Dynamite Entertainment 2021
Written by Stephen Mooney
Illustrated by Jethro Morales
Coloured by Dinei Ribeiro
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
Sheena has entered the MegaPark – under the watchful eye of her keeps at Cardwell Industries - in search of her animal friends and the mysterious beast wreaking havoc in the man-made jungle, but what she’s discovered threatens to destroy her very world!
I am loving this series so far. Seeing Sheena going into the MegaPark and learning what she is thus only shows just how shady Ransome is and how this park is anything but a legitimate tourist destination. I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough but then again I try to be as spoiler free as I humanly can be. I do like the way Stephen has been setting this up and now that she’s in the park how we see these events unfold. I am also enjoying how the reader becomes engaged in the story along the way as we, the readers’, get deeper and deeper into this. One of the things I wonder about is how she can be Queen of the Jungle in this day and age when the rainforest is disappearing hourly. There is just so much surrounding her, her origin and how she lives that it is easy to get lost in thought.
I am positively loving the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information are presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does a magnificent job continuing to flesh out their personalities. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages revealing more of the story the more we are drawn into this and the more involved, invested and engaged we become.
I am extremely impressed with the way that we see this being structured and how the layers continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen. I am also liking the way that we see the layers open up new avenues to explore. Whether this is what they have secretly planned, the beast of why the “tourists” are loaded for bear they all add this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward are impeccably handled.
The interiors here are bloody well brilliant to see. The linework is utterly gorgeous and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality of detail within the work that we see is phenomenal. How we see backgrounds being utilised, though honestly I would like to see more, to enhance and expand the moments as well as how they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masterful eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows an amazing eye for how colour works.
I’m in love with this series and I sincerely hope that this is just the opening salvo in a series of limited-series’. It has been a while since we’ve seen Sheena like this, strong, confident and in control of herself and she makes for one heck of a heroine and role model. It is also a chance for readers’ to get to know endangered animals and how bad we are raping the natural world. There is some extraordinary writing and wonderful characterisation that is all wrapped up in these beautifully brilliant interiors.