Zenescope Entertainment 2020
Written by Chuck Dixon
Illustrated by Babisu Kourtis
Coloured by Juan Manuel Rodriguez
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
Robyn, still an outlaw vigilante, and being hunted by all forms of law enforcement, now knows who is responsible for systematically picking apart her life. Still unable to show her face in public, or rely on her closest friends, she must find a way to set things right and clear her name once and for all. With her world constantly crashing down around her, and new threats popping up, will Robyn have what it takes to keep going and survive this new set of problems and punish those who did this to her?
I am thoroughly enjoying how we are seeing this part of Robyn’s life. I mean from the moment her friend and cohort was shot with an arrow and the blame was placed solely upon Robyn she’s been on the run. The fact that this hasn’t been cleaned up in one arc is fantastic to me because that means Chuck, who really is among the best writers in the business, understands that that isn’t realistic. So instead each chapter of her quest to clear her name and actually take down the real bad guy is being told in these amazing arcs.
The opening for this issue is fantastic! I used to be one of those people who hated to really clean, everything had its place and it was what I referred to as organised chaos. So being able to relate to the pair of them in that regard is fantastic though I am at an age and stage in my life where I am more than a little repulsed by what we see. There really is something about Mayor Nyguen and her rise to power within the city of New York and how she keeps amassing more and more through these underhanded dealings.
How this is being told is fantastic! The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. It allows us to follow the events along without interruption or having to wonder where anything came from. The character development that we see is phenomenal and to watch the characters grow and evolve through the dialogue as well as the situations and circumstances they encounter is great to see. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how everything works together to create the books ebb & flow.
The interiors here are gorgeous! I love how we see the strength in the linework and how the varying weights are being utilised to showcase the attention to detail. It has such a classic comic book vibe to it and yet slightly more elevated once we see all the colour work being added. I like how we see backgrounds being utilised and how they not only enhance the moments but they really flesh out scenes and personalities, bring this great depth perception, sense of scale and this overall sense of size and scope to the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a solid eye for storytelling. The colour work is fantastic. How we see the hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is wonderfully rendered. I mean to see the faces and how the colours are utilised it’s really nice to see.
I think this is one of the stronger books out there and Robyn with all her dysfunctionality we really see a complete character. I would stack her up against any counterpart and bet on her, regardless of the team or company they come from. This is what a modern superhero book could and should be!