Thursday, November 3, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: JENNIFER BLOOD #1


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Federici
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Simon Bowland
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS:  Joseph Michael Linsner; Lesley Leirix; Juggeun Yoon; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (October 2021)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Bloodlines” Chapter One: “Welcome Wagon”

Jennifer Blood is a a comic book character created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Adriano Batista.  A suburban wife and mother by day, Jennifer Blood is a ruthless vigilante by night.  Born “Jessica Blute,” she took her mother's first name, Jennifer, and created the alter ego, “Jennifer Blood, and sought revenge against her father's family for the death of her parents.  The first Jennifer Blood comic book series ran for 36 issues from 2011 to 2014.

Jennifer Blood returns from the dead in a new comic book series, Jennifer Blood Volume 2.  It is written by Fred Van Lente; drawn by Vincenzo Federici; colored by Dearbhla Kelly and lettered by Simon Bowland.  In the new series, someone is acting like Jennifer Blood, who is supposedly dead.  She was killed in prison … where she was incarcerated after killing her uncles and their cohorts.

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #1 (“Welcome Wagon”) opens in Bountiful, Utah, population 4302.  There is, however, a steady drop in the population.  You see, Bountiful is where the U.S. Department of Justice sends the most infamous East Coast mobsters into the federal “Witness Protection Program” (WPP)  Now, someone is killing off the mobsters, one by one.  Could it be the legendary boogeyman or woman, Jennifer Blood?

In the cozy cul-de-sacs of Bountiful, Utah, a noticeable number of “normal people” have gone missing.  But the missing aren't really normal, and if Jennifer Blood has returned from the dead, is she the only one doing the killings in a town of killers?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #1.  This is my first Jennifer Blood comic book, although I had previously heard of the series.

I like Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #1, and while the character, Jennifer Blood, might be the titular character, she isn't the only star.  Writer Fred Van Lente seems to be having fun creating a number of oddballs, weirdos, lunatics, super-felons, and murderous freaks, and, so far, they are every bit as interesting as Jennifer Blood.

The art by Vincenzo Federici fits the violence, and the colors by Dearbhla Kelly are a splash of red and blue hues that emphasize the gore.  Simon Bowland's lettering is the soundtrack of sacrifice to mob violence and bloody revenge.  Right now, though, Fred Van Lente is setting the table with platters of crazy violence.  I recommend that you, dear readers, at least give this a try.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Jennifer Blood will want to read Jennifer Blood Volume 2.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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