Zenescope Entertianment 2019
Written by Ben Meares
Illustrated by Babisu Kourtis
Coloured by Juan Maneul Rodriguez
Lettered by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Robyn has been taken in by a mysterious captor, but they will soon show themselves as anything but a mystery—and may well prove useful in Robyn’s quest to clear her name. Meanwhile, the true origins (and purpose) of the Vigilante Hunter Squad, as well as Mayor Nyguen’s identity, are revealed, and it all will spell certain doom for the Big Apple. Will Robyn, be able to enlist the help of the creatures, crazies and criminals of the Underground, or will they enlist her into an early grave?
Now this is all kinds of crazy bonkers and it's gloriously done. Finally we have the pieces of the puzzle before us and while I wish I hadn't learned as much as we have in this manner it certainly puts a new spin on what's going on. I say this because I would have preferred being with Robyn as she learned about the woman out to seek her doom, however, since we got what we did that'll work out well too. Ben is doing a sensational job in how he is crafting this book and how he is weaving the tale through the layers like this.
I am a fan of how this story is being told. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfolds as well as how the reader learns information is laid down extremely well. I like how we traverse through the story and how we see the past and present come into play with what will be forthcoming. The Mayor her associate, Emmett everything we see is laid out for us with a clear cut purpose, much of which we aren't privy to but that's how the intrigue factor comes into play instilling the desire to see more. The character development is phenomenal and there are moments that I feel Robyn needs to have more than ever before. The pacing is strong and as it takes through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way is amazing. The overall structure here with the ebb & flow we see makes this an exciting read.
Babisu's work on the interiors here is really nice to see. He has a tremendous eye for storytelling which we see through the linework being utilised through it's varying weights to bring us this level of attention. The first page alone is worth it's weight in gold because the detail we see blows my mind. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels is fantastically done. How we see the backgrounds, which are exquisitely rendered, utilised in the composition in the panels bring us this great depth perception, scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book. The colour work is gorgeous to see as well. I am extremely appreciative of the way we see the various hues and tones within any given colour utilised to create shading, highlights and shadow work. The knowledge of how colour works and which shades will come through is mindbogglingly represented here.
Robyn has earned her place in the superhero genre and has made herself more relevant than any other archer we see in comics today. She's a great female lead as well as the kind of role model that we could use more of. Yes she's damaged, has more issues than Time Magazine but she still strives to be the best version of herself she can be. Plus she actually cares and goes after the bad guys so yeah this a premiere superhero book folks.