Nottingham Volume 1 Review
Writer: David Hazan
Art: Shane Connery Volk
Colours: Luca Romano
Letters: Joamette Gil
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹🏹
In this twisted medieval noir, the Sheriff of Nottingham hunts a serial killer with a penchant for tax collectors. The Sheriff’s investigation makes him the target of England’s most nefarious power-brokers. That’s to say nothing of the Merry Men, terrorists lurking amongst the trees of Sherwood, led by an enigma known only as “Hood.” Collects issues #1 – 5
By now I’m sure you are all aware of how much I adore this series. Nottingham has swiftly become my single most cherished comic that is out currently. Now thanks to the absolutely incredibly amazing team at Mad Cave Studios, I've been able to review the complete volume before its release in September this year. I promise you now that the issues do not let up, they continue to hack and slash their way through to your heart and as a result have you clambering over your devices to pre order what promises to be a sold out Volume 1.
You may have been reading my reviews issue by issue and this will serve as my review of issue 5 as well as the volume as a whole collection.
My love for Nottingham stemmed from a deep interest in history and it’s heroes and villains. Nottingham has handled the majesty and mythos of Robin Hood and his Merry Men with such phenomenal respect all the while adding a beautifully creative twist on the legends surrounding the English hero. David Hazan has delivered the most epic, fantastical, dark, gritty story that delivers issue by issue, never failing to surprise you or keep the reader entertained. I have been lucky to read these early as a reviewer but even still I was always fidgety whilst waiting for the next slice of the pie. I was and still am addicted to this story.
The finale of this series brings us new twists and turns as well as epic battles and revelations that will redefine your previous thoughts on the goings on in the series. David once again manages to throw in elements I did not expect which created such an engaging panel by panel read that I never wanted to end. We finally get to see the sheriff face off against Little John, but not only him by Hood as well! We get to see why so much trust is placed in the sheriff by Guy of Gisbourne as we get glimpses of his terrifying skill with a sword! Also we witness the beginning of the legend of Robin Hood as an outlaw, but not just a rampant murderer and thief but as a leader of men fighting for their king and what they feel is right!
The art once again is so uniquely sublime. Never have I seen such artwork and it ties so unbelievably perfectly with the theming and essence of the whole story. Shane has impeccable skill in his artistry that I found myself studying the lines, the emotions placed on the characters and even the backgrounds. Every aspect of the art has its place and it is on point throughout all of the panels. Shane’s art on this series has been something to behold, it has never faltered, never left us wanting and always complimented the exquisite writing of David Hazan with the utmost care and attention to detail. The whole team has been so impressive during Nottingham’s first run, the colours are exceptional and the lettering fits perfectly into the entire comic.
Honestly, I am looking for any kind of fault because I was writing this review and thinking, surely there was something that could be improved, surely there was something missing. There wasn’t. I simply couldn’t find a thing. Nothing. Nada. Niets. From start to finish Nottingham has been a magical thrill ride that I will return to read often, I can already tell.
Never has the story of Robin Hood been told with such respect & detail whilst keeping the magic of the myth and being extremely gripping and entertaining at the same time. My hat goes off to the creative team for creating what is, for me, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comic series available today. Thank you to the entire team for providing us with the modern classic that is...Nottingham.
“They’d rather believe in the myth of a man of noble blood fighting for them than the reality that they never really mattered to him in the first place.” - Sheriff Blackthorne.