Writer: Chuck Brown
Art: Trevor Fraley and Chiara Di Francia (colorist)
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Release date: May 10th, 2023
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Disney Villains: Scar #2 continues to present a fascinating look at one of Disney’s most ruthless villains, Scar. This issue shows how Scar arrives at a very specific location from the film, and even briefly shows Scar as a young cub. It also shows how Scar meets the hyenas. It also foreshadows Scar’s treatment of the lionesses when he becomes king of Pride Rock. It’s also interesting to see the dichotomy between how Scar treats his prey and how the lionesses treat their prey. The lionesses are respectful despite killing and eating other animals, and Scar just kills in order to cause misery to other animals. Interestingly, one of the lionesses is named Adea, who is a minor character in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. This could suggest that other characters from the sequel movie could possibly appear in future issues. This issue also did a good job of introducing Scar to the vultures, though he does call them buzzards at one point. It’s unclear if this is meant as an insult, or if he actually mistook them for buzzards.
The artwork in Disney Villains: Scar #2 continues to be impressive. There are some great pages in this issue, such as the full page featuring the hyenas with yellow glowing eyes, and the 2 page spread of the Elephant Graveyard. There’s also some cool pages of Scar fighting with the lionesses and looming over the vultures. It is very brightly colored and reflects the animation style of the movie well, though not perfectly. It still depicts the characters well and the story can be easily followed by the art. Hardcore fans of the film will notice that this issue contains a visual reference to the movie during the scene Simba, Timon and Pumbaa are trying to figure out how to get past the hyenas once Scar has taken over Pride Rock. The issue swaps out Simba, Timon and Pumbaa for Scar and the two vultures instead.
Disney Villains: Scar #2 is good at continuing Scar’s story, and explaining how he developed his relationship with the hyenas and well as his gripes with the lionesses. It keeps Scar evil and intimidating, while still giving us some minor details on his childhood. Perhaps we’ll see more flashbacks of Scar as a cub next issue. Could he possibly meet other characters he didn’t really interact with in the movie, like Timon and Pumbaa? What do you think?