The delayed SHIFT Presents Robin Hood – the Legend of Sherwood from GetMyComics is now at the printers, and will be winging its way out to patient pre-order customers in a week or so – and hit newsagents shelves in October.
Featuring a magnificent new cover by Nick Percival (2000AD, “Dark Judges”, “Judge Dredd”, Robin Hood – the Legend of Sherwood is scripted by US playwright Jeff Messer, with sumptuous art by “Kora” creator, Chris Geary.
Barry Kitson, originally lined up to provide the cover, will now be providing art for the second Robin Hood instalment.
The latest in the line of SHIFT special editions – GetMyComics is working with a number of publishers and creators to highlight their work, and bring it to an unsuspecting public – this new title delivers the first chapter in a new telling of the Robin Hood legend.
The strip is an expanded adaptation of the successful stage play script, Robin Hood – Legend of Sherwood, written by Robert Akers and Jeff Messer, and produced to record-setting audiences by multiple theatres across the past 20 years.
Not too dark, but also not too silly, offering classic story telling, with sweeping adventure, romance, drama, and some comedy, Robin Hood – the Legend of Sherwood is inspired as much by Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood and the 1980s cult classic Robin of Sherwood TV series. Throw in the style of the original 1977 Star Wars movie, with more than a dash or two of Indiana Jones thrown in for seasoning, and smatterings of influence from films and plays like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, The Lion In Winter, Ocean’s Eleven, and Lord of The Rings, the story endeavour to offer “a definitive take on Robin Hood that is as fun as it is thrilling for readers”.
Striving to keep things as historically accurate as possible, from the locations, to the look and feel of the wardrobe and appearances of the characters, this looks like a hugely enjoyable romp!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.