Thursday, September 14, 2023

Comics Review: "SHEENA Queen of the Jungle: Volume 3 #1" is Hotter Than Jungle Fever


STORY: Wes Clark, Jr. & Steven E. de Souza
ART: Ediano Silva
COLORS: Renato Spiller
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Joe Corallo
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Suydam; Joseph Michael Linsner
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2023)

Rated Teen+

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

“Fatal Exams”

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 third series is Sheena: Queen of the Jungle: Fatal Exams, Volume 3.  It is written by Wes Clark Jr. & Steven E. de Souza; drawn by Ediano Silva; colored by Renato Spiller; and lettered by Taylor EspositoFatal Exams finds Sheena enrolled in a boarding school full of questionable girls and supernatural mystery.

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle: Fatal Exams, Volume 3 #1 opens in Val Verde – specifically “L'ecole des Jeunes Filles du Val Verde.”  It is the world's most exclusive girl's boarding school, and Cardwell Inc. wants to put some formal education in our favorite Queen of the Jungle.  If Rachel Livingston Cardwell (a.k.a. Sheena) thought the jungle was tough, wait until she sees the blackboard jungle.  Her roommate is quite a bitch, but the rest of the girls, bitchy as they might be, are involved in something kooky, supernatural, and maybe dangerous.

If Cardwell plans on keeping their prized pupil out of the jungle while it continues to relentlessly exploit it, that will be more difficult that the corporate boss thinks.  The school is close to the jungle, and at night, Rachel becomes Sheena.  You can take the girl out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the girl.

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: Fatal Exams Volume 3 #1, which is the latest of many enjoyable Dynamite Sheena comic books that I have read.

I liked Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 2.  Prolific Hollywood multi-hyphenate, Steven E. de Souza, modernized the character, making her more like Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and less like the late Tanya Roberts' Sheena, Queen of the Jungle from the 1984 film, Sheena (which I like).  De Souza's Sheena comics mixed elements that recalled Jurassic Park, King Kong, Indiana Jones, and Wonder Woman.  He made Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Volume 2 an imaginative, rip-roaring adventure defined by explosive action, imaginative settings, and rich dialogue.  It was pulp fiction that didn't feel dated, and a pulp character that didn't feel obsolete.

Fatal Exam #1 is a continuation of that success.  This first chapter is filled with elements that create a sense of anticipation via the work of series scribes, Wes Clark, Jr. and de Souza.  This first issue is beautifully drawn by artist Ediano Silva with rich graphical storytelling that recalls old-timey pulp illustration.  Renato Spiller spills some gorgeous colors, and Taylor Esposito knocks back some energetic lettering.

I would have to go out of my way to be dissatisfied with Fatal Exams #1.  This is the kind of first issue that forces the reader to come back for the second issue.  And I, dear readers, will be back for more.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Sheena will want to try Sheena: Queen of the Jungle: Fatal Exams, Volume 3.


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

The text is copyright © 2023 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog or site for reprint and syndication rights and fees.


Amazon wants me to inform you that the affiliate link below is a PAID AD, but I technically only get paid (eventually) if you click on the affiliate link below AND buy something(s).

No comments:

Post a Comment