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Review of "Jungle Book #2" from Zenescope
By: Eva Jarkiewicz
Date: Apr, 2012
Story: Mark L Miller / Raven Gregory / Joe Brusha / Ralph Tedesco
Writer: Mark L Miller
Pencils: Carlos Granda
Colorist: Liezl Buenaventura
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: cover a Mike Dealfo / Sanju Nivangune
Issue Reviewed: #2
On Stands: Apr 11, 2012
Review Rating: 8/10
Shere Kahn prepares to strike at the very heart of the wolf clan beginning with his most hated rival and Mowglii's surrogate mother, mother wolf. Meanwhile Mowglii's wanderings bring her face to face with one of the most ferocious creatures in the jungle, the vicious bear Baloo. And her first encounter with the beast may very well prove to be her last.
Though I was slightly reserved with issue 1, not sure if this story would pull me in like so many others have. I am now unreservedly behind this story. The only thing about issue 2 that disappointed me was getting to the last page and realizing i have to wait to see how the creative team at Zenescope handles the next part of the story. Leave it to Zenescope to think of a way to turn yet another childhood tale into a story that adults can be drawn into once again.
Issue 2 brings Mowglii into an encounter with Baloo, which though fundamental to the Jungle Book tale is not the encounter that we recall from the children's version of the story. Instead we see the two doing battle, but is all as it would first appear? We also see Bomami among the tigers with Shere Kahn. Has he fully gained his place mong them? Could a human, even one raised by them ever fully fit in? Additionally, the bitterness and hatred held in the heart of Shere Kahn is well conveyed in this twist on the tale. Will this bitterness destroy all that Mowglii known?
The closing panels definitely set the stage for some interesting twists in the coming issues. And I for one can't wait to see where this team takes the story next. I always have preferred books that have strong writing and amazing art, and Zenescope have delivered both in yet another of their books. Highly suggest you give this book a read if you haven't yet done so.