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Preview: Lords Of The Jungle #5

Lords Of The Jungle #5

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Felipe Massafera (a), Roberto Castro (b)
incentive cover: Roberto Castro (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

With the scope of the plot behind Jane’s kidnapping laid bare, Tarzan and Sheena are faced with something even more sinister: the possibility that no timeline is safe from the depredations of an apocalyptic cult! But with few resources and even fewer friends, can they wrest their fates and the future of their homes from the hands of Laine and her power mad cronies?

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Preview: Lords Of The Jungle #4

Lords Of The Jungle #4

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Felipe Massafera (a), Roberto Castro (b)
incentive cover: Roberto Castro (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Tensions rise as Tarzan’s options run out and he finds himself left with nothing but an impossible choice. Meanwhile, Sheena discovers that London is more like a jungle than she could have imagined. Together they face the fight of their lives, with the fate of both their homes hanging in the balance.

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Preview: Lords Of The Jungle #3

Lords Of The Jungle #3

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Felipe Massafera (a), Roberto Castro (b)
incentive cover: Roberto Castro (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

London of 1937 doesn’t feel much like home to Sheena, but that doesn’t stop her from bringing a bit of the wild with her into the city. Meanwhile, Tarzan has problems of his own, and the chaos that Sheena seems to attract just might get Jane killed! These two forces of nature have learned to respect each other, but can they join forces for long enough to accomplish each of their goals… or will the course of history be altered forever?!

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Preview: Lords Of The Jungle #2

Lords Of The Jungle #2

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Felipe Massafera (a), Roberto Castro (b)
incentive cover: Roberto Castro (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Displaced in time, lost in an unfamiliar wilderness, and beset by enemies on all sides, Sheena must search for a way home before her own jungle is destroyed. There’s only one man who might have the key to her salvation, but Tarzan has problems of his own as he battles for his name and his family in London’s underbelly, a place more vicious than Sheena can imagine!

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Preview: Lords of the Jungle #1

Lords of the Jungle #1

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Roberto Castro
covers: Alex Ross (a), Roberto Castro (b)
incentive cover: Alex Ross (artboard), Roberto Castro (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Tarzan has long been the protector of his jungle stronghold, but this time the fight has to be taken to his enemy’s territory, deep in the heart of London. Half a world away and nearly a century later, Sheena is battling foes of her own when she is mysteriously swept through time and space to 1930’s Africa, leaving her own land unprotected. Will these two Lords of the Jungle find enough common ground to join forces? Or will the resulting culture clash lead to mutual destruction?

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Review: Lords of the Jungle #1

Lords of the Jungle #1 CoverOne of things I have heard and I really believe about comics, is that every comic on the stands could be someone’s first comic book. So from time to time I like to just jump out and grab something that catches my eye, even if I never heard of it before. With that said I was looking through the advance previews available and I saw listed with the Dynamite books Lords of the Jungle #1 so i grabbed it and saw the cover to the left…

That is beautiful, and Alex Ross of course. The colors make me think of old Conan books, which is always a good thing if you ask me.

The first issue is seemingly all about the lady on the cover, Sheena of the Jungle, and what is going on with her and some nefarious dudes that want to destroy the jungle to make some fat stacks of cash. Obviously Sheena lives in the jungle and is able to make a counter-attack with her animal friends. I have to admit that this does have a terrifying sequence involving a parrot, mainly it’s terrifying because I hate birds with their beaks that can crush your finger if you get it to close and their. So maybe that part won’t be as scary for you if you happen to like birds, which you totally shouldn’t because I have seen them turn on people for no reason! None! Just stay away, don’t get near their cages and don’t try to give them peanuts or whatever, not worth losing a fingertip and being called stumpy every time you wave at your so-called friends.

Uh….

Alright, maybe that’s just me and my phobia of birds. Anyways, this is a fun book, the art is by Roberto Castro and I couldn’t find fault with it at all. I mean, it’s all about a girl running around in the jungle in a leopardskin bikini, so it’s gotta be pretty. But it did feel like the story kinda jumped around and didn’t flow real well. Like some parts felt like i was supposed to know something or understand something about the setting that i just don’t know. I’ve never read any Sheena comics or stories before yknow? Sure I’ve seen them on the racks at shops, but never read any of them or even reviews or previews, so I don’t know what her story is. The way she talks doesn’t seem like someone who lives in the jungle and is surrounded by leopard men monsters and (terrifying) parrots and whatnot, so I’m sorta left wondering what’s going on exactly.

Not that I’m trying to bash the book, I mean it’s the first issue of a limited series, and apparently continuing the story of Sheena from a previous book, but a prologue or something would’ve been nice for the first issue so that everybody is on the same page. Which brings me back to my first point, every comic is potentially someone’s first comic. We don’t need to dumb anything down, just keep in mind that each issue should be able to stand on its own, fit into the rest of the story and end with cliffhangers yes, but stand on its own just fine. And this issue, does okay but it feels more like the second issue in the series. As if we already all know who Sheena is and what her story is. Tarzan shows up at the end, but only for a panel. The absolutely beautiful art makes up for any confusion I’m feeling from the story, and I am interested to see what happens, are Tarzan and Sheena gonna hook up? Are they gonna fight to see which one the animals like more? I dunno, but I wanna find out where this is going and why.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Roberto Castro

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Lords of the Jungle Unites Tarzan and Sheena for the First Time

Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ original jungle hero Tarzan joins the comic industry’s first leading lady, Sheena, for the first time ever! Dynamite Entertainment, known for bold, modern interpretations of classic pulp characters, bring together wilderness royalty in Lords of the Jungle, a thrilling miniseries slated to debut on March 16, 2016. Written by Corinna Bechko with interior art by Roberto Castro, Lords of the Jungle features two covers for its first issue, by series artist Castro and industry legend Alex Ross respectively.

Tarzan has long been the protector of his jungle stronghold, but this time the fight has to be taken to his enemy’s territory, deep in the heart of London. Half a world away and nearly a century later, Sheena is battling foes of her own when she is mysteriously swept through time and space to 1930’s Africa, leaving her own land unprotected. Will these two Lords of the Jungle find enough common ground to join forces? Or will the resulting culture clash lead to mutual destruction?

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Preview: Red Sonja/Conan #4

Red Sonja/Conan #4

writer: Victor Gischler
artist: Roberto Castro
cover: Ed Benes
subscription cover: Roberto Castro
incentive cover: Ed Benes (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Red Sonja and Conan have stormed a fortress intent on finding and stopping the wizard Kal’Ang. They are startled to discover an even greater foe from their past. Can their willpower match the mind of a sorcerer? It will take more than speed and strength to save them this time, but the Cimmerian and the fire haired warrior women will never give up … even if asked to face down a god.

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Preview: Red Sonja / Conan #3

Red Sonja / Conan #3

writer: Victor Gischler
artist: Roberto Castro
cover: Ed Benes
subscription cover: Roberto Castro
incentive cover: Ed Benes (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

For years, the old blind Seer has helped the wizard Kal’Ang climb to power, but just when Kal’Ang needs him the most, the Seer tells the wizard he must now deal with a final threat on his own. What final threat? The wrath of Conan and Red Sonja of course. Recognizing that the scourge of blood root has risen again, the Cimmerian and the red haired hellion go after Kal’Ang with a vengeance. But what of the Seer and his secret motivations?

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Review: Red Sonja/Conan #2

RSConan02-Cov-A-BenesRed Sonja awakens after her first battle against Kal’ang and his army, trying to piece together what has just happened. The bigger question though is, why is any of this happening?

The story opens with Red Sonja waking from her unconscious state, only to find three men scavenging a pile of corpses decaying on the battle field nearby. From there, she tries to remember what has occurred through the questioning of one of the men who saw the battle from afar. The problem with the story is that, it feels like a wonderful climax to a larger tale but, not enough work has gone into character development to make the battle compelling. Kal’ang’s motivation for fighting centers on his desire to conquer the world but, we do not have enough time with the character to truly understand why. Similarly, Red Sonja and Conan have almost no interaction. Conan barely has any part to play aside from a few lines of dialogue and some brief scenes during the battle flashbacks. Sonja and Conan’s relationship grows little and there is minimal development on why they are fighting together either. With more time for characters to grow, this could have been a fantastic climax to a violent war. Instead, it feels rushed, with the battle ending only in flashbacks and the final confrontation seemingly already on the horizon.

The art works very well to accentuate all of the action and violence. The set pieces are well laid out and the battles feel chaotic. There is a sense of tension many times in these sequences where the fighting is fast and impactful. Kal’ang’s beasts look especially impressive in combat. Although, the art does have moments when it falters. There is a lack of consistency in how characters muscles are accentuated. Some are done in only in light gray shading, while others are inked in dark black. There are other issues of consistency as well. On one page, the monsters created by Kal’ang are larger than the humans they are fighting but not by much then, on the very next page, Sonja and her horse are barely as big as the foot of the very same creature.

Overall, this issue feels like it could have been a great final chapter to a larger narrative but, the build up to it was too rushed and none of the action feels like a rewarding payoff of what the series has done so far.

Story: Victor Gischler Art: Roberto Castro
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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