Monday, July 18, 2022

Comics Review: SHEENA Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 #7


STORY: Steven E. de Souza
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; Lucio Parrillo; Jackie Goehner and Rick Narvaez (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 2022)

Rated Teen+

Sheena originally created by S.M. “Jerry” Iger and Will Eisner; reboot by Steven E. de Souza

“Cenozoic” Part Two

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.  Dynamite's second series is Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Volume 2.  It is written by Steven E. de Souza; drawn by Jethro Morales and Wil Rio; colored by Dinei Ribero; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  Writer de Souza begins a new series of challenges for Sheena in the story line, “Cenozoic,” which finds Sheena on a mission to save a nature preserve only to get trapped in time.

As Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Volume 2 #7 opens, she is not where she expected, as some kind of vortex transported the plane she was aboard to a mysterious island.  Her human companions, Bob Kellerman and Martin Ransome, are not good for much beyond getting her into more trouble.  Luckily, her animal friends:  Yagua, Chim, and Pete are more useful.

However, this strange new land is filled with unseen things and a rumbling volcano!  When Sheena captures an elderly man, the mystery deepens.  When he starts talking, panic sets in!

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 #7, which is the seventh Dynamite Sheena comic book that I have read.

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 is one of my favorite Dynamite titles.  Dynamite's current incarnation of the character has apparently been “rebooted” by the prolific writer, Steven E. de Souza, known for his work in Hollywood as a writer, producer, and director of film and television.  If he worked as a “script doctor,” then, he performed emergency surgery or face lifts on a large number of action, crime, and suspense films over the past few decades.

Here, de Souza's fix is to smartly mix lost world and pulp fiction elements with modern sensibilities and technology.  Artist Jethro Morales turns it into riveting graphical (comic book) storytelling with this issue acting as a pulse-pounding chapter in a thrilling serial.  Dinei Ribero colors make the art pop, and here, letterer Taylor Esposito shines on the parakeet “dialogue” and on general sound effects.

I have been highly recommending Sheena Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 since the first issue.  Having a major Hollywood figure writing it should give you extra incentive to read it, dear readers.  Or how about reading it because you need something good to read?

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

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


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

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