Writer: Stephen Mooney
Art: Jethro Morales, Dinei Ribeiro, and Taylor Esposito
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 15th, 2021
Sheena has always been one of my favorite characters and has appeared in TV shows and films for the last 65 years, portrayed by various actresses, including Tanya Roberts and Gena Lee Nolin. But to me, Irish McCalla portrayed her best, back in that prehistoric time period known as the 1950s. Look her up (you can thank me later). What made Irish’s portrayal so awesome was not only her fierce eyes but the fact that she insisted on doing her own stunts, which resulted in her breaking her arm while swinging on a vine and risking losing a leg while wrestling with mechanical alligators. Does insurance even cover mechanical alligator tussling?
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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #2 continues Sheena’s adventure in the Cardwell Industries bio-dome, where she’s been recruited by them to find a team of missing tourists who entered the bio-dome but never came out. Last issue ended with a gigantic cheetah-like creature pouncing at Sheena, and this issue continues the confrontation, as Sheena tries not to hurt the creature while staying alive. Some unexpected people appear, further complicating things, and mysterious mystical symbols continue to appear amidst the dome.
There’s a great feeling of paranoia throughout the issue, as Sheena tries to figure out what’s going on, all while Cardwell Industries security cameras monitor her every move, and the ever-annoying Ransome chimes in with vague responses through her earpiece. With this paranoia combined with the great action, the story in Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #2 feels like one of the Predator films, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.
Jethro Morales’ art for Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #2 is very detailed with the people and creatures (including their weapons). Since the background is mostly jungle, it’s given enough detail to give a sense of position from panel to panel. As with last issue, there is heavy gore in places, and the gore scenes splash across the panels with impact.
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #2 continues the mystery of the bio-dome. It does a great job combining action, sprinkling in a few new clues and surprises, and generally creating an atmosphere of paranoia. If you even remotely like Sheena, pick this one up.