Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Comics Review: "SHEENA Queen of the Jungle #3"


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; Leslie Leirix; Ken Haeser; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2022)

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 #3 opens, Sheena still stalks the forest of the biodome/park, trying to discover why the first visitors inside the bio-dome have disappeared.  Sheena is also trying to find her animal friends who are trapped in the park.  Using her tracking skills, Sheena hopes to find the jaguar beast that has been attacking her since she entered the park.

Sheena must face this rogue beast that may or may not be responsible for all the death and destruction in the Mega-Park.  Now, Sheena has found a survivor, Beatrice Toussaint, but there is more to this woman than Sheena can imagine – much more.  And the truth about MegaPark is revealed.

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 #3, which is the third Dynamite Sheena comic book that I have read.

The entire creative team of Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2:  Stephen Mooney, Jethro Morales, Dinei Ribero; and Taylor Esposito continue to deliver a stellar series.  Fantastic story, beautiful art, glowing colors, and lively lettering:  the result is one of Dynamite's best series.  This issue's tale of Beatrice Toussaint is filled with magic and mystery.  She is this comic book's best supporting character to date.

And if you read this issue, dear readers, you will enjoy the magic and mystery.

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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