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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #2

Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2007
By: Ray Tate

Plot: Steven E. DeSouza
Script: Robert DeSouza & Rodi
Line Artist: Matt Merhoff
Color Artist: Wes Dzioba
Publisher: Devil’s Due

Devil's Due expands on their plans for Sheena Queen of the Jungle. The plot and characterization grow more complex with this issue while the art stays sublime and exquisite.

When DeSouza & Rodi introduced Sheena, she seemed to be a feral wild child. Well, she's still that, but DeSouza & Rodi winningly follows the pattern set by the original. Sheena knows English, and just because she wears a leopard skin loin cloth and swings around on vines, just because she chooses to shirk civilization, doesn't mean her intelligence should be underestimated.

Sheena's parents were the son and daughter-in-law of the head of Cardwell Industries, the amoral businessman who transfomed Val Verde from jungle to city hot spot. Sheena's parents died in a plane crash, but this issue reveals that the crash wasn't an accident. The villain takes particular interest in Sheena, for she quickly learns that Sheena may be in fact the heir apparent to Cardwell.

Sheena plays dumb and crazy in this issue. She only drops the act when the villain leaves the vicinity, and that's when DeSouza & Rodi display her extreme cunning as well as her linguistic abilities. DeSouza & Rodi also rescitate the idea of Sheena being linked to the animals and conceives a clever escape form her current plausible predicament that leaves the villain dumbfounded.

DeSouza & Rodi's staccato effect caused by a narrative in different times works better in this issue because the focus lies on only one character's point of view. The dialogue is smartly written. Sheena's interaction with the environmentalist who encountered her is grin-worthy. Things don't play out to his fantasies I'm happy to say.

The artists make Sheena formidable. They contrast Sheena with the ultrasophisticated villain of the piece. They give a severe cut to the villain's suit. They bestow sinew beneath the hero's bronze skin and give her the strong body language of a warrior. Sheena's return to comics impresses.

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