‘Nottingham’ Returns This Spring With ‘A King’s Ransom’
by Brendan M. Allen
After an explosive five-issue run that included multiple reprints, Nottingham is back. Mad Cave Studios has announced Nottingham: A King’s Ransom, the second arc in their medieval noir from writer David Hazan, line artist Shane Connery Volk, color artist Luca Romano and letterer Justin Birch.
‘Together, Sheriff Blackthorne and Robin Hood are on a mission to escort King Richard the Lionheart home.
When Richard the Lionheart is kidnapped and ransomed by Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is strong-armed into delivering the ransom and bringing the King home, on penalty of death. The treacherous Prince John and his ally, King Phillip of France, will stop at nothing to ensure Richard remains in captivity, so the Sheriff finds the unlikeliest of allies in none other than Robin Hood and the Merry Men. With Robin and the Sheriff away, Marian hatches her own devious plan to take back Nottingham.’
“The response to Nottingham Vol. 1 has been incredibly gratifying, so we wanted to give our readers more of what they loved, more characters from the legends, and just plain more,” said Hazan. “So we delved into the history to craft a story on a more epic scale that doesn’t forget what noir is all about, the clash between the haves and the have-nots. This time it’s set against a sprawling adventure across Europe and in Nottingham, a classic, tragic crime story.”
“Everyone has upped their game for this volume,” added Volk. “The story is epic, so my art has had to evolve to realize the scope of David’s vision. It’s been exciting to be back in this world and with these characters. I’ve done some minor redesigns to the main cast as well as designing some brand new characters which is always so much fun! I can’t wait for everyone to see where the series is going! Everything has been turned up to 11!”
Nottingham: A King’s Ransom is now available for preorder now and will be available for purchase April 6, 2022.