SHEENA #2

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“Sheena”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Gray Morrow

Sheena rescues the reporter Vic Casey and his friend from a group of lions. Vic wants to help Sheena for he has proof that the shaman didn’t assassinate the king. Unfortunately the shaman just passed away and the new king is coming with his mercenary army. Sheena and Vic attempt to slow down the convoy by taking out the fuel truck but the evil king doesn’t play fair. He uses the helicopter to start killing the animals and force the two to surrender. The king makes a deal with Vic for the photos showing how his brother died in exchange for giving the Zambuli their independence.

Well the plan runs into a snag when the jealous girlfriend decides to take Sheena up in the copter and drop her over the village. Sheena mentally calls flamingos to her rescue and crashes the copter with her as the only survivor. This rallies the Zambuli and with the help of the animals they rout the evil football player brother.

The conclusion to the 1984 movie. They did a good job of adapting the movie. I think it stuck close to the script. Been a while since I seen this movie. I do have it on DVD so maybe I’ll watch it again. It was your typical cheezy ’80s movie. Big hair, action and some gratuitous nudity thrown in. So ends my review of the Sheena comics.

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SHEENA #1

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“Sheena!”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Gray Morrow

A missionary couple are investigating the miraculous healing properties of the dirt on the sacred mountain of the Zambuli tribe. A cave-in kills the couple and orphans their young daughter. She is taken in my the shaman because of a prophecy and named Sheena. Sheena grows learning the secrets of communicating with animals and becomes the protector of the jungle.

One day the shaman goes to the capital city because of a vision that the kings life is in danger. It turns out she was right for the brother who is now a football player for the Washington Redskins is conspiring to assassinate his brother and assume the kingship. He will then gut the Zambouli land to get the valuable titanium. He has the shaman framed for the murder but Sheena comes with her animal friends and frees her. Following in pursuit is an American reporter.

I couldn’t end the Sheena reviews without doing the adaptation of the ’80s movie. A smash hit as the cover proclaims is probably not an accurate description. Its one of those forgotten movies because it was neither real bad or real good to be remembered. I liked the movie and Marvel did a good job of adapting the film. The exciting conclusion in the next issue.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #3

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“Return of the Jaguar Men Part Three”
Writers: David De Souza & Paul D. Storrie
Artist: Shawn McCauley

Sheena fights the jaguarmen on the roof of her mansion. Her loyal jaguar Yagua jumps in to save her but gets thrown off the roof and captured by Colonel Pinto’s men. He wants Yagua as a bargaining chip in getting the location to an emerald mine. From here things move pretty fast. A female student in the archeology team has dreams that lead to a secret opening in the temple and a treasure room. Sheena her friends Ransome and Kellerman are there when Colonel Pinto’s men come. Just then a student and his brothers are revealed to be the jaguar men. He found the herb that can transform men into jaguarmen. Fortunately while the jaguar men are formidable they are not immune to bullets or well placed knives. Then they have to fight a group of revenge minded poachers but the result is the same. Oh and Yagua escapes so he can’t be used so everything ends well for Sheena.

The final issue in the series comes to an exciting conclusion. It goes fast but has a lot of action with the fights with the jaguar men. It ends with two epilogues. One was the young woman who is going north because of visions. The other is a doctor who is behind the jaguarmen getting a tablet that was successfully taken from the temple. So there is a strong possibility of future Sheena issues in the future. This was from 2014 so I am hopeful. I love the world that was created for Sheena in the fictional country of Val Verde. And I think I have fallen in love with Sheena. A great series.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #2

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“Return of the Jaguar Men Part II”
Writers: David De Souza & Paul D. Storrie
Artist: Shawn McCauley

The video of Yagua being the man eating attacker has leaked out. Now everyone is coming out to hunt Sheena’s jaguar friend down. Colonel Pinto the head of the secret police is leading the hunt. The archeology team manages to enter the temple and find that the old jaguar cult practiced human sacrifice. Sheena also finds that Yagua was attacked by something with claws and is being nursed back to health. At the same time Colonel Pinto arrives at Sheena’s compound with his men seeking treatment from a gunshot wound. It is then that she hears a noise from the roof and when she investigates finds real life anthropomorphic jaguar men.

Another fun story with an interesting story. We get to see Sheena in her Rachel Cardwell persona and balance the dumb act with her natural intelligence. It also ends with a cliffhanger in the appearance of the jaguar men. Very interested in finding out more about them and what happens.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1

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“Return of the Jaguar Men part I”
Writers: David & Steven E de Souza
Artist: Jake Minor

An archeologist expedition is excavating a temple of the legendary Jaguar Men. The temple in on the property of Rachel Cardwell and was a former drug kingpin estate. Rachel is also secretly Sheena and she is going out to take down some more intruders desecrating the jungle. This time the bad guys are enslaving the local natives to mine emeralds. Sheena and her animal friends make short work of the guys and have plenty of emeralds to donate to the local mission. She comes back to her estate to find out that one of the students has been viciously mauled by an animal. Kellerman managed to get a picture and it shows a jaguar that looks like Sheena’s jaguar friend Yagua.

So Sheena has moved to a new comic company. But it still retained the writer of Die Hard who created this series. Its another interesting idea. An archeological expedition. A mysterious local legend about the Jaguar Men. Fierce men that could transform into flesh eating jaguars. And of course the beautiful Sheena kicking butt on the bad guys.

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.

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.