Dynamite Entertainment 2016
Written by Corinna Bechko
Illustrated by Roberto Castro
Coloured by Alex Guimaraes
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Gosh darn it seriously Corinna you had me all ready to bust a tear at the end of this story. Now I want you to keep writing more stories with them and i’ll even start a new chapter with Sheena, something I’ve never done before. Of course with a story like this one where time travel is involved what I’d personally love to see next is how the future is taken care of after what Laine did. After all that’s an open ending for a revisit if I’ve ever seen one.
I’m such a fan of the dialogue here and it doesn’t matter who you are or what era you’re from the battle between the sexes never sounded so good. Throughout the issue we see some good irony too as words spoken are ignored later and impulses acted upon in ways that well make the characters emotional responses more relatable to. Also that the two, Tarzan and Sheena, argue about what to do it’s another who’s the voice of reason asking who they are to decide for the rest of the world when others have a stake in all this as well.
The dressing down of sorts that Tarzan gets hre is phenomenal. Just because one is a protector of the land doesn’t mean they shouldn’t listen to those who also live on that same land. To think unilaterally that you have the authority to make decisions well we see just how wrong that is here, regardless of its good intentions. I really am a loving the characterization here, throughout the whole story arc i’ve gotten to find an appreciation for these characters that I’ve never had before thanks to Corinna.
I think that’s the biggest takeaway I can give you here. For those that wouldn’t pick up a book with these characters in them this is the one you should read. Be it when it comes out in trade of by finding the six issue series at your local shoppe or subscription service. This will enlighten, illuminate and introduce you to these characters in ways you’ve never thought about before and if you don’t change how you look and feel towards these characters than that’s on me because I think that what Corinna has done here is make them more readily accessible to the general public.
Then there’s the interiors. This is the kind of work I absolutely love to see, the attention to detail is incredible and the use of backgrounds is outstanding. The faces, expressions and bodies are so very well proportioned and beautiful to look at without falling into the sexualised category. The use of pages and panels through angles and perspective help the flow of the story run so smoothly. The colouring is amazing whether it’s the effects or the blonde hair, with it’s multi shading technique, or the way the leopard prints comes across it’s perfectly done.
This is why I love reading comics and share that with the world. I’ve discovered characters I’ve known about but ignored and to my complete and utter amazement found myself loving every minute of this adventure. From new characters and villains to a concept and execution that made it all seem to work so naturally this is one I can’t recommend enough.