This volume plunges straight into semi-fantasy with the introduction of vicious mermaids, and I can’t wait to see if Jana’s future adventures include more exploration of the underwater environs surrounding the alley.
But the weirdest homage of all is the dark trip into H. P. Lovecraft territory. The monsters and evil beings that turn out to be the primary antagonists in this cycle of issues seem derived from Lovecraft’s dark fantasies about Cthulu. The story’s pacing never deviates and flips back and forth among our principle characters in true pulp tradition. The action is headlong and totally enthralling, moving from land to underwater to submerged cave without missing a beat.
I can’t say your life is going to be improved after reading Jungle Girl Season 2, but if you want something that will take the edge off of a day or week that’s been way too serious, this is definitely a graphic novel that will do it. And the art is so beautiful I’ll bet you find yourself thumbing back through different sequences of the adventure.
Bring on Season 3!