Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood #17 Review

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood #17 Review The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Put an arrow in them first … THEN ask questions!

Creative Staff:
Writer: Pat Shand
Artwork: Roberta Ingranata

What They Say:
One year ago, Robyn Locksley was brought to Myst, a realm of swords and sorcery, to save the city of Nottingham from a great evil. Lives were lost and hearts were broken, but the war is finally over. Joined by Marian Quin – a witch has, up until now, only known the ways of Myst – Robyn returns to New York, ready to begin a new chapter in her life … This is the story of Robyn Hood.

Content (please note that portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Cabal struck first with the destruction of Robyn and Marian’s apartment, and now, it’s time to strike back. But, when some visitors show up on Liesel’s doorstep volunteering to help them to take down the organisation, they have got to wonder why. No one would want to betray the most powerful group in New York City without a reason or wanting something in return until the pair realise that what they are fighting is more frightening than anything they have faced before … or probably will ever again. And now with the new revelation of the truth behind the group, they must decide what to do next with each parting ways to make peace with each other and themselves.

However, Marian and Sam know that they will need more help than their merry band can muster and so seek out Avella, while Robyn tries to settle her own accounts by another meeting with her therapist Dupre. But as each must try to find their own answers, so each must also conclude that some questions cannot be so easily resolved without someone’s help. But, as with anything in their lives, the pair cannot help but think that someone is guiding them to the resolution which suits their needs the most and that is, of course, not the one which is the correct one. The Cabal is behind everything in this city and so, why wouldn’t they also want to guide our heroes? One can only hope that they won’t win, but they have in the past, so why not in the immediate future?

In Summary:
Wow … just WOW! This story arc has been building since the beginning of the series with seventeen issues and now it seems that it might be nearing the end. Pat Shand has woven the Cabal’s underlying fingers into everything in the city and now it seems that the tale may be coming to fruition. This issue was worth the wait, to see all of the friendships that have been established now seemingly coming to a close: Marian and Sam, Nicky and Emma & Robyn and Dupre; they all are settling their accounts for what will probably be the biggest confrontation ever and what will most likely be something that will not end well for one or more of the characters. But, hopefully everyone will come out mostly intact? However, the final conversation between Sidney and Julia makes one wonder what Shand may have in store for our heroes – ominous tidings indeed!

This issue would not be complete without Roberta Ingranata’s gripping illustrations to illuminate this trying tale. With what might be their final night before the end, all of our heroes separate so that settle their affairs and this is where the emotions of this issue come to bare. I will admit that her exquisite drawings made me tear up as I saw each character share a touching moment with their significant other, but the encounter which made me shudder the most were those pages of Robyn and Dupre; as George recalled his relationship with his patient, he at the same time also helped to renew her strength by reinforcing her importance to the people whose lives she saved. Robyn needed that hope, but then it was taken away with a few simple pages that conveyed so much pent up emotion. And then the single panel of Robyn mourning over his lifeless body – I still tremble when I see piece.

This issue was incredible. All of this occurred within a single night and we still haven’t gotten to the apocalyptic battle with the Cabal. If Shand and Ingranata can evoke this much raw emotion in the prelude … I can’t wait for the next issue with Cindy. Our favourite antihero is coming after Robyn, and we can be sure that she doesn’t want to play nice with the other kids!

Grade: A++

Rating: 16+
Released By: Zenescope
Release Date: December 9th, 2015
MSRP: $3.99

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Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood #17 Review