The Robin Hood of the Pines
Jersey Devil #5
32 pages, b&w,
(December '97), SyCo
Joe Mulliner, the Refugees, Alan a Dale, Friar, Wil Scarlet,
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Issues 5 & 6 are based after the lives of Joe Mulliner and
the Refugees. The events in these two issue actually take place
before issues #1-4 and are told in a flashback within a flashback.
J.D. is riding the rails somewhere in the United States as he
tells the story. While walking through the woods with Nate and
Arthur, J.D. runs into the ghosts of Joe Mulliner and the Refugees.
The ghosts act a lot like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, with
Joe acting as Robin. J.D. was about to cross a log over a stream,
when Joe challenges him to a staff fight. If J.D. wins, he can
pass, otherwise he must perform a service for the Refugees. Using
his ghostly abilities, Joe wins. The other ghosts get rid of
Nate and J.D. agrees to hear their story. Joe, in flashback,
tells how he came to the Colonies during the Revolutionary War.
He and the other Refugees defected from the British Army and
became highway bandits in the woods of South Jersey. Joe is a
dashing, rogue, while his second in command, Fagan, is a brute
and a sourpuss. During a stagecoach robbery, Joe meets the beautiful
Madeline and falls in love. He then plans his robberies around
dances. While most men are up north fighting the war, Joe and
his men easily come to town, hold everyone hostage and rob them,
while Joe dances with Madeline and the other ladies. One day
Fagan, who is jealous of Joe, decides he will rob a poor widow
named Mrs. Bates without Joe's permission. Later, its revealed
she is loyal to the King, like Joe. This infuriates Mulliner,
who nearly kills Fagan. During the confrontation it is evident
that Joe is taking his role as the local Robin Hood a little
too seriously and that he is blinded by his loyalty to King George.
Joe slashes Fagan with his saber and the issue ends with "To