Thursday, November 30, 2023

#IReadsYou Review: JENNIFER BLOOD VOL. 2 #4


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Federici
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS:  Joseph Michael Linsner; Lesley Leirix Li; Juggeun Yoon; Ken Haeser; Vincenzo Federici; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2022)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Bloodlines” Chapter Four: “Me Time”

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 Jeff Eckleberry.  In the new series, someone is acting like Jennifer Blood, who is supposedly dead.  And this “copycat” loves to kill criminals just like the original did.  Here, the stomping ground is Bountiful, Utah – a town run by and for criminals.  Bountiful is where the U.S. Department of Justice sends the most infamous East Coast mobsters into the federal “Witness Protection Program” (WPP).

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #4 (“Me Time”) opens in Bountiful – population 4302.  At the local library, Hercules hopes he can find a book to read.  At the local hospital, he tries the book out on his boss, Alphonso “Don” Giallo – the former overboss of Newark, NJ – the comatose former overboss.  Also in the hospital is Giulietta Romeo a.k.a. “Sheriff Lafayette,” still hunting Jennifer Blood.

Enter FBI Special Agent Latisha Adams from the Salt Lake City branch.  She is kind of like a zookeeper at Bountiful.  And she says it's “Piss Day.”  Would Jennifer interfere with that?  Plus, a lead on the true identity of Jennifer Blood.

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #4.  This is the fourth Jennifer Blood comic book I have read, although I had previously heard of the series.

I'll say the same thing about Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #4 that I said about the first three issues.  It's a fun read and a funny read.  Every time I think that series writer Fred Van Lente offers his best issue yet, he finds a way to top that.  Well this fourth issue is the penultimate issue of the series, which is a shame.  I could read another few issues of this.

The art and storytelling by Vincenzo Federici perfectly fits this story's depraved comic tone, and the colors by Dearbhla Kelly are once again spot on.  Simon Bowland's lettering continues to be the soundtrack of sacrifice to mob violence and bloody revenge.  So, dear readers, get onboard this series.

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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