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REVIEW: Nottingham #8

Book Title: Nottingham #8

Book Description: In the last few issues of “Nottingham” we’ve learned that King Richard is being held captive for a ransom of silver. Prince John isn’t keen on freeing his brother. To keep the court of public opinion at bay, John places the responsibility of delivering the ransom and returning with King Richard squarely on the shoulders of Sheriff Blackthorne. By doing so publicly Prince John distances himself from any accusations should ill fate befall Blackthorne’s caravan. Once behind closed doors, John gives the order to bandits to attack the caravan. Robin Hood is aware of the impending attack and comes to Blackthorne’s aid in his time of need. This creates an unnatural, but necessary alliance to see the proper king back on the throne. In the eighth issue of “Nottingham” we find our heroes in the English Channel. They’re faced with quite a conundrum. Clearly they were sold out before they left England. Does that mean they will have Prince Philip waiting for them when they dock in their intended destination? To avert this possibility Hood and Blackthorne agree to dock in a different location. To their surprise, Prince Philip is already there. The party fights their way through the French and finds a good hiding spot. The French seem to be on them moments later. This cycle repeats itself for days. The party is exhausted. Their numbers are dwindling. Something has to give. In a private discussion Robin and Blackthorne come to the conclusion that they have a traitor in their midst. Someone is leaving a trail to be and followed. What is the best way to flush out a traitor?

Book Author: David Hazan

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Mad Cave Studios

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Illustrator: Shane Connery Volk

  • Story
    (4.8)
  • Interior Art
    (4.4)
  • Cover Art
    (4.2)
  • Dialogue
    (4.2)
  • Mechanics
    (4.7)
  • Editing
    (4.4)
4.5

Summary

Volume 2 of “Nottingham” has been hitting it out of the park. Issue number eight is no exception. We are continuing to get twists and turns. We are learning more about the supporting characters. This is the Robin Hood story we’ve deserved for decades.

This is the third in a series of connecting covers for this title. I’m thrilled with how none of them have had the distractions that come with pieces of the adjacent covers’ artwork carrying over. 

The artwork on the interior pages has been spot on. Barring a change in the creative team, I see no reason for that to change. When the line work and coloring are this good, why would you want to?!

“Nottingham” has become one of the titles that I look forward to reading. So much so that I have found myself putting off reading new issues so I don’t finish the series too quickly. As a geek on a budget I believe this series is one of best bangs for your buck currently available in comics. 

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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