Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review - GFT Robyn Hood I Love NY #1 (@Zenescope)


"I'm moving forward. I really am."

In most eyes, living the life of fairy tale is all sunshine and rainbows. Some fairy tales aren't so happy though and Robyn of Zenescope fame doesn't really get to live a very happy fairy tale. And despite her best efforts in GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 from Zenescope, it looks like things won't get any easier for her. The issue is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by David Lorenzo Riveiro, colored by Grostieta and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Kicking off a new chapter in the life of New York's most badass archer.
She's back! On her own for the first time in years, Robyn goes back to doing what she does best: taking cases that no one else wants, even if they make her life a living hell! New villains and new adventures await in this can't-miss new series that will bring you Robyn as you've never seen her before!

The core of GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 is something of a reluctance on the part of the main character to accept no longer being a hero. Iovino emphasizes this point in Robyn's approach to the day-to-day, but it's clear she's not yet over helping the helpless. His dialogue bolsters this claim and Robyn gets plenty of opportunity to be introspective as she contends with what life has to offer her. The pacing of the issue is pretty solid as well, as Iovino doesn't rush things just to get Robyn where he wants her in terms of the plot. Robyn is certainly no less effective as a fighter, but the question remains as to whether or not the city wants her in such a capacity.

Riveiro's artwork is pretty sound throughout. Robyn still maintains her look despite not being clad in the more medieval trappings of other issues. Riveiro also infuses the city of New York with plenty of detail that makes it a character as well and befits the title of the series. There are quite a few pages where plenty of action occurs in the city and Riveiro handles it well through a series of inset and overlay panels. Grostieta's colors skew green in a way that makes Robyn stand out and gives the entire book a greenish hue.

GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 is a look at one of Zenescope's newest heroes in a slightly different way. Robyn is no longer the hero she used to be in the eyes of many, but that won't stop her from doing what she does best. Iovino's plot is pretty straightforward and characterizes Robyn in a way that's inviting to both new and old readers. Riveiro's illustrations are clean and show off a combat-capable lead character. GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 is a good first issue that sets the tone for the remainder of the series.

GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 is in stores July 6.

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