Monday, September 19, 2022

Comics Review: THE NINJETTES Volume 2 #1


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Joseph Cooper
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lesley “Leirix” Li
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2022)

Rated Teen+

The Ninjettes created by Garth Ennis; Jennifer Blood created by Garth Ennis and Adriano Batista.

“The Concrete Dojo”

The Ninjettes are a group of comic book characters created by Garth Ennis in his comic book series, Jennifer Blood (2011).  The Ninjettes first appeared in Jennifer Blood #3 (May 2011) and Jennifer Blood #4 (September 2011).  They are a group of teens trained as black ops assassins.

In 2012, the Ninjettes received their own six-issue miniseries, and now, they are returning in a new self-titled series.  The Ninjettes Volume 2 is written by Fred Van Lente; drawn by Joseph Cooper; colored by Dearbhla Kelly; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.

The Ninjettes Volume 2 #1 (“The Concrete Dojo”) opens with the abduction (of sorts) of 11 girls and young women.  The were apparently snatched before they could snatch up classmates and elders by committing acts of violence.

Now, great careers and great wealth are ahead of them … if they graduate from the “Concrete Dojo.”  The problem is that there only only three diplomas to be had.

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 The Ninjettes Volume 2 #1, which is the first time I have read The Ninjettes.

I had never heard of the Ninjettes prior to receiving the review PDF because I did not read Jennifer Blood back during its original run.  However, I do enjoy writer Fred Van Lente's Dynamite titles, and I like The Ninjettes #1.  Like Van Lente's recent Jennifer Blood series, The Ninjettes #1 is funny and violent, with an emphasis on humor … or violence – depending upon your point of view.  He does manage to make me feel sympathy towards the girls, although some of them might actually be little homicidal maniacs in the making.

Joseph Cooper's art is nice, and it makes for straight-forward graphic storytelling, which in turns serves Van Lente's blunt writing quite well.  Dearbhla Kelly's coloring gives the art a surreal touch, and as he did for Jennifer Blood, letterer Jeff Eckleberry is good at creating the illusion of a soundtrack.

I expect quite a bit from The Ninjettes because of the creative team, especially Fred Van Lente.  I feel confident in recommending it, now.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Jennifer Blood will want to read The Ninjettes Volume 2.


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

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