Friday, July 29, 2022

Comics Review: "JENNIFER BLOOD #10" Kills in "The Big Finish"


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Alessandro Ranaldi with Gerardo Gambone
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tim Bradstreet
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2022)

Rated Teen+

Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“Bloodlines” Chapter Five: “The Big Finish”

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?

Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #10 (“The Big Finish”) opens at the Oro Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Eagle is in the clutches of Dona Blondi a.k.a. “Platinum” and her henchman, Paul Whiteman.  Platinum and Jennifer have a history, or at least Blondi thinks they do.  A Jennifer Blood killed Platinum's husband.  Platinum and Eagle also have a history, and now, she has a way for him to work his way back into her good graces.

Meanwhile, the last known supplies of the ED pill, “Seroto,” also known as “Daddy's Little Helper,” is about to go on sale – unless Jennifer breaks up the party.  It's the final chapter.  Who gets killed?  Who goes out with a bang? And who lives … if anyone?

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Jennifer Blood Volume 2 #10.  This is the tenth Jennifer Blood comic book I have read.

Writer Fred Van Lente goes out with a dead bang.  Always leave them wanting more, Fred.  This series has been a blast to read, and it is the equal of Marvel Comics' The Punisher.  Jennifer Blood will be back at some point, and I hope the creative team comes back as well.

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


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

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