JENNY FINN: DOOM MESSIAH collects Mike Mignola's 4-part story, begun in 1999 but incomplete until 2005, having jumped from Oni Press to Atomeka Press, and finally Boom! Studios. One wonders why this project wasn't simply handled by Dark Horse, Mignola's regular publisher. Better yet, with a bit of tweaking, it could have been incorporated into his Hellboy stories. In either case, I guess he had his reasons.
In a squalid, bustling port town of Victorian England, strange things are happening: phantoms haunt the streets; men are being infected by strange lesions that sprout tentacles, fins, and pincers; the fish in the marketplace whisper "doom"; and there's a serial killer on the loose. Enter Joe, a slaughterhouse worker, who sights the young Jenny Finn in a crowd and has to know more about her. His fascination leads him to encounters with ghosts, mediums, demented artists, Lovecraftian creatures, and even the Prime Minister. It's a combination of action and surrealism, moreso than any other Mignola comic I've read, and this made it difficult to fully appreciate - perhaps with future reads, I'll get into it more.
Black and white art is provided by Troy Nixey, with Farel Dalrymple filling in on the last issue. Nixey's grotesque art style brings to mind the work of Charles Bragg, and I suppose it suits the story, but it's not to my taste - when even the normal people look distorted and ugly, the real monsters don't make much of an impression (or was that the creators' point?). Dalrymple tries to capture Nixey's style but doesn't quite get it, causing the story to lose some steam in the final chapter.
Overall, DOOM MESSIAH wasn't horrible, but it didn't feel like a story that warranted its own miniseries. A one-shot or a short in one of Mignola's other books would have been just fine.