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Jennifer Blood Annual #1 Review

Written by on Jul 22, 2012
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Jennifer Blood Annual #1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website:

Writer: Al Ewing
Pencils: Igor Vitorino
Colors: Inlight Studios
Number of Pages: 28
Price: 4.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT – 18 years old.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The year is 1987, and Jennifer Blood doesn’t exist yet. Neither does Jen Fellows. Instead, there’s only Jessica Blute, daughter of Sam Blute, six years old going on seven and very happy in her world… even though it’s about to come to an end.

Reviewer’s Comments:
First off, I should note that I have never read a Jennifer Blood comic before this one. As it turns out, what we have here is a self-contained prequel, almost like an issue zero, but not quite. It’s a story that does well on it’s own, but I’m sure would only be that much better if I had more knowledge of the world it takes place in.

If I had to describe this issue in one word, it would be brutal. The characters are well written and the story is great, but honestly it’s the brutality and bloodshed that shines through for me. It also warrants mentioning that, while heavily gory, the gore doesn’t seem to exist for simple shock value as it does in many comics these days. And the last page… damn. Just damn.

I would be doing an injustice if I didn’t mention the elements of organized crime, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, murder, and mental trauma that exist in these busy, but surprisingly non-convoluted pages. Just really a job well done.

Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): If you are a Jen Blood reader and are even kind of considering skipping this one and just moving forward with the main story, DO NOT DO IT, PICK THIS UP! If you are not a Jen Blood reader, this seems like an amazing starting on point and will make you want to go back and read the entire series up to current. Trust me.

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