SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #5

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Writer: Stephen Mooney

Artist: Jethro Morales

Sheena and Beatrice break into the control center of the biodome. They find out from Ransom that his daughter is being held hostage along with the innocent tour group. They also find out that the biodome is failing. A system error is spewing out CO2 which will kill all the wildlife. Sheena and Beatrice manage to find Sheena’s animal friends. They also find out that her uncle is the evil genius behind all this. They have to kill the mercenary Zorn but the uncle escapes. Only he ends up stumbling into the arctic exhibit and the polar bears.

This issue ties up all the plots and ends the story of the biodome. We find out that it is Sheena’s evil uncle responsible for the hunters. He was getting money from the hunters to cover the expected failure of the biodome. Beatrice gets killed at the end. So does the uncle or it is highly hinted at. A fairly talkative issue which isn’t usual. It is effective in giving the reader to whole story.

An enjoyable story but looking forward to the next one. We get the return of Steven de Sousa the guy who created this version of Sheena back in the Devil Due comics day.

BARBARELLA #8

“The Truth Shall Set Them Free”

Writer: Sarah Hoyt

Artist: Madibek Musabekov

Barbarella and friends are trying to get a ship working to escape the planet. Barbarella decides to broadcast a giant holographic image of herself. She explains to the approaching soldiers about her and that there are other genders in the galaxy. This confuses the one gender inhabitants, and the soldiers decide to break off their attack to absorb this new info. They get a ship working but with the inclusion of George the dinosaur it crashes. George decides to leave, and the others make it to the spaceport. There they meet up with two from the Tortuga organization she works for. They get on the ship and are rescued by George who tears up a tank and burns it with his fire breath. He jumps on the ship, and they continue on their way to find the Lady.

This was a fun issue. The first part was I suppose a sly take on the current gender confusion that is going on in the Western World. It also looks like George the dinosaur is joining the crew as well as the two that rescued them. Once again, the artwork is spectacular. An enjoyable fast read.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #4

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Writer: Stephen Mooney

Artist: Jethro Morales

We are introduced to a new villain in the story. A man in shadows who is sending out hunters to kill Sheena and the giant leopard. An added bonus is to get Sheena’s animal friends who are being held captive. Ransom starts to realize that this new player is up to something and warns Sheena. The first group of hunters arrives but Sheena and her shapeshifting friend manage to take out this group although they suffer some wounds. The shadowy villain has hired a professional assassin because he really wants Sheena dead.

This wasn’t a bad issue. Had some fun fight scenes. The art is beautiful to look at especially Sheena. The big reveal is this new villain. Someone high up in the Cardwell corporation. Some who is identified as a Cardwell. He seems to have a personal interest in Sheena’s dead. This character does intrigue me and look forward to the reveal of him and his motives.

BARBARELLA #7

“The Land Before Time’s Running Out!”

Writer: Sarah Hoyt

Artist: Madibek Musabekov

Barbarella arrives at the home world of the Lady. Only she finds that a gravity well is there instead. The ship gets sucked in and the next thing she wakes up in a cage with Vix. Barbarella and Vix are in a zoo. She manages to pick the lock and the two escape into the jungle. There they find dinosaurs and Barbarella finds one with a thorn in its foot. She plucks it out and gets a friend. They name it George and ride it looking for a spaceport.

They come on one of the inhabitants and he turns out to be friendly. He confirms the Lady does come from this planet and still rules it. Barbarella gets a compass and directions. She then comes on an alien archeologist who tells her about this world. Its inhabitants are only one sex and lay eggs. He directs Barbarella to a place with old spaceships. Once there she manages to activate a power source and bring back Taln. Only reactivating the power has brought some ships to investigate.

This was an interesting issue. Barbarella finds herself in a zoo and has to escape. The aliens on this world are weird as well as the animals and plants. The main revelation is that they are getting closer to finding the Lady. Ends on a cliffhanger. Enjoyable story and still beautiful artwork.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #3

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Writer: Stephen Mooney

Artist: Jethro Morales

Sheena continues to track the giant leopard. It takes her to a camp, and she gets knocked out. Coming to she finds the woman who did it. She is a Haitian, and they discuss what is really going on in this biodome. That it isn’t environmental tourists but hunters that are hunting rare and exotic animals. Sheena also finds out the Haitian is really the giant leopard. She can use voodoo and mystical Navajo magic to do it. Sheena manages to knock her out with a curare arrow. They do decide later to join forces against Cardwell Industries.

This issue was a bit of a slow one. Lots of talking and exposition. People getting knocked out and fighting each other before they decide they are on the same side. It does give us the answers to what is going on. The mystery of the giant leopard. The next issue promises to pick up the action now that both women are going after the same foe.

BARBARELLA #6

“The Architect of Her Destiny”

Writer: Sarah Hoyt

Artist: Tommaso Bianchi

At the edge of the galaxy is the planet Tynechon. The inhabitants are an ancient race that consider themselves the guardians of all species. They send their young out to find a creature and have adventures with them. Vix chooses Barbarella. Now humans are not recommended because they are so hard to control. Nevertheless, she chooses her and meets on a planet that Barbarella has come to mediate a peace. Only agents of the Lady have had her accused of trying to kill the king and overthrow the government. With the help of Vix she manages to escape. While on the ship escaping, Vix learns she was supposed to link up with Barbarella earlier. Barbarella’s memory of Vix is erased and she meets up as was told in the first series.

This issue decided to take a break from the main story. We get an origin of Vix. Vix is much more intelligent than imagined and actually views Barbarella as her pet, not the other way around. I found this amusing for if you ever had a dog you have to get the feeling that you are somehow theirs. A fascinating story that introduces this new race and the true nature of Vix. Does an excellent job of keeping true to the original origin while giving us this new one. A new guest artist who is just as talented as the regular one. Dynamite has really been getting some excellent artists for their books.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #2

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Writer: Stephen Mooney

Artist: Jethro Morales

Sheena battles a giant red glowing leopard in the biodome. A group of armed hunters comes and distracts the leopard. The leopard easily kills these hunters and runs off. Sheena gets really suspicious that she isn’t being told everything. Ransome the representative guiding her claims that they never imported such a creature. After a night’s sleep Sheena continues to track the leopard and comes on some more bodies. Most of them heavily armed. She runs into the leopard again and it almost kills her but decides not to and walks off.

The story continues to get interesting. Cardwell Industries clearly has been doing something and keeping it from Sheena. The guests in the dome are all armed and dressed like hunters on safari. Some really beautiful art. Sheena looks amazing. The art alone makes this series worthwhile.

BARBARELLA #5

“The Fun Never Stops”

Writer: Sarah Hoyt

Artist: Madibek Musabekov

Barbarella comes to the planet Rio. It is a pleasure planet, and she searches for the Lady. She meets a man named Brindon and he knows about Barbarella. While distracted some thugs attempt to kidnap Taln. She has to rescue him and later finds out from Brindon that he works for the Architects. She is later attacked by the traitor that was working at Tortuga. A woman that feels angry and jealous of Barbarella’s success. The leaders of Tortuga then appear for they knew of the traitor and was waiting for her to expose herself. She is captured and Barbarella finds out where the Lady is. She also comes to the realization that she loves Taln.

A bunch of stuff happened in this issue. The traitor that was working against Barbarella was exposed. A new character is introduced with knowledge of this mysterious race known as the Architects. The Lady is actually a reptile, but we don’t yet know why she has taken on Barbarella’s appearance. Finally, she has decided she loves Taln even though he is just a computer-generated hologram. The artwork as always is stunning. This guy is a treasure.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1

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Writer: Stephen Mooney

Artist: Jethro Morales

Sheena is kidnapped by the Cardwell corporation. They need her to go find out what is wrong with their new biodome. The biodome is an ecologically contained environment with all the world’s endangered species inside. Seems that the first group of tourists disappeared while visiting. An armed search party has also disappeared. Sheena isn’t very interested but her animal friends were sent into the dome. So, she parachutes in to find out what the problem is. She finds some Haitian and Navajo symbols plus the dead bodies of the search party. She is at first attacked by wolves, but they are driven off by a giant red leopard with glowing eyes.

The first issue in this new series has my interest. This strange biodome where tourists disappear has some great potential. The character of Sheena is intriguing, and the mystery deepens. I also love the artwork for this. Dynamite is really starting to hire some first-rate artists.

BARBARELLA #4

“Men of Steel”

Writer: Sarah Hoyt

Artist: Madibek Musabekov

Barbarella, Vix and Taln arrive on the planet Automata. They promptly get shot down and lose another ship. They find the culprit and he confess to working for the Lady. They find out that the robots on the planet are really cyborgs. The Lady kidnaps people and put their brains inside robots. Barbarella gives the assassin some directions to Tortuga where he will be safe. While her back is turned, Taln and Vix are kidnapped. Barbarella disguises herself as a robot but doesn’t do a convincing job. Vix finds her and leads her to where Taln is kept. He is in some arena. Barbarella has a romantic moment with Taln which brings back memories to the cyborgs of being human. They short circuit themselves and thus kill themselves realizing their lost humanity. Taln finds another ship and the new location of the Lady which is the planet Rio.

This was an interesting issue. We find out that Taln has for unknown reasons even to him has transcended from a hologram to something more substantive. The Lady is doing something that needs a constant supply of people. I did find the dialogue in this issue a bit awkward. Also, the way they kidnapped Taln so easily was a bit ridiculous. Still, I love this artwork and the story keeps me interested.