SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #3 DARK RISING

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“Dark Rising”
Writers: Todd Livingstone & Steven E. De Souza
Artists: Lee Ferguson & Rebekah Isaacs

Sheena, Ransome and Kellerman are once again captives aboard the U-boat. The rich Val Verde industrialist Orrico is found out to actually be a Nazis. We get the full story about the U-boat. In the closing days of WWII the Nazis had a secret base build in the Amazon. A U-boat was dispatched to bring missiles that would launch nuclear attacks on the major allied cities. But the U-boat ran aground while going up river. The survivors were hunted down by the local tribe and the legendary Marapingu monster. Orrico managed to make it to Val Verde city and become a wealthy industrialist.

Now he is reunited with the survivors of the expedition. They then have a falling out over the goal. Orrico wants to blackmail the world to make money. His compatriots are still fanatically dedicated to carrying out the Fuehrer’s plan. The two groups start to fight among themselves. This gives Sheena to opening to escape and set the self-destruct for the secret base.

So this mini-series comes to a close. It is kind of a silly story but that’s what makes it so fun. Nazis always make such great villains. We get the story behind the Nazis which was an interesting read. Sheena manages to save the day and still keep her identity a secret from the public. And she manages to do it still looking sexy as hell.

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SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #2 DARK RISING

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“Dark Rising”
Writer: Todd Livingston & Steven E De Souza
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs

Sheena is left for dead on the beach and the Nazis then turn their attention on Kellerman and Ransome. The Nazis are old men now augmented by cybernetics and still have the dream of restoring the Reich. Kellerman and Ransome manage to fight their way out and are immediately captured by a tribe wearing Nazi paraphernalia. Sheena is not dead but has the power to stop her heart for ten minutes. She manages to rescue her friends from the Nazi headhunters and the three go back to the U-boat. At the end the person she was there to rescue Mr. Orrico is part of the Nazis.

So there are Nazis in the jungles of Val Verde. You can never go wrong with Nazis as your enemy. Throw in some headhunters that seem to worship the Nazis and goofy Nazis retro science and you have a fun story. Interested to see what nefarious plan they have in store.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 DARK RISING

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“Dark Rising”
Writers: Steven E De Souza & Todd Livingston
Artist: Lee Ferguson

Sheena as Rachel Cardwell is partying on a cruise ship when it is attacked by a group of armed men. They seem to rob the passengers but they were there for something else. The ship is now riding higher so they must have taken some cargo. They also kidnapped an old friend of the Cardwell family. So Sheena dons the leopard skins and takes off into the jungle with Kellerman and Ransome following. They avoid headhunters and come upon a U-boat flying the Nazi flag. The three are knocked out by darts and Sheena finds herself strapped to a chair. Given drugs to talk she goes into shock and we end with the doctor saying she dies with a Nazi in a wheelchair sitting in the shadows.

So a new series starts off to a dramatic start. We have Sheena and her friends battling headhunters. There is a mystery in what the armed men are up to. They seem to be friendly with the local headhunter tribe. There are Nazis that are part of this. And it ends with Sheena dying. A real cliffhanger and can’t wait for the next issue.

SHEENA TRAIL OF THE MAPINGUARI

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“Trail of the Mapinguari”
Writer: Steven E. De Souza
Artists: Viicenc Villagrasa & Elizabeth John

A distinguished professor is murdered after giving his lecture on the Mapinguari. The Mapinguari is a myth of Val Verde. A Cyclops type giant ape. Ransome the hired security for Cardwell Industries is framed for his murder by the corrupt secret police. Bob Kellerman gets help from Sheena to prove his innocence. At this time another prominent doctor is killed by the Mapinguari. Public outcry results in an expedition to the Zona Prohibida to hunt down the vicious creature. Its lead by the last surviving member of the ’69 expedition. Sheena agrees to help this expedition. Now they have to fight off T’inga headhunters and find out the real reason for the murders.

A stand alone story that was an enjoyable read. We get to see that Sheena has adapted to her current situation of masquerading as socialite Rachel Cardwell while also carrying on saving the rainforest as Sheena. She also has a friendship with both Kellerman and Ransome. I love that she is such a cool and confident woman with a dark sense of humor. The only criticism of this story is its still a bit confusing on the motive for the Mapinguari murders. The head of the expedition set it up to get an expedition mounted. He also apparently was able to manipulate the local headhunter tribe. The motive isn’t clear but maybe it will in subsequent issues.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #5

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writer: Steven E. De Souza
Artist: Matt Merhoff

Sheena has been taken prisoner and is taken off to the city. Laura Jeffries has no interest in bringing Sheena back to her grandfather and has a RPG fired into her jeep. Sheena knows this will happen and jumps out in time into the river. Kellerman and Ransome follow. The three are later captured by Sheena’s tribe and taken to their hidden city deep in the jungle. It is here that we meet Don Felipe a magician con artist who had stowed away on the plane that Sheena and her parents were on. He managed to rescue the child and parachute to safety. When they landed among a tribe of headhunters, the tribe bows down because they think that Don Felipe is the Sky Father who was prophesized to bring the savior. This is how young Rachel Cardwell became Sheena the savior of the rain forest. Sheena, Kellerman and Ransome make it back to Val Verde and prove that Sheena is Cardwell’s lost granddaughter. Sheena thus must live in what she calls the “Madhouse” that is civilization to work at saving her beloved jungle.

This is the final story in the first series and nicely ties up the story. We learn Sheena’s origin. It also sets up a very interesting world full of potential stories. We will see those stories in later reviews. I really enjoy this series. It has adventure, mystery and one sexy woman in a leopardskin furkini.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #4

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writers: Steven E. De Souza & Robert Rodi
Artist: Matt Merhoff

Sheena and Kellerman have crashed the car they were escaping in into a tree. Kellerman wakes up to find a hired mercenary of Laura Jeffries waiting for him. Sheena and her animal friends have escaped into the jungle with the wounded Sheena. She meets up with Sky Father who is some old hippie that looks like he raised Sheena. He inspires her to go on and prepare to fight. Meanwhile Laura arrives with other mercenaries but most of them get taken out by Sheena. At the end Sheena decides that fighting them will get her nowhere so surrenders and mimics a socialite that she saw on TV. Kellerman intervenes and announces that Sheena is Cardwell’s long lost granddaughter and anyone who shoots her will be in serious trouble. It ends with the mercenary gunsights on Sheena.

Well this was a strange story. Jumps around a bit with flashbacks to Sheena’s childhood and the story with Jeffries hired thug a disgraced army captain. It seems that Sheena was raised by some kind of old hippie living in the jungle. When we meet him we don’t know if he’s real or a figment of Sheena’s imagination. Still it will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the next issue.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #3

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writers: Steven E De Souza & Robert Rodi
Artist: Matt Merhoff

Sheena and Kellerman manage to escape from the hospital and make it to his apartment. They don’t have much time because helicopters are approaching and the two take off in his car. Sheena won’t leave without her friends Yagua the jaguar and Chim the monkey. Her animal friends are held captive at Cardwell R&D. When they get there Sheena isn’t very subtle and barges right in. She takes care of the guards and the jaguar Yagua breaks free of her cage to help. As they are all driving away Sheena collapses due to a gunshot in the back.

So now the Sheena comic actually has the character Sheena in most of it. She’s intelligent but a bit na├»ve in the ways of the modern world. The issue also gives some background into Kellerman. He’s your typical treehugger who’s high on himself. Still he has potential and the story is coming along nicely. It ends on a cliffhanger note and a mysterious man with a spider tattoo kills the doctor who has Sheena’s blood sample and takes her bracelet.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #2

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writers: Steven E De Souza & Robert Rodi
Artist: Matt Merhoff

Laura Jeffries is Harrison Cardwell’s right hand woman. She has been for over twenty-one years and is totally ruthless. She has come to the hospital to investigate the captured jungle goddess. Sheena is locked in a hospital room in a strait jacket. Jeffries goes to the environmentalist Kellerman who’s also a patient in the hospital. She convinces him to go talk to Sheena. Pushed into the room he loosens the strait jacket and is immediately attacked. He does convince Sheena he isn’t the enemy and finds out she can speak English. Sheena busts out the window and climbs down using sheets. She also takes Kellerman to guide her through the strange city.

So we get some more info on Sheena in this issue. She can speak English and has a psychic link to animals. It also introduces a main villain in the story. Laura Jeffries is a beautiful yet ruthless woman. We find out that she was responsible for the plane accident that killed Cardwell’s son and family. She is also basically in charge of the company. Harrison Cardwell is old and getting senile. Jeffries also suspects that Sheena is Cardwell’s granddaughter and will stop at nothing to make sure that never becomes public.

Another fun story and Sheena looks so damn hot.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writer: Steven De Souza & Robert Rodi
Artist: Matt Merhoff

A young man named Kellerman is leading a protest to stop Cardwell Industries from plowing down a section of the rain forest in Val Verde. The industrial executive is not impressed and tries to convince Kellerman of the futility of his protest. Suddenly flaming arrows are raining down on the bulldozers setting them on fire. Both the workers and the protesters except the exec and Kellerman remain behind. They see a young blonde woman in leopard skins setting fire to the equipment. When the exec pulls a pistol he is attacked by a panther. Kellerman has a tranq pistol that puts down the panther. Then he has to tranq an angry jungle goddess.

This is intercut with the story of Harrison Cardwell. He moves his company down to Val Verde because of no government regulations. Later his son marries a local girl and they have a daughter. Later a bloody revolution takes place and a General Henriquez takes over vowing to remove foreign corporate influence in Val Verde. But the economy is collapsing so makes a deal with Cardwell. This estranges him from his son who takes his family back to the states. A plane ride that was fated for disaster.

The first in the Sheena series does a great job of setting up what the story will be about. It introduces the main players and Sheena’s crusade against the Cardwell Corporation’s destruction of the rain forest. It also introduces an ally and possible love interest in Kellerman. At the end Kellerman finds a gold bracelet on Sheena’s foot which we saw earlier Harrison giving to his granddaughter. So its very obvious that Sheena is Cardwell’s long lost and presumed dead granddaughter. It all sets up an interesting story. And of course Sheena is just sexy as hell. Must be the leopard skins. Don’t know what it is about leopard skins on a woman.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE SPECIAL

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“Sheena Queen of the Jungle”
Writer: Robert Rodi
Artist: Steven Cummings

View on Val Verde a popular news show from the fictional South American nation of Val Verde. They are examining the legend of the Maytenda or Jungle Witch. They interview people who claim to have seen her. The CEO of Cardwell Industries who blame the myth on radical environmentalists. The radical environmentalists who blame Cardwell Industries. An anthropologist who blames it on the rapid changes to society from the influx of wealth. It ends with the wife of the president for life threatening to revoke journalists freedoms for the wild speculations. A man watching the show hears what sounds like some kind of commotion outside. Grabbing his rifle he is confronted by destruction and a beautiful blonde in leopard skin riding a panther. She shoots the man with her bow and frees the conscripted peasants of the evil Cardwell Corporation.

“Sheena 101”
Writer: Timothy Straub

An article on the history of the character Sheena. Conceived in 1937 for a British pulp magazine. Sheena later went on to a successful comic book series in the ’40. The ’50s had a TV show. The ’80’s a movie and the ’00s saw another TV series.

“Welcome to the Jungle!”
Artists: Matt Markoff, Joe Juska & Khary Randalph.

A portfolio by three artists and their interpretation of Sheena.

The introduction of the popular character Sheena in her own new comic series. She is now transported to the fictional country of Val Verde and we get introduced to the world Sheena will inhabit. It is one of extreme wealth and poverty as the commercials for Rolls-Royce and a casino are shown against donation appeals for the Mission of Mercy that helps the poor. The country is a dictatorship and the first lady is clearly a moonbat. There is a corporation that is exploiting the rainforest. Into all this is the lovely Sheena. An incredible sexy blonde in leopard skins. There is something extremely hot about a girl in a leopard skin furkini. Definitely looking forward to this series.

The article about Sheena was really informative and a nice supplement to the comic. This and the story do a good job of introducing the world and what it will be about.