Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Comics Review: "SHEENA Queen of the Jungle #2" is a Great Second Issue


STORY: Stephen Mooney
ART: Jethro Morales
COLORS: Dinei Ribero
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Joseph Rybandt
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rose Besch; Arthur Suydam; Joseph Michael Linsner; Jamie Biggs Leslie Leirix; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2021)

Rated Teen+

Sheena originally created by S.M. “Jerry” Iger and Will Eisner

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is an American comic book character.  She first appeared in the British magazine, Wags #46 ( January 1938), and was created by legendary American comic book creators, Will Eisner and S. M. “Jerry” Iger.  Sheena made her first American appearance in Jumbo Comics #1 (Fiction House, cover dated: September 1938) where she was a mainstay until 1953.  Sheena was also the first female comic book character to star in her own series.  A “jungle girl heroine,” Sheen was an orphan, like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, who had adventures featuring African natives, wild animals, and white hunters and villains.

Dynamite began publishing Sheena comics in 2017 with a series that ran ten issues.  Dynamite is debuting a second series, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Volume 2.  It is written by Stephen Mooney; drawn by Jethro Morales; colored by Dinei Ribero; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  The story finds Sheena investigating the strange goings on in “MegaPark,” Cardwell Industries' cutting-edge bio-dome in the middle of the Val Verde jungle.

As Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Volume 2 #2 opens, Sheena is in “MegaPark” trying to discover why the first travelers into the bio-dome have disappeared.  Sheena is also trying to find her animal friends who are also trapped in the park.

Sheena may have uncovered a small part of the mystery.  A massive, cheetah-like beast seems to be doing a lot of killing – and it is more than a match for Sheena!

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 #2, which is the second Dynamite Sheena comic book that I have read.

Stephen Mooney, Jethro Morales, Dinei Ribero; and Taylor Esposito, the creative team behind the recent comic book miniseries, Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee, slid right on into Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 2.  In the fantastic first issue of this series, they delivered deceit, trickery, and murder mystery most foul.  Mooney's script for the second issue grabs readers' imaginations as much as the one for the first issue.

As for the art team, I can say what I said in my review of the first issue.  Stephen Mooney can draw good girl art with the best of them, but his graphical storytelling is as strong as the illustrations are pretty.  Dinei Ribero delivers pretty colors, and Taylor Esposito delivers excellent lettering.  This is a creative team worthy of your cash.

The first issue surprised me, but now, I expect excellence from this Sheena comic book.  I don't think that I will disappoint.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Sheena will want to try Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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