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REVIEW: Nottingham Free Comic Book Day Special 2022

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REVIEW: Nottingham Free Comic Book Day Special 2022

Book Title: Nottingham Free Comic Book Day Special 2022

Book Description: The “Nottingham” Free Comic Book Day Special is a one shot that takes place after the events in volume one of the story. It’s Christmas Eve, 1192 in Dale, Nottinghamshire. Lord Harrow is hosting a dinner party for all of the nobles in the region. Harrow gives a toast and everyone drinks. Unbeknownst to everyone at the table, the drinks have all been spiked with a sleeping draught. The Merry Men were aware of this gathering and saw a golden opportunity to steal from the rich. After robbing the nobles of their valuables, one of the Merry Men kills Lord Harrow. Sheriff Blackthorne is informed of the crime when he’s escorting a friend of Lord Harrow’s to the castle. The sheriff orders the castle to be put on lockdown while he investigates. During his investigation he discovers Rose, the wife of deceased guardsman Aaron Dale, in the woods near the castle. Blackthorne speaks to Rose and is able to quickly surmise she had no part; but she knows who did. The town officials want her hanged immediately for this crime. Blackthorne pleads for them to allow him time to find the murderer. They give him until dawn.

Book Author: David Hazan

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Mad Cave Studios

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Illustrator: Andrea Mutti

  • Story
    (4.6)
  • Interior Art
    (3.8)
  • Cover Art
    (3.4)
  • Dialogue
    (4.1)
  • Mechanics
    (4.4)
  • Editing
    (4.2)
4.1

Summary

Finding the Free Comic Book Day Special of “Nottingham” at my local comic book store was a terrific surprise. Having just finished volume one, I was eager for more. Mr. Hazan doesn’t disappoint with this issue.

We get just as much intensity as before. We also get to see another side of Blackthorne. It wasn’t personal with Robin. It was about justice. He’s loyal, empathetic, and cares about the people he’s sworn to protect. I like this Sheriff Blackthorne.

The cover artwork is very striking. The Merry Men are an intimidating lot to begin with. Somehow this depiction makes them look even more frightening. I also liked how it is relevant to the story. 

The interior artwork is terrific. It meshes perfectly with the story. You can feel yourself shivering when Blackthorne finds Rose in the snowy woods. You feel the intensity when Rose is in chains. This is all because of magnificent artwork.

As a geek on a budget I loved the first volume of “Nottingham” when I paid for it. Getting this one shot for free on Free Comic Book Day makes it a no brainer. If your local comic book store doesn’t have any copies available don’t fret. Digital editions should be available on ComiXology shortly.

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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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