REVIEW: Nottingham #6
Book Title: Nottingham #6
Book Description: It’s 1193 in Sherwood Forest. A royal messenger is cutting through the forest with an urgent message when he is intercepted by the Merry Men. The Sheriff of Nottingham arrives and is able to get the message from the messenger. Unfortunately the sheriff isn’t able to free the messenger. After Sheriff Blackthorne leaves Robin Hood approaches the messenger, who is gravely wounded. Robin offers the messenger a deal. Give him the information in the message and death will occur in minutes. Refuse to cooperate and it could take days. The messenger opts to end things quickly. The message states that King Richard has been captured by the Romans. He is being held for a ransom of 100,000 pounds of silver. In London, Prince John is in a quandary. He doesn’t want to pay the ransom. That will ensure Richard returns promptly. He can’t look like he’s doing nothing to aid his brother either. What is one with an ill begotten crown to do?
Book Author: David Hazan
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Mad Cave Studios
Illustrator: Shane Connery Volk
- Interior Art(4.4)
- Cover Art(4.1)
As I get further and further into this series I find myself liking Sheriff Blackthorne more and more. He’s not the bad guy. He’s the guy that does the job nobody else wants to, even if it’s unpopular. I find he reminds me of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter universe. I think it’s fitting that Alan Rickman played both characters. I would love to see how Mr. Rickman would have played this version of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The first volume of “Nottingham” reads like a murder mystery that takes place around Robin Hood’s escapades. Volume two has a completely different tone. It would appear that this volume is going to focus on Prince John and his willingness to do whatever it takes to keep the crown. If Mr. Hazan can keep up the pace I’m all for it!
I liked how this cover was done. It’s a great portrayal of Sheriff Blackthorne. I especially liked how we can see everything he’s responsible for overseeing and forced to deal with. He doesn’t support Prince John; but for now that’s who’s on the throne. He doesn’t care for Robin Hood. He knows that they share some of the same loyalties though.
After reading the first volume I thought Shane Connery Volk had used up everything in the barrel to do such great work on the interior pages. I was wrong. He crushed that barrel with his forehead, cracked a new one and kept on trucking. From cover to cover every panel is vivid and intense. I particularly liked the full page of Sheriff Blackthorne on the road with his men.
As a geek on a budget I’m here to tell you “Nottingham” is the real deal. I truly believe it has the potential to be up there with some of the classics like “The Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta”, or “The Killing Joke”.