"Robyn Hood: The Curse #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Zenescope Entertainment
Written by Chuck Dixon
Illustrated by Julius Abrera
Colored by Robby Bevard
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 4th, 2018
A crazed billionaire has unleashed the ancient Aztec god Quetzalcoatl on an unsuspecting San Diego. It’s a little early for Comic-Con, buddy. The monster looms in the sky, ready to feast on the souls of those fleeing for their lives below. Our only hope is in Robyn Hood and Marian. Oh, and there might also be another giant monster on the way. More on that later.
I think I would have paid more attention in my Ancient Mesoamerica class in college if Julius Abrera drew Quetzalcoatl in my textbook. This is a fierce flying dragon with giant feathered wings. Its head is snake-like with huge fangs and a slithering tongue that darts out in front of its victims. Although it has no arms or legs, it is no less terrifying.
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The other monster that comes in ties in to some of the other open areas of Robyn Hood: The Curse, like Marian’s partner, Sam. As creepy as Quetzalcoatl is, this creature is even more unsettling. It’s a Lovecraftian beast made of tentacles, spikes, and teeth. Its mouth looks like a threshing machine with rows upon rows of razor sharp teeth. Anything that enters is huge maw is not coming out alive.
The battle between these two monsters is larger than life, especially as they’re fighting over a replica Aztec temple. Colorist Robby Bevard creates a fiery backdrop as the sky changes from a bright orange to a lightning-fueled blue.
Sam came into contact with some ancient evil that turned her into something different. Something dark has possessed her body. Letterer Taylor Esposito uses an alternate blue font for her speech that gives off a vibe in line with the Aztec deity floating above.
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It’s made abundantly clear that Robyn is outmatched here. She has a bow and arrow. This is why Hawkeye wasn’t in Avengers: Infinity War. There is little to nothing she can do against Quetzalcoatl aside from maybe serving as a distraction to buy Marian some time.
This final issue of Robyn Hood: The Curse ties up the dangling plot threads, like with Marian’s partner, Sam. She shows up looking like a goth princess and ready to throw down. I would have liked a little more information here, as it feels rather rushed. While the final fight scene is epic, it leaves a lot of questions. We don’t get much of a denouement, as the comic – and series – ends mere moments after the final blow is struck. I will say though that if this is the kind of supernatural antics Robyn can get herself into, I’m very much looking forward to her further adventures.