Writer: David Hazan
Artist: Shane Connery Volk
Colorist: Luca Romano
Letterer: Justin Birch
Editor: Brian Hawkins
Book Designer: Diana Bermúdez
In the company of unlikely allies, The Sheriff makes his way to Rome on a ship. Whilst out at sea, he and Robin Hood have a discussion about their aligning goals and what that means for their current relationship, or rather, acquaintanceship. Soon their discussion is interrupted with murder most foul, and the discovery of a stowaway aboard the ship, but it turns out to be the Sheriff who plays a somewhat heroic role this time, though not to be mistaken for weakness.
Meanwhile, back in England, the Merry Men have set in motion new and horrific plans under the command of their new leader. Marian confesses to Friar Tuck that she feels she is in danger, and royals are being slaughtered to send a message. What more will happen in Hood’s absence? What will happen when they reach Rome?
Only time will tell…
Carrying on a cracking story as always, this issue leaves the reader in further suspense. Flashbacks to the crusade give us some idea of what could happen, but in truth, the brilliant team at Mad Cave always know how to exceed expectation and surprise us with twists and turns across every page.
As the story progresses we continue to learn more and more history about these brilliantly designed characters, as even the Sheriff is not so transparent it seems, as he reveals a lot to Robin about why he did what he has done since returning from the crusade. This gives the characters incredible depth, making that much more enjoyable to read, as nothing seems as simple in this story as just the usual ‘good vs evil’ that we get in most Robin Hood adaptations and reimaginings.
The team of artists continue to deliver highly strong, violent imagery and horrifically impactful panels, that drives this story and really makes the whole series stand out from any other re-imagined Robin Hood project in history. It’s dark and twisted but never forced. It never feels like the imagery is forcibly gruesome. It only ever feels spot-on for the tone of the story and helps bring the whole world to life.
Nottingham #7 is another cracking issue that leaves me wanting more, more, more. This is without a doubt one of the best Robin Hood stories I have read, and I cannot wait to see how the stories unfold and the characters evolve. Something is building up, I can feel it, and I cannot wait to see what it is.
Nottingham #7 will be available from May 11th, 2022!