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"Nottingham #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Mad Cave Studios

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Written by David Hazan
Illustrated by Shane Connery Volk
Colored by Luca Romano
Lettered by Joamette Gil
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 10th, 2021

Review:

You know the story of Robin Hood, right? It was probably introduced to you through the Disney movie where the famous character was depicted as an anthropomorphic fox stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. What if instead of just robbing the rich, he brutally murdered them? That's the rough idea behind Nottingham, an intriguing new series from Mad Cave Studios.

The mysterious killer known as “Hood” is terrorizing the citizens of Nottingham, all in the name of the King. Artist Shane Connery Volk depicts this monster with a sickening mask complete with a massive rictus grin. The large teeth pierce through the shadows, creating a haunting visage that is often the last thing people see.

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This mask gives Hood an almost playful demeanor despite his heinous actions. This creates a sickening juxtaposition between how he looks and what he's doing. Letterer Joamette Gil drives this home in an early scene as Hood yells at his latest victim, his words growing in volume with each stab of the knife.

While Hood is lithe and agile, the Sheriff is more of a lumbering bear. I'd stop short at calling him the hero of this story, as he's still pretty menacing in his own right. It's like the locals are trading one mad man for another, as this hunched man seems ready to eliminate anyone that stands in his way.

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There are a handful of spots where the artwork looks a little flat, creating some awkward poses or limbs that appear too long. This doesn't take too much away from the moody atmosphere, amplified by colorist Luca Romano's work. There's a dingy quality here, really driving home the squalor these folks live in, even in the castles.

Writer David Hazan plays with the concepts behind these centuries-old characters, providing a wholly original re-imagining. It's dark and ominous while maintaining a pinch of the playful nature that has always followed the legendary outlaw, albeit a pretty bloody take. I'm curious as to where this one goes next.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
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Art: threestars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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