Sheena #0 – Hit or Miss?
Writer: Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo
Covers: Emanuela Lupacchino (A), Moritat, Ryan Sook, J. Scott Campbell
“The jungle is full of dangers. To survive you must be strong. You must be silent. You must be swift……..”
I feel I should preface this by saying I have never read a Sheena book before. The concept did interest me though and its free on Comixology, so here we are.
Sheena is the self-proclaimed guardian of the Amazon jungle. When a flying turtle (drone) catches her eye, she makes it her mission to shoot it down. Unfortunately it lands on “sacred” and “forbidden” grounds of a long forgotten temple. New mission, find the drone and remove it. Alright. That doesn’t sound bad, right? It’s not. Except for the part where she spends the entire book doing it.Okay, not too horrible. However, its not that exciting. The book tries to make it seem that way, but it drags on a bit. Bennett and Trujillo should have wrapped it up in the first half of the book but didn’t. They did give us a little “uh-oh” moment at the end as bait. Perhaps I’ll bit for book 1.
Bennett and Trujillo also tried to pull off some internal dialogue. It doesn’t really work. Reminds me of old comics telling you what they are gonna do. It is distracting here and a tad bit annoying. I know Sheena has only the local fauna with her right now. Yet, the dialogue is mostly for the reader’s interest. I completely understand what they are trying to do. Bennett and Trujillo should rein it back a little.
As far as Moritat’s art, I also wasn’t too impressed. Parts of Sheena’s body just look off. Sometimes its her feet. Sometimes its her arms. Other times its her head or her whole body. It wasn’t too distracting to me the first time, but it did catch my eye. After a second or third time through I can’t stop noticing whatever is off. Simply put, I didn’t really like it. I would have liked it better if one of the cover artists had pencilled it instead. Heck, I would have went for J. Scott Campbell and I’m not overly fond of his style. Campbell does have some good art though.
I was kind of afraid of any oversexualization I usually see with characters like Sheena and Red Sonja and Vampirella who usually have a lot of their midsection exposed. Other than the leopard one-piece, I didn’t really have to worry about that. I guess that’s a plus? Sheena does turn a few flips and does a few trick, so its cool to see some athleticism as being very important to her character. I can certainly give that a thumbs up.
Sheena should get a new team or pump itself up by the next issue. I really like to give books second, third, fourth chances. I’ll stay with Sheena just a little bit longer. I’m sure #1 is gonna be better. It is the beginning of the series after all.
Could be better, could be worse. For a free issue, no harm done.