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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #10

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artist: Maria Sanapo

Sheena and her two friends Chano and Lirio survive the explosion. They gather up the pieces to the temple face and start to take it back to the site of the original temple. There it will stop the rot that is effecting Mother Forest. First they run into Caldwell and his security man who want payback for their destroyed facility. Sheena’s grandmother comes and saves them with Laura being left behind as Caldwell escapes. Then Sheena and her grandmother must battle a remaining monster and they manage to defeat it together. But the grandmother has a falling out with Sheena because she is friends with Chano a Cowodi. Finally the three make it to the original temple site and Sheena uses her mystical knife to fuse the stone face together and thus stop the rot. At the end Laura wounded is found by the corrupt police captain. She has proof that Sheena is Caldwell’s long lost granddaughter.

So the first series in Dynamite’s take on Sheena comes to an end. I enjoyed it. It had it’s up and down moments but on the whole I found it entertaining. It set up the world of Sheena and her friends. Also her enemies. The big revelation about Caldwell should make for interesting future stories since he just tortured and tried to kill his granddaughter. The rift with her grandmother has some interesting future potential. Not to mention the continuing threat to the jungle from tampering with the mystical safeguards of the First People. I hope they continue with another series in the future.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #9

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artists: Maria Sanapo and Vincenzo Acunzo

Three monsters have come through the temple dimensional portal. Lirio and Chano are locked in the room where the monsters are impervious to gunfire. This angers Sheena so much that she is able to break through the bulletproof but not Sheenaproof glass in her holding cell. Sheena figures out a way to hurt the monsters. Our world’s weapons have no effect but weapons from their dimension would probably hurt them. So she tears off a fang from one of the monsters and uses it quite effectively. As this goes on Caldwell, Laura and his security men are running from one of the escaped monsters. In addition the local head of the countries secret police is coming to investigate. Laura panics and sets off the explosives hidden in the chamber with the temple.

Well this was an exciting issue with lots of action. Sheena is a real badass as she ignores the shocker on her wrist to break out of her cell. Then crawls into one of the monster’s mouths and rip out it’s tooth to kill it. That is pretty cool. Ends with an explosion so you want to read the next issue to see what happens.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #8

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artist: Maria Sanapo

Sheena wakes up to find herself locked in a cage at a secret research facility of Cadwell Industries. A beautiful scientist explains how they plan to use her to open the ancient temple doors. They plan to do this by using her friends Chano and Lirio to force Sheena to help. This gets Sheena angry and she breaks out of the cage. But Cadwell himself is there and uses the electro shocker on her wrist to subdue her. Lirio decides to end this by stealing a knife and using her knowledge of the ancient’s magic manages to open the temple doors. From them emerge Mapinguari.

The series is really picking up now. Sheena finally meets the CEO of Cadwell who does a good job of playing the evil CEO. Sheena shows she is one tough chick. Her friends are reunited and ends with another cliffhanger that the nasty monsters have been let loose. I have to say I really love this artists version of Sheena. I don’t think I ever seen her drawn so beautiful before.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #7

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artist: Maria Sanapo

Sheena and her friend Lirio are confronted by the mysterious huntress. She is anxious to find out if Sheena has a mark on her wrist. The three get into a fight and the huntress finds the mark. She reveals that she is Sheena’s grandmother. That her daughter was taken with other young children by outsiders. She searched for her daughter and finally found that she died in a plane crash. But she has heard of the blonde haired girl who has defended Mother Forest. She also claims she is not responsible for the blight that is affecting the forest.

Meanwhile at Cadwell industries a group is trying to break into a temple but some power always disintegrates the men trying to break in. Cadwell is very impatient and threatens his chief of security who comes up with the idea that Sheena could open the door. So he goes out and captures Sheena and Lirio.

So Sheena has a grandmother and I have to say she has really aged well. Doesn’t look like a grandmother at all. We also find out that the evil Cadwell corporation is once again up to no good. Messing around with stuff they shouldn’t be messing with. So Sheena and her friend get captured and her grandmother is once again real angry. Also a nice glimpse into Sheena’s past.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #6

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artist: Maria Sanapo

Sheena is finding a rot spreading among the trees and fruit of Mother Forest. So she goes back to her village and shows it to her friend Lirio who is the plant expert. The Chieftainess comes back and has news that a huntress is spreading the rot. She is also looking for Sheena. So Sheena and Lirio go in search of this huntress. While out they are attacked by a Mapinguari. A Mapinguari is a creature from legend that has four arms, a huge eye and a large mouth in it’s chest. Sheena’s weapons prove useless but Lirio finds poison flowers and throws them into its mouth. This kills it but now they have to face the mysterious huntress.

Another intriguing story. Sheena is despondent and blames herself for the face stealer incident. I really don’t see what she did wrong. Anyway we now have her friend accompanying her and introducing the Mapinguari. This was a creature established in the older series and is indeed a weird looking creature. It ends with the mysterious huntress that is searching for Sheena. I do love the new artist. She seems to capture what Sheena should look like.