Comic Review: Lord of the Jungle #3
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Lord of the Jungle #3
Written by Arvid Nelson
Illustrated by Roberto Castro
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Colors by Alex Guimaraes
Covers by Paul Reaud, Lucio Parrillo, and Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 11, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

If you like the character of Tarzan, you’re going to love Lord of the Jungle #3. Simply put, it’s a fantastic Tarzan story. Dynamite Entertainment is really turning their books up a notch creatively. Line wide, they are dismissed by many as just a licensed comic publisher, but honestly, if you take the time to READ their books, you’re going to find that a big percentage of them are well thought out, well-crafted comics.

In this issue, writer Arvid Nelson continues telling a great story that he started two issues ago. Yes, it’s origin-like, but not completely an origin, if that makes any sense. It will when you read the book.

The thing I loved about this book is that it’s got everything you want in a Tarzan comic. Tarzan swinging from vines, battling jungle creatures, saving people that have NO business being in the jungle, and more. There’s an interesting mystery going on, too. Nelson has given the answer to the audience, but I get the feeling he hasn’t given them all of the mystery.

Wow, Roberto Castro, just…wow. I remember being impressed with the artwork on the first issue, but this issue is better by leaps and bounds! And again, the first issue was not too shabby by any means. He’s got a real grasp of anatomy. And I mean that in EVERY sense of the word. Human, animal, skeletal, he draws it all this issue. His jungle scenery looks deadly accurate, but you’ll have to take that with a grain of salt, as I’ve never actually BEEN to a jungle. Keep an eye on him, Dynamite editors, I can really see another company snatching him up VERY soon.

There are a LOT of comic books out this week, and they’re all screaming for your attention and money. Well, this book deserves both. Take a break from your “normal” reads and check this out. It’s good, solid storytelling with a very high entertainment value.

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