Synopsis: When foreign raiders pillage his jungle home, Tarzan comes face-to-face with evil for the first time in his life. For the Lord of the Jungle, this is a catastrophic event, as they leave little but heartache, death and destruction in their wake. As Tarzan deals with humanity and the world beyond his shores for the very first time, he finds it difficult to come to grips with his own unique origins. This series of events will set Tarzan off on a unique mission where a grievous wrong must be atoned for… no matter who committed it.
Picking up from the last issue. Tarzan has returned home to the Jungle to find that civilization and the age of industry have begun to encroach on his old Jungle home. Reconnecting with his old friend Bouanga who tells the story of what happened to Tarzan when he witnessed the tragic murder of his Ape mother Kala at the hands of some European White Hunters. As the story unfolds we learn that Tarzan has returned to his old home to try and get some justice for his dead Ape mother.
Benito Gallego picks up from where he left off in last month’s issue with some fantastic artwork that captures the mood and the feel of the jungle. Much of the jungle stuff is seen through flashbacks as Bouanga narrates. Whereas much of the stuff with older Tarzan is set in the 1950s and as such the styles are very much of that era. However, the story being set in Africa is more of a 50s African vibe, which the artist does well to capture.
This second issue does a great job of building on what we saw play out in the first issue. But also takes time to make some interesting comments on how a mechanized jungle can be just as brutal if not more so than the old jungle that Tarzan grew up in. This comment is an observation made by Bouanga when two thugs try to mug Tarzan, but very soon reconsider their actions when Tarzan stands up to them.
Overall. An interesting second issue.