Zenescope Entertainment 2016
Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by J.G. Miranda
Coloured by Hedwin Zaldivar & Ceci De La Cruz
Lettered by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Last year, Robyn Hood and her friends defeated the cabal, an organization of ancient witches and wizards who were engaging in annual ritual sacrifices. However, with the cabal gone, the evil that they had been attempting to keep at bay has broken free. Infighting within Robyn’s group has divided the heroes, who are unable to prevent the four horsemen of the apocalypse from breaking free. Now, as the horsemen march, can Robyn bring her team together to take down this cataclysmic threat?
Wow Robyn and Marian still have some incredibly unresolved issues going on here. It’s affecting Robyn’s ability to think rationally and that’s going to get them all killed if things don’t get worked out soon! Pat’s characterisation and writing of these characters really is second to none as he knows them inside out. The fact that these Four Horsemen are as powerful and deadly as they are and invincible together that those assembled couldn’t even make a dent in them is something else.
I love that the kids are New York City though part of me was hoping they’d be playing a much bigger role this issue. Or at the very least find, by accident, Robyn and the others but hey that they are involved in this at all is great to see. Since they’ve left Arcane Acres i’ve been wanting them to have a series of their own under Pat’s direction and the way this issue ends with them increases that desire more than ever.
I am totally digging the interiors here. I love the attention to detail that Miranda brings to this. The way the page layouts are used with angles, perspective and the all important backgrounds (even if some are mainly colours) really help control the flow of the story incredibly well. The way they bring emotion and drama to the reader that coincides with the writing is great to see. There’s really a lot of expression and those pages where Marian does her spell yeah those are fantastic, innovative and just stunning pieces.
There’s an undeniable excitement about the story and the way that Pat brings it to life. From the infighting and the frustration of the characters to the way events unfold keep things moving at a great pace. So while you worry about characters and what they are going through personally and then to see how fractured the group is and that it actually suits what’s going on, this means that different groups go after different horsemen, is why I’m such a fan of Pat’s ability to tell a story.
I can’t wait to see if Robyn and her group meets up with the kids or if they’re just going to be a separate part of the same story. I can see it playing out both ways so not knowing while frustrating is also one of those hook reasons to keep coming back. Well aside from what we’ve seen already and how this one story has the potential to change the landscape of the Zenescope Universe forever. This is what I love about Zenescope these days, the maturity of the writing the intelligence and forethought put into it getting the reader invested on an emotional level with such strong writing, characterisation and interior artwork.