Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

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 in paperback.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763644000
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,195,581
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN420L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 10 Years

About 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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Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
True to the classic legend and very well done, Lee's graphic adaptation of the famous English classic adds just enough of a contemporary feel to be real and accessible to kids today. The illustrations and general feel is dark and brooding-- lots of shadows and "KERPOW" for action, sidebar celtic knots and medieval backdrops help keep the story real and compelling. it is a time of political turmoil in England. King Richard the Lionhearted is kidnapped and held for ransome on the way home from the Crusades. His brother John and his Norman cohorts are running England to the ground-- usurping the ancestral lands of "real" English Lords and handing them over to Norman invaders, who, in turn, are taxing the local peasantry into the ground and abusing the population. Robin of Loxley, Earl of Huntington, and ally of good King Richard, turns outlaw when the Sheriff of Nottingham (ally of Prince John and enforcer of brutal tax levies) steals his land. Robin robs from the Normans and English traitors and gives the money back to the peasants so they can pay their taxes--he fights for the forces of sweetness and light, gains all the respect of the peasantry and the good lords -- even King Richard himself-- and wins the heart of the brave and lovely Maid Marion to boot! A very well done classic adventure story done in graphic format. i loved it. great for all kids-- especially boys and anglophiles. lots of text for a graphic-- but very well done- and like all good graphics, each word is well chosen (much like poetry has to be) inorder to convey the core message in a small word bubble. Great for content knowledge and pleasure reading. Interesting backpage history of the legend included. Highly recommended. I put it on the middle school myths and legends summer reading list.
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bravo, bravo, bravo--a toast to the creators of Outlaw: the Legend of Robin Hood.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read many different versions of the tale of Robin Hood, I was interested to see how a graphic novel version would take it on. The tale was very classic to the most popular version of the story and took in Robin's time in the Crusades, his return to find his father deceased, his conflict with the sheriff, and his love for Marianne. I can't say that it departed much from the original, but I will say that I wanted even more of his time with his outlaw friends. I suppose I just wanted to see the relationships developed a bit more. I'll admit though that I love this tale and seem to piece together the bits of the story I'm given with all the parts that I enjoy. One drawback to this graphic version is the darkness of the pictures. I'm not quite sure why they came out so dark, but they made it feel like it was all set at night or in a dark castle or lodge. I can see that the darker pictures, with sharp angles might be trying to set the tone and give it a slightly comic feel perhaps? I'm not sure, but I did wish at times that I could reach for a button to turn up the light a little. The focus in this tale was on the conflicts with the sheriff and less on character relationships (as the title suggests), but it was still the story I remember. Overall though, I thought this graphic novel made the story its own in tone and style. In classic graphic novel style, it clips along through the story, drawing on pictures to propel the story, and was a quick, fun read.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful book! Slick, glossy pages with gorgeous artwork done in various monotones for different settings such as the forest scenes are done in greens, the Nottingham castle scenes in purples and the action/fighting scenes in reddish yellows. This palette certainly brings the mood and tone of the story alive. Tony Lee has set down a wonderful retelling of the Robin Hood legend taking various parts of the lore and weaving them into his own wonderful, serious, cohesive story of Robin Loxley robbing from the rich to both give to the poor and save to pay the King's ransom. He's made sure to keep the famous scenes present such as the joust with Little John on the bridge and the archery contest Robin wins while in disguise, though Lee has added his own twists on each to keep his retelling fresh and new. A wonderful piece of work to be enjoyed by Robin Hood enthusiasts and those new to the legend as well.
mdyewhea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4P: Swashbuckling action and adventure and great illustrations, even if the actual "dialogue" fades from memory.