Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Jungle Jim' #4 by Paul Tobin, Sandy Jarrell and Tadd Galusha


The exciting conclusion to Dynamite's very entertaining miniseries, King: Jungle Jim, arrives with issue #4 and while it may not have been the epic ending we had hoped, it still remains a winner. It's the final showdown against Ming's forces with one shot at saving Daris. Jim's brilliant plan? Get the jungle drunk. Wait, what?

Ever since we were introduced to Jungle Jim (in issue two no less) he's been an amusing but powerful hero. And not a hero in the typical sense. Jim can control and communicate with the plants, trees and animals of the jungle but behind his bravado and wisecracks, he wants to empower his allies. It makes what could be perceived as a silly drunk loud mouth a much more empathetic figure. There is a method to his madness.

The series works because Paul Tobin knows how to create engaging characters whether it's the lead or a second or third supporting character. The first issue is a great example of developing the plot and exposition through everyone except the titular character who we don't really meet until the second issue. That takes some creative freedom and a set of balls the size of pumpkins to pull off. 

None of it would work without Tadd Galusha's detailed and expressive pencils (issue four included layouts by Sandy Jarrell). The layouts are fairly simple but very effective especially during the final battle.  There is a fluid rhythm to the panels, one panoramic shot after another, to emphasize the forward attack by our heroes. Luigi Anderson's bright sunlit colors keep the tone of the series light.

Everything is resolved with few surprises and rather one-sided. It seems brief too, but perhaps I just wanted to spend more time with these characters. Tobin has created a fun universe  with an obscure hero that has been a complete delight. I'm hoping we'll see more of Jungle Jim. It's been one of the best surprises in comic books this year. 


Comments

  1. To clarify, artwork by Tadd Galusha was not "included" in the book - artwork by Tadd Galusha WAS the pencils and inks of the entire issue.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I know there was some confusion on our part as to how much Galusha contributed but if that's the case I'll update the review.

    ReplyDelete
  3. That would be wonderful, thank you!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Eliza Dushku Stars in Sci-Fi Short 'The Gable 5'

Kevin Tancharoen, the filmmaker that created the popular webseries, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has returned to Machinima with his latest short film entitled The Gable 5 starring one of Joss Whedon's favorite action heroines, Eliza Dushku. The ties to the Whedon-verse are well intact as Tancharoen's brother-in-law is Jed Whedon, who co-produces along with wife Maurissa, the super spy drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. on ABC. Dushku once again shows off her killer moves in this dark and action-packed sci-fi short film.

PREVIEW: 'PUNK MAMBO' #4 (of 5) by CULLEN BUNN, ADAM GORHAM and JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA

Punk Mambo faces off against a sinister sorcerer!


What does Azaire want with the loa he’s collected?
Mambo reaches deep into her bag of tricks to level the playing field. Sex magic may or may not be involved. But voodoo dolls definitely are.
PUNK MAMBO #4 (of 5)
Written by CULLEN BUNN Art by ADAM GORHAM Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by DAN BRERETON Cover B by DAVID MACK Cover C by CRIS DELARA Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st









VIDEO: Happy Father's Day, Walter White!

Just in time for Father's Day, Screen Junkies in association with the online men's magazine, Made Men, are celebrating TV dads and they got R.J. Mitte who played Walt Jr. to Bryan Cranston's Walter White, the school teacher turned meth kingpin on AMC's Breaking Bad, to reminisce about what made Big Walt a great dad. Maybe he wasn't so bad after all.