Synopsis: At long last, the Lord of the Jungle returns to comics! One of the most famous and recognizable characters in the history of fiction is back, starting with an adventure that returns us to the days before his birth, as well as a time later in life, when a past wrong must be made right, no matter what manner of beast or obstacle stands in Tarzan’s way.
The story opens up with a long-haired man standing on a boat on a stormy night looking to the horizon. This is Tarzan and the two sailors on the deck with him ask if he wants anything, but Tarzan says no. Then we get some entries from the diary of Tarzan’s father John Greystoke who has been marooned on the African Coast by mutineers that took over their ship. John’s diary entries tells of how he and his wife struggled to survive in the Jungle. This leads up to the moment when their Son Tarzan is taken by the apes who raise him as one of their own. From this point on a friend of Tarzan called Bouanga narrates what happened after Tarzan’s parents died.
The first book ends with an older Tarzan returning to the Jungle where he meets up with his old friend.
Benito Gallego does a great job of capturing the wild fauna of the jungle. I loved the sequence where Tarzan’s father is chased down by a rather angry ape who he has accidentally hit with one of his arrows while trying to hunt for food. I also liked the sequence of panels where a teenage Tarzan finds the old hut that his late father build and uses it to try and learn about himself.
Dan Jurgens opens his story up in a really interesting way by giving us a different slant on the classic origin story. I really enjoyed how well told it was, but did find the diary entries from John Greystoke a bit of a challenge to read at times as the font they used seemed to be rather small at times.
Overall. A pretty solid start.