Picture it! Nottingham, 1194. With its Sheriff still reeling from a recent loss, Nottingham hosts a grand tournament and Gisbourne is intent to use it to root out Hood and the Merry Men.
In this issue, all the plotlines that have been running throughout this fantastic series start to get tied up. Again, that’s start to get tied up and, just like this whole series, in ways that you were not expecting. Author David Hazan writes up another shocking, entertaining, and super violent issue of this bizarro Robin Hood tale. This series has taken the comics world by storm, nobody saw this coming, and the books have skyrocketed in both demand and price, and with good reason-this series is unique, it’s a story that hasn’t been told and it’s really freakin’ awesome! But, beyond all that is the fact that Hazan really knows how to tell a story, This issue has got great beats, a sub-plot that’s just as, if not a bit more, interesting than the main plot, a fantastic reveal, and it’s clear that Hazan keeps the artist in mind when writing his stories.
Speaking of artists, Shane Connery Volk has done his usual exquisite job bringing this story to life visually. This issue is probably the most ambitious, art-wise, and Volk goes leaps and bounds beyond what any other artist would have done. In an issue where he could’ve gone easy on the details or backgrounds, Volk leans into them both hard and what he puts out is a comic that you just want to stare at for hours. This issue is wall-to-wall action, and it’s drawn in a way that it’s never hard to tell what’s going on and you can almost see the movement on the page. Another essential issue.
Another excellent issue, that will leave your jaw on the floor and you'll be counting the days till the next issue. And, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't remind everyone that this title is not not NOT for kids.
ADVANCE REVIEW: Nottingham #4: Betrayal is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
- Writing - 8/108/10
- Storyline - 8.5/108.5/10
- Art - 8.5/108.5/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 9/109/10