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Sheena: Dark Rising #3

Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Steven DeSouza
Lee Ferguson and Rebekha Isaacs, Christopher Gugliotti (c), Andy B
Devil's Bue Publishing
The leftover Nazis reveal their plans. Sheena decides to stop the madmen. Her companions Bob and Ransome take flight, and Sheena's acting leaves Colonel Pinto suspicious.

There's a lot in Sheena: Dark Rising to recommend. First and foremost, Sheena kills a crap-load of people. The original Sheena seldom took prisoners, and this incarnation is no different. Nazis die horribly and she gives little thought to the kills. Such behavior is what I expect from somebody raised to survive in the jungle. The animals that accompany Sheena take part in the killing. In one scene, Sheena's panther friend eats somebody's head.

Sheena in addition to displaying a refreshing pragmatism regarding the slaying of enemies also evinces cunning. The way she escapes is brilliant and she uses the impetus of that escape to further support the ruse she puts on for the civilized world.

DeSouza characterizes the Nazis as the sick-minded racists of their forbearers. Frequently, they refer to their fellow humans as "degenerate" and as "mongrels." The addition of exoskeletons, secret Nazi bases, and the double crosses just adds to the pulpy fun.

The artwork by Ferguson, Issacs and Gugliotti bestows to Sheena a savage grace that's put through ample gymnastic paces. She's drawn with an attention to muscle and power. Occasionally, the plethora of cast members daunts the artists, and they decline to detail all. However, the reliance on silhouettes doesn't hurt the story or the overall picture.

This latest Sheena mini-series was an entertaining echo to the pulps. Sheena is just as deadly as she was back in her original days and the artists emphasize her physique rather than exploit her form for titillation.

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