If you need a gift for the Robin Hood enthusiast in your life, look no further than Oni Press’ Merry Men. Written by Lambda Literary Award Winner Robert Rodi (Closet Case) and illustrated by Jackie Lewis (The Lion of Rora), with colors by Marissa Louise (Escape from New York) and Shari Chankhamma (Codename: Baboushka), this historical fiction graphic novel is a queer romp through one of the most famous legends of the medieval age.
Per Oni Press, the plot of Merry Men is as follows: “Thirteenth century England. Robert Godwinson, former lover of King Richard, lives with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, away from the watchful eye of Prince John, who has outlawed homosexuality.
“Though isolated, the men live in peace—that is, until a stranger enters their camp seeking aid for a nearby town besieged by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robert—nicknamed Robin—is reluctant to help, but equally eager to get rid of this perplexing stranger… and to put his formidable bow-and-arrow to use.
“It’s Robin Hood like you’ve never seen him before, based on scholarly speculation about what’s really behind the outlaw’s legend.”
The Merry Men trade paperback collects issues #1-#10 and features a collection of essays exploring the queer history of England, written by Rodi. The trade hits bookstores Dec. 5, 2018 and is currently available for pre-order.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, SheKnows, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is also the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and cats.