Sheena #2 is an improvement on its first issue in every respect. As I noted in my review, the first issue was an enjoyable read but I feared it presumed too much in thinking the reader would already be familiar with the established cast first introduced in the 2007 Sheena mini-series. By contrast, this issue takes care to introduce us to all of Sheena's supporting cast and identifies them all by name.
This issue also features a number of good character moments that the first issue lacked. My favorite of these involves bodyguard Martin Ransome - a man's man if ever there was one - showing he's more than dumb muscle after being called 'Sherlock Holmes' sarcastically. There's also a funny bit where Sheena fights against the bimbo stereotype she normally plays at being in her secret identity, in a tribute to a classic joke.
The artwork by Shawn McCauley is a perfect match for the story. McCauley's general style is exaggerated in a way that is reminiscent of the great Will Eisner - fitting given that Eisner was one of Sheena's co-creators! This streamlined style lends itself well to the issue's fluid action sequences but also allows the characters some intricate expressions in their close-ups.
Bottom Line: If you're a fan of classic pulp adventure comics, Sheena should be on your pull list.
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