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Jenny Finn [Paperback]

Mike Mignola , Troy Nixey , Farel Dalrymple
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30 Aug 2007 Jenny Finn
Finally collected in one volume for the first time! From the mind of Mike Mignola, creator of HELLBOY, comes this Lovecraftian tale of a mysterious girl who arrives in Victorian England with carnage in her wake. Is she evil incarnate or a misled child? Just in time for HELLBOY 2!
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Boom! Studios (30 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427606757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427606754
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,019,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 20 Aug 2014
By jake
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Odd very original, def worth a look
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4.0 out of 5 stars creepy good fun, far above average 6 Oct 2009
By N. Huston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
i've been a fan of troy nixey's art for years. nobody, but NOBODY draws tentacled and creepy-from-the-deep stuff like him, making him the perfect illustrator for most anything Lovecraftian. don't look to him for pretty things - everything that flows from his pen is going to be somehow warped or twisted, or supremely dark at the very least. pure genius!

this story's not perfect. it had a few "forced" moments, i thought: some shock for shock's sake that didn't really advance the storyline, and some of the humor didn't quite click for me (although, unlike another reviewer, i loved the little fish flopping around and saying "doom!"). plus, the slightly reduced size of this trade collection also reduces the size of the artwork, costing the reader a little in terms of detail.

on the plus side, though, the story is oozing with atmosphere. i could almost smell fish-tainted opium smoke while reading! great details in both narrative and art really flesh out the setting and the characters. and nixey's artwork is top notch.

overall, 85 out of 100, or about 4.5 stars. well worth picking up if you appreciate real atmospheric horror, if you can get beyond the trendy glut of zombies and tennybopper vampire pseudo-smut currently glutting the globe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No, really. Doom. 22 April 2009
By Ross Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, I apologize for how confusing it's going to be having one 5- and one 1-star review so far. That being said...

I'm a big Mignola fan. Furthermore, I'm a fan of his influences, particularly H. P. Lovecraft. The story of "Jenny Finn" is astonishingly close to what you might imagine Lovecraft's first foray into graphic novels would be, and the art seems like it could have been pulled out of the man's tortured head. It not only takes Lovecraftian themes like so many other works, but it actually creates its own storyline without resorting to base imitation, and really does create a creepy and engrossing world of its own. I don't think that this is all Mignola, either. He certainly gives it a bit of his flair, but Troy Nixey and Farel Dalrymple make a very strong showing as well.

There's a lot here beyond Lovecraftian influence. There's a hint of steampunk, a touch of "City of Lost Children," and believe it or not, a definite "Moby Dick" feel to the thing.

It's well-written, beautiful, and above all, scary. I can't recommend it enough, and I hope that there's more coming from this vein.

(Fish laying in the street saying "doom." How awesome is that?)
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for Mignola fans but not the best of work. 8 Sep 2013
By Gonzalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book compares favorably to other Mike Mignola work. It is spooky and has his quirky somewhat deadpan humor. It was not wholly written or illustrated by Mignola but by Troy Nixon. Nixon's work is good too, unfortunately the last chapter is drawn by one Farel Dalrymple whose work is neither as good as Nixon's nor matches the rest of the illustration. As far as the writing is concerned while good the characters are hard to connect with.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review - Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah 6 Mar 2012
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This comic was actually a pretty good read. It was a quick read, but it was definatly highly creative and very well thought out. Additionally, it was very unique and creppy which add to its allure.

The comic is a horror based story about a girl who is walking the streets of Victorian London during a time of serial killers and plagues. A strange foreigner is drawn to her to protect her from what evil he thinks is lurking the streets, and especially that he gets a vibe that poeple want her dead. The story goes into her past and where she came from, it elaborates on her horrifying powers, her ability to control an evil plague, lastly it delves into what she reall is, and the powers she possess.

The comic is definatly a political commentary on Victorian England, while at the same time commenting on social hysteria, mob mentality as well as idolotry, obsession and religious perversion. While some characters are ibsessed with Jenny for evil the main character is also obsessed with her for good and for unknown reasons. This is a great read, definately dark and twisted, and a definate must read.

I really enjoyed this comic, it is dark and borderline bizarre. It has almost an evil Chutlu or Lovecraftian feel to it. I definately recommend it as I thought is was a great read.

The comic is very unique and definately not for everyone, however I think Lovecraft fans will absolutely love it.
2.0 out of 5 stars An oddity in Mignola's oeuvre 27 Oct 2010
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
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