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.

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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.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #5

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artist: Maria Sanapo

The Cadwell strip mining operation has unearthed hordes of face stealers. Bullets don’t effect them. Only Sheena’s knife seems to kill them. Luckily her tribe comes and their poisoned arrows and blow darts also kill them. Still the horde is endless and Sheena decides the only way to stop them is to close the door. So with the help of Chano they fight their way to the stone slab that kept them prisoner. They push it together but only Sheena’s knife can fuse the crack shut. Then the face stealers all die. The tribe is saved and Cadwell’s mercenaries are taken prisoner to be turned over authorities. Chano’s video will seriously hurt Cadwell’s reputation. At the end two tribesmen are observing Sheena and talk about not telling her the truth about her past. That a door has been opened and they do not know what will step through.

So this story comes to an exciting conclusion. Sheena saves the day and the face stealers and Cadwell’s mining operation are stopped. Yet it leaves us with a mystery about Sheena’s past and a very new threat that will probably come. An enjoyable story with beautiful art especially Sheena.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #4

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artists: Maria Sanapo & Mario Torrisi

Sheena and Chano are confronted by face stealers. Creatures that assume the likeness of people than kill them. The two manage to fight off the creatures and run away. They lead them to the venom blossoms. While the blossoms attack the face stealers they slip out. So they notice that the Cadwell strip mining operation is already started. The mercenaries are about to attack the village when Sheena comes with proof that their surveyor is dead. They quickly find out that the mercenaries have no interest in keeping their part of the deal. So Sheena lies and tells them of the vast gold inside the temple. This stops them for a moment. Long enough for them to discover the danger of the face stealers. For the mining operation has released them into the jungle.

So the series gets a new artist team. I like there style better. Not so gloomy and dark. Also the story is picking up with the conflict with the mercenaries. The discovery of the face stealers and the threat they pose to the jungle. Even Chano is starting to grow on me.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #3

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Writers: Marguerita Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artists: Moritat and Dimi Macheras

Sheena and Chano are attacked by the Death Blossoms. Sheena manages to snap out of it and rescue Chano. They run further into the temple where the moonlight can’t nourish them. So they continue to look for the surveyor. They get separated by a trap with Sheena dodging acid arrows from an old machine. Chano has to run away from acid bugs. Sheena manages to find Chano with the help of his girly screams. They eventually find the surveyor who is a dried out husk of a corpse. They find that some creatures have been stalking them.

This issue is picking up the action. We get a spooky temple with all sorts of traps. A mysterious pool of blood and a dead surveyor. Ends with them being attacked by very strange humanoid type creatures. Sheena seems to be the only competent one around and Chano is pretty useless. Although he did at least have a flashlight.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #2

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artists: Moritat and Dimi Macheras

Sheena finds some guy wandering around and thinks he is the missing surveyor. Instead he is some student from the university. He is there to expose Cadwell for exploiting the off limits Zona Prohibita. Sheena is disappointed because she wasted time tracking him who is obviously a wimpy guy. He does have information on the missing surveyor so gets to accompany Sheena in finding him. They run into a pride of jaguars and Sheena manages to find out more info on the missing surveyor. The two stumble upon the ruins from the lost people The Lords of Paitaiti. She doesn’t like trespassing on the site and we find out for good reason. Deadly plants known as the Death Blossoms are secreting a hallucinogen to lull them so it can kill them.

So this issue was a mostly talky one. Still we get some more information on whats going on. Seems Cadwell has done the lost surveyor before as an excuse to wipe out villages. It has some intriguing possibilites with death plants and ancient ruins. This seems to have adopted the basic world that De Souza created for the character but ignores what was done in other comics. I find that not a bad idea. The character could use a new reboot. Too bad they still follow the pattern of teaming Sheena up with some wimpy soy boy.

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1

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Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
Artists: Moritat and Dimi Macheras

Sheena is out shooting down drones with her arrows. She then arrives at her village and finds armed mercenaries from Cadwell Industries. They are looking for a lost surveyor and have found a piece of his clothing. Sheena and her animal friends come and stop the mercenaries from killing the villagers. She comes to an agreement to find the missing surveyor in three days. Otherwise the mercenaries will start killing the villagers. Sheena goes and tracks down some man who is walking by a river.

So the first issue of Sheena is OK. It seems to start out slow. I think the mercenaries are a little too evil. I don’t think corporate mercenaries would cause so much trouble for a missing surveyor. As for the art I think Sheena looks beautiful but I wish there was more color. Everything is so brown and dark. It could use some more brighter colors. A slow start but I am keeping an open mind.