Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Comics Review: JENNIFER BLOOD Volume 2 #2


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 Li; Juggeun Yoon; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Bloodlines” Chapter Two: “Fireworks on the Green”

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.  And this “copycat” loves to kill criminals just like the original did.

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #2 (“Fireworks on the Green”) opens in Bountiful, Utah, population 4302 – a town run by and for criminals.  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, the population is dropping because someone is killing off the mobsters, one by one.  Could it be the legendary boogeyman, Jennifer Blood … or a copycat?

Alphonso Giallo a.k.a. “Don Gaillo,” the former overboss of Newark, NJ and current boss of Bountiful, has called in Europe's top female hit-man, the notorious Giulietta Romeo.  Giulietta is hot on Jennifer Blood's trail and is even reading Jen's “war journal.”  However, crooked former federal judge, The Honorable Whtilock Jebediah Barrister III, a rapist who also traded sex for lighter sentences, is ready to strike a bargain for helping Giulietta.  As the Bountiful Homeowners' Association's annual Fourth of July celebration, “Salute to America,” occupies the townsfolk, Jennifer or her copycat seeks to make deals of her own.

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 #2.  This is the second 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 #2 that I said about the first.  It's a fun read and a funny one.  Writer Fred Van Lente seems to be having fun creating a number of oddball mobsters and depraved criminals and, so far, they are every bit as interesting as Jennifer Blood.  Van Lente also offers some funny plot twists to go along with the insane ways in which he has Jennifer kill the mobsters.

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.  So let's keep going, dear readers.

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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