyn Hood with a special issue: Robyn Hood 2016 Annual, celebrating Robyn Locksley, Marian Quin, and all of the friends and foes that have joined them on this journey. Scheduled for release in late May 2016, Larry Watts, original artist of the Robyn Hood trilogy, returns for this final tale that cuts to the core of what Robyn has gone through, what she is, and what’s next for her.

Following the Robyn Hood 2016 Annual, a new creative team consisting of:

Writer – Lou Iovino (Red Agent),
Artist – David Lorenzo Riveiro (Grimm Fairy Tales, Oz: No Place Like Home), and
Colorist – Grostieta (Red Agent, Oz, Grimm Fairy Tales)

will usher in a new chapter in the life of everyone’s favorite female archer with Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 (to be released June 2016). And will include cover art from David Lorenzo Riveiro, Jarreau Wimberly, David Nakayama, Mike Mahle, Richard Ortiz, and many more!

In the first issue of this twelve part mini-series, Robyn is on her own for the first time in years, going back to what she knows and loves… taking cases that pay little and make her life a living hell! New villains… new adventures… and a new creative team bring you this can’t miss new series that will show Robyn as you’ve never seen her before.

Arriving this June from Zenescope:

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Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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