Ever wonder where the name Hood came from in Robin Hood lore? This book has a different twist than most. It doesn't claim reference to Sherwood Forest roots or slang words for criminal. Written by a proclaimed expert on Robin Hood history, this story digs deep into the relationship between father and son and king and country.
Over the last 800 years that this tale has been passed on by word-of-mouth and in written prose, character names change (not to protect the innocent) and plot-lines differ. For example, in this version, Marian is a recent widow. Her husband, the assassinate of Patrick of Locksley, Robin's father.Templar friar, Tuck, along with Will Scarlet, are Crusaders who have fought side-by-side with Robin.
Some things never change. Sir Guy still suffers from a bad self-image and bad press; who's responsible for the death of Robin's father.
John of Sherwood is still not little.
Like most graphic novels, the coloring is dark and ominous. I don't think pastels are ever a first choice on the color pallet of GN artists.
In some versions Robin saves the day and dies in the end. In others, Robin saves the day and lives on to serve his King and weds the fair maiden. The ending is never the prize or payoff for the reader. It is the fascinating adventure and the soul-searching struggle of evil vs. good. Goliath vs. David. Only this Davey's in green tights.