Monday, February 20, 2023

Comics Review: "LORD OF THE JUNGLE Volume 3 #3" Meets the Parents


STORY: Dan Jurgens
ART: Benito Gallego
COLORS: Francesco Segala with Agnes Pozza
LETTERS: Carlos M. Mangual
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Philip Tan
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2023)

Rated Teen+

“Bargain with the Devil”

Tarzan is one of the most famous fictional characters in the world.  Tarzan was an orphan and the archetypal “feral child,” and in this instance, he was raised in the African jungle by great apes.  Tarzan was born a noble, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, but he rejected civilization and lived in the wilds of Africa as a heroic adventurer.  Tarzan was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs and first appeared in the novel, Tarzan of the Apes, which began serialization in All-Story Magazines in 1912, before it was published in book form in 1914.  Tarzan would go onto to be a multimedia star, appearing in films, on television, and in comic books.

The latest Tarzan comic book is Dynamite Entertainment's Lord of the Jungle Volume 3. It is written by Dan Jurgens; drawn by Benito Gallego; colored by Francesco Segala; and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual.  The story involves an event that occurred in the early years of Tarzan's adventures, and he returns to Africa to right a past wrong no matter what manner of beast or obstacle stands in his way.

Lord of the Jungle Volume 3 #3 (“Bargain with the Devil”) opens in Africa, in the 1950s.  Tarzan, Lord Greystoke continues his mission of retribution by breaking into a museum to steal the “Diamonds of the Triad.”  What does he need in this place?

Tarzan's old friend, a local named Bouanga, tells the story of how he and Carson, a white hunter from England, first encountered Tarzan.  This leads to Tarzan learning about his human parents, Alice and Lord John Clayton Greystoke.  It also leads, however, to Tarzan's second encounter with the man who killed his ape mother, Kala.

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 Lord of the Jungle Volume 3 #3, which is only the third issue of a solo Dynamite Tarzan comic book that I have read.

Dan Jurgens continues to offer a hugely enthralling thriller in Lord of the Jungle Volume 3.  This story arc is an exotic adventure that feels as wild and as ruthless as Tarzan is.

Artist Benito Gallego's storytelling is gripping and thrilling and beautifully drawn.  It still does not hurt that Gallego's drawing style resembles that of the late comic book legend, Joe Kubert.  Kubert had a four-year stint (1972-76) as writer-artist and later as writer-only of DC Comics' Tarzan comic book series, considered by some to be among his best work.  Colorist Francesco Segala's lovely colors capture the varied moods of this story's settings, both in time and locale.  Letterer Carlos M. Mangual brings a sense of high drama and with his stylish, shifting fonts.

Lord of the Jungle Volume 3 #3 strongly delivers on the potential at which the first issue hinted.  I rarely read Tarzan comic books, but I think that I will read this series' entire run.  I highly recommend it to you, dear readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Tarzan comic books will want to read Lord of the Jungle Volume 3.


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

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