Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

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Fast-paced graphic storytelling and stunning full-color illustrations combine in an action-packed retelling of the heroic Robin Hood story.

How did Robin of Loxley become Robin Hood? Why did he choose to fight injustice instead of robbing for his own gain? Expressive and gritty, this graphic novel whisks readers back to Crusades-era England, where the Sheriff of Nottingham rules with an iron fist, and in the haunted heart of Sherwood Forest, a defiant rogue — with the help of ...

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Overview

Fast-paced graphic storytelling and stunning full-color illustrations combine in an action-packed retelling of the heroic Robin Hood story.

How did Robin of Loxley become Robin Hood? Why did he choose to fight injustice instead of robbing for his own gain? Expressive and gritty, this graphic novel whisks readers back to Crusades-era England, where the Sheriff of Nottingham rules with an iron fist, and in the haunted heart of Sherwood Forest, a defiant rogue — with the help of his men and the lovely Maid Marian — disguises himself to become an outlaw. Lively language and illustrations follow the legendary hero as he champions the poor and provokes a high-stakes vendetta in a gripping adventure sure to draw a new generation of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Veteran comic-book writer Tony Lee retells the Robin Hood story yet again, with an emphasis on the bandit's childhood and Crusader experiences. Lee's interest in building a psychological portrait of the man is furthered and stretched by the work of his illustrator and colorist. Sam Hart uses an interesting illustration technique: many of his backgrounds are misty/impressionistic photographs—generally the Sherwood Forest scenes—onto which he merges his characters or the occasional sharply drawn leaf to toy with the perspective. Artur Fujita's sequential palette is generally color coded to the characters' aura: all muted greens for Robin Hood and his forest, castle gray for the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, shades of purple for Maid Marian and her subconsciously seething passions?, only breaking into bolder yellow-oranges for the action scenes. The end result is a page-turner of a graphic novel. Now if only Robin did not have a curious resemblance to Kevin Costner…. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
VOYA - Mary Arnold
Certainly the legend of Robin Hood has endured so long because its heroic elements capture the imaginations of succeeding generations. Larger-than-life characters, action and adventure, and timeless good-versus-evil tropes make it a perfect match for graphic telling, and this lushly illustrated version will find a ready audience of teens and adult readers. The historical context is particularly vivid here, and the band of "merry men," devious and ambitious villains, and a Maid Marian who is no shrinking violet have the depth and contradictions of very real people in a real place and time. Those familiar with the tale will be satisfied in this Sherwood Forest, and teens, in particular, will identify with young Robin of Loxley's coming of age, father-son conflicts, loyalty to friendship and romantic yearnings. Hart and Artur Fujita's vividly colorful artwork and use of monochromatic facing panels propel readers right into the story and make each frame a small jewel, while much of the dialogue has a contemporary, cinematic quality that will surely appeal to today's media-savvy audience. Historical expert Allan Wright's addendum acknowledges the almost eight-hundred-year evolution of this perennial hero, including various comic book and film incarnations, and will surely lead fans on their own quest. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The classic story of Robin Hood is told from the formative years of his childhood to the thrilling challenges and successes of his adulthood. The book begins when Robin is both traumatized and motivated by the Sheriff of Nottingham’s brutal punishment of outlaw Will O’ the Green, then covers his experiences years later in the Holy Land during the Crusades, and follows his return to England. The rich detail in this story, especially during Robin’s time in Jerusalem, might send readers scrambling for earlier versions of Robin Hood to figure out which parts of this book are from the “original” story and which parts sprang from Lee’s imagination. Luckily, the “Who Is Robin Hood?” addendum by Allen W. Wright clears up some of this confusion, explaining how the legendary story has evolved over the course of almost 800 years. Lee’s excellent rendition of the famed selfless hero goes hand-in-hand with Hart’s expressive illustrations, featuring lots of close-ups and dramatic lighting and a beautiful jewel-toned palette. Teens will get caught up in this exciting page-turner, which is one of the most dynamic retellings of a classic tale in recent years. In the pantheon of memorable renditions of Robin Hood there was Errol Flynn, there was Daffy Duck–and now there is Tony Lee’s Outlaw.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The legend of Robin Hood is ever evolving, reinvented by each generation in its own likeness. Thus, it follows that this is not your mother's Robin Hood, i.e. Kevin Costner in tights. Instead, Lee infuses the age-old tale with snarky dialogue and a whiplash-inducing pace tailored to today's overstimulated youth. The plot is familiar: Robin and his band of merry men rob from the rich and give to the poor as they work to depose the Sheriff of Nottingham and ransom King Richard, held hostage in the Holy Land as the Crusades drag on. It's Hart's drawings and Fujita's coloring that elevate this 21st-century version head and shoulders above the rest. The artist's shadowy figures and chiseled faces give depth to both the characters and the medieval castles and forest landscapes they inhabit. The monochromatic panels set the tone of the story, glowing brilliantly as they propel the action straight off the page into the reader's imagination. This modern reincarnation of one of history's most beloved outlaws is sure to become the stuff of legend. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644000
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 798,463
  • Age range: 14 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Lee, a prolific comic books writer, has worked on the titles X-MEN, DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE, and STARSHIP TROOPERS. He has also written for radio, television, and national newspapers. He lives in England.

Sam Hart is a comic books illustrator who has worked on STARSHIP TROOPERS and BROTHERS: THE FALL OF LUCIFER. He lives in Brazil.

Artur Fujita is an illustrator and colorist who has colored sequential art for Markosia and Marvel Comics. He lives in Brazil.

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