Robyn has finally made it back home after several crazy adventures. When she searches for Smitty, she finds something coming to haunt her. Check it out in Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home by Zenescope Entertainment!
ROBYN HOOD: HOME SWEET HOME
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artist: Ismael Canales
Colorist: Juan Manuel Rodriguez
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: David Wohl
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 12th, 2022
Previously in Robyn Hood: Robyn Locksley was tricked by Smitty into doing training in the Montana wilderness and then took on the Hellfire Club. After this journey of pain and heartbreak, she returned back home to get some rest. But first, she must pay a visit to Smitty to figure out why he tricked her in the first place!
Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home starts with a flashback about when Robyn’s mom died, and she had to live with her Uncle Clyde and Cousin Megan. As Robyn meets Smitty, Uncle Clyde suddenly manifests in front of her. Robyn remembers when Clyde abused her and Megan. She eventually ran away from home but left Megan to deal with her abusive guardian as a child. In the present, Clyde mentions that he did terrible things to multiple children and turned into a giant demon. Robyn is racked with guilt for leaving Megan and resolves to save the kids he hurt and defeat him. She is overwhelmed until she has a vision from her mother to let go of the guilt and trust in the light. With this newfound power, she defeats her uncle.
But oddly, this was a battle in Robyn’s head, and even Smitty seems to have seen a ghost.
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home plays with the theme of light versus darkness. Her guilt is dark and can be cured with resolve or the “light.” When you compare that theme and concept with her history of abuse, you wonder if it means that she was a light to her cousin. And also if she can be a light to the other heroes of the Grimm Universe in whatever is coming up. Robyn continually overcomes trial after trial and becomes more assertive and intelligent in every storyline. And I can’t wait to see what she will become.
The theme of child abuse is difficult to digest. The creative team did not shy away from Uncle Clyde’s alcoholism and how evil he actually was. I applaud the innovative team for tackling how it affected Robyn even years after. Great work here.
BOTTOM LINE: ENGAGING IDEAS
Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home is difficult to write and draw. The creative team has done an excellent job giving this story the care it deserves. This comic is a solid 3.5 out of 5 from me. Solid writing and a great direction to take the character but not a great jumping-on point for a new reader and certainly not for everyone.
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Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home
Robyn Hood: Home Sweet Home does a great job tackling complex topics but is not a comic for everyone.