Monday, May 16, 2022

Comics Review: JENNIFER BLOOD Volume 2 #8


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Federici & Alessandro Ranaldi
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tim Bradstreet
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS:  Lesley “Leirix” Li; Jonathan Lau; Dave Acosta; John Royle; Natalie Sanders; Vincenzo Federici; Tim Bradstreet; Rachel Hollon with David Turner (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2022)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Blood Debt” Chapter Three: “Daddy's Littler Helper”

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 and Alessandro Ranaldi; 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 #8 (“Daddy's Littler Helper”) opens, General Francisco Flores has taken possession of the last remaining supplies of the ED pill, “Seroto.”  Also known as “Daddy's Little Helper,” it has horrible side effects, which caused it to be banned by the federal government.

Now, Flores has a convoy that includes three big rigs hauling the remaining inventory of twenty thousand kilos of pills to Las Vegas.  He hopes to make a tidy profit selling them, but Jennifer Blood and Eagle/Aguilar have other plans for the pills.

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 #8.  This is the eighth Jennifer Blood comic book I have read.

Fred Van Lente makes the eighth issue of this series the action movie issue, although there is some interesting character drama featuring Jennifer and Aguilar.  Artist Vincenzo Federici carries the story with some slick art and fast-paced storytelling.  Colorist Alessandro Ranaldi has fun with the explosions and bullets to the head slash blood-splatter.

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 is good – a sort of down and dirty version of Marvel's The Punisher.  I highly recommend it to comics fans that love girls with big guns.

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

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” May 2022, which features an interview with writer Jordan Clark.]


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

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