Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Comics Review: "JENNIFER BLOOD Volume 2 #7"


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Federici & Alessandro Ranaldi
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tim Bradstreet
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS:  Joseph Michael Linsner; Lesley Leirix Li; Juggeun Yoon; Marat Mychaels; Vincenzo Federici; Tim Bradstreet; Rachel Hollon with David Turner (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (April 2022)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Blood Debt” Chapter Two: “Downward Dog”

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.  Would you believe that the this copy cat is her daughter once known as “Alice Fellows.”

As Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #7 (“Downward Dog”) opens, General Francisco Flores is throwing a party – his daughter, Fava's “quincaƱera.”  The general is also on Jennifer's current hit list, which also happens to be the bucket list of the dying hired killer, Eagle/Aguilar, Jennifer's partner (so to speak).  They are ready to take Flores out … except that Jennifer and the Eagle have a disagreement about collateral damage and about what it means to make things “right.”

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 #7.  This is the seventh Jennifer Blood comic book I have read, although I had previously heard of the series.

Fortunately, Jennifer Blood Volume 2 is now in its second story arc, and Fred Van Lente is fleshing out the characters in a way that makes Jennifer Blood kind of like Dynamite's version of Marvel Comics' The Punisher.  The difference is that Jennifer Blood is crazy, sex, cool and a serial killer, and Van Lente makes the killing read like a sexy comic romp.

Artist Vincenzo Federici & Alessandro Ranaldi take their lead in storytelling from Van Lente.  Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #7 is explodes off the page and the violence comes in all shades of the real and the surreal.  The graphical storytelling is slick and fast paced, and it works.  This series is fun to read, and, in my case, appeals to my deranged side.

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

★★★★ out of 4 stars

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

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