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; Jimmy Broxton; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)
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.
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Volume 2 #4 opens with a flashback. We see how Sheena lost her missing trio of animal friends and what brought her to MegaPark. Now, those friends are the prizes in a game that involves hunting Sheena.
Meanwhile, in the forest of this biodome/park, Sheena has united with Beatrice Toussaint. She is the skinwalker who can transform into the giant jaguar that has been killing all the tourists/hunters. Will they truly unite to fight the men that would kill them? And even if they survive, they must discover who is really behind the death, the destruction, and all their recent problems.
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 #4, which is the fourth Dynamite Sheena comic book that I have read.
Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 is one of my favorite Dynamite titles. The entire creative team: Stephen Mooney, Jethro Morales, Dinei Ribero; and Taylor Esposito is doing stellar work. I didn't think that they could top last issue's tale of Beatrice Toussaint, which was was filled with magic and mystery. But of course, they did.
The action adventure is an invigorating mix of Tarzan and Indiana Jones, and I can never get enough. If blood and gore are your thing, however, Sheena and Beatrice know how to chop up their opponents. Dear readers, you will love this comic book.
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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