The story of Robin Hood has been told and retold many times over the years. Many versions of the story focus on the "robbing the rich and helping the poor" aspect of Robin's life, with varying levels of emphasis on the romantic subplot. But it wasn't until I read the graphic novel Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood that I really got to enjoy a well-rounded treatment of Robin's story that explored how and why he became that legendary outlaw.
This version of the classic story begins with the formative years of young Robin's life, when he is both traumatized and motivated by the Sheriff of Nottingham's brutal punishment of a local bandit. It continues with Robin's experiences in the Holy Land during the Crusades, and then details what happens when he returns to England and meets the Sheriff of Nottingham yet again. Both teens who have never read this story before and adults revisiting this story can get a lot out of this classic page-turner. I've read lots of books inspired by the classics over the years, and this is one of the most dynamic retellings I've ever come across. Kudos to Tony Lee for creating such an exciting read, and to Sam Hart and Artur Fujita for their stellar artwork.
If you love graphic novel adaptations of classic stories, here are a few more you may enjoy:
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton
Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood appears on the Stuff For the Teen Age 2010 list.