Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Comics Review: JENNIFER BLOOD Volume 2 #9


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

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Blood Debt” Chapter Four: “Treasure Trove Suite, Strip View”

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 & Kike J. Diaz and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.  In the new series, there is a new Jennifer Blood, and this “copycat” loves to kill criminals just like the original did.  She is the original's daughter, once known as “Alice Fellows.”  Her new partner is Eagle/Aguilar, the legendary assassin, who may or may not be dying of cancer?

As Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #9 (“Treasure Trove Suite, Strip View”) opens, Eagle is in the clutches of Dona Blondi a.k.a. “Platinum” and her henchman, Paul Whiteman.  Platinum and Eagle have a history, but now, all she wants to know is “Where is Blood?!”

In a Las Vegas hotel, General Francisco Flores is about to pass out the last known 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.  Does Jennifer Blood also plan on making a killing off the pill?

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 #9.  This is the ninth Jennifer Blood comic book I have read.

Writer Fred Van Lente offers a nice change of pace or a new angle by focusing on Eagle.  This is a chance for Van Lente to focus on some supporting characters, although I did strongly feel the absence of Jennifer Blood.  Artist Vincenzo Federici's storytelling and art get stronger with each issue, so that this series now feels like an equal to big league crime-action comic books.

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 is good, and I call it 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” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


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


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