The GeeksverseJennifer Blood #1

Jennifer Blood #1
Published on Friday, February 18, 2011 by

Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Adriano Batista
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Rob Steen
Cover Art: A- Tim Bradstreet; B- Jonathan Lau; C- Ale Garza; D- Johnny Desjardins
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

The premise of this reminded me of the old Spawn character, Priest. A suburban housewife that doubled as a secret agent. The similiarities are there, but Ennis does a great job handling both sides of the character.

He writes it as if Jennifer was writing in her dairy, which is a good way to do it. This allows Ennis to get more in depth and descriptive, and really give voice to Jennifer.

This book really does justice to the concept. Ennis perfectly captures the “life” of a suburban mother who is also a vigilante. It’s the little details that really makes this book shine. From where Jennifer wonders why all the talk about 9MMs in Guns & Ammo well she’s getting her nails done, toes only for obvious reasons to the little husband and wife give and take. There are so many moments that feel normal, like any family, and Ennis just casually drops in a reference to Jennifer’s other life. These mentions flow smoothly, not interupting the story at all.

It’s clear that Ennis has tried to cover all the details. He mentions how they haven’t lived there long so the husband wouldn’t realize the basement shrunk by 5 feet. And when Jennifer returns home she inspects her body so she can have a ready excuse in case her husband sees a mark on her body. Ennis even gives us a reason why she wears her body suit with the zipper low.

The “uncle” comments make me wonder what the backstory to Jennifer’s crusade is going to be. I think there will be some sexual abuse in her past.

This book is masterfully crafted. Ennis is at the top of his game.

Batista’s art is solid. His layouts are strong and his panels flow smoothly. There are no jumps in the action, no jarring moments. His characters are well proportioned. He does good with the expressions, even on scenes where it’s not close-up. At the dinner table, we can see that Jennifer is annoyed with her daughter trying to hide the food.

Jennifer Blood #1 receives
5 out of 5

Excellant start and a well written book.

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