Lord of the Jungle 2 (February 2012)

856596My Tarzan is a little sketchy, but I’m pretty sure Tarzan’s dashing cousin doesn’t come looking for him. His royal dashing cousin. I’m equally sure said royal dashing cousin isn’t courting Jane. I’m positive, however, there wasn’t a fetching black maid accompanying Jane.

Nelson and Castro are sexing Lord of the Jungle up a bit, which is an odd choice. Who do they think is going to be reading a Tarzan comic? It’s got limited appeal to regular comic readers, but as a crossover title? Forgot it.

But what do I know.

Odd additions aside–and a wasted full page spread introducing Tarzan–it’s not a bad issue. Nelson’s dialogue seems a little modern for 1908, but it’s perfectly acceptable.

There are a lot of loose plot details; I wonder if he’s incorporating them multiple Tarzan novels. Some annotations would be nice.

While somewhat less so, I’m still pleasantly surprised.

CREDITS

The Forest God; writer, Arvid Nelson; artist, Roberto Castro; colorist, Alex Guimaraes; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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