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4.0 out of 5 stars
Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood Vol. 1
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on 6 March 2012
A woman sets out to avenge her dead father who was murdered brutally at the hands of his fellow gangsters. But this is no ordinary woman - except she's trying to be. Wife, mother, housewife during the day, Jennifer drugs her family at night and slips out for a night of bloody retribution.

Look at the cover. You could almost say you've read the book just by looking at it. Woman with guns... what else could it be? I've read almost everything Garth Ennis has written and this book feels a lot like his Punisher books except of course the main character's a woman. And if you've seen "Kill Bill 1 + 2" then you'll notice that this book resembles those movies' plots very closely.

None of the characters in the book seem even remotely real. The bad guys are all bad, full stop. The good guys are good. There's a wacky character meant to bring comic relief and he's as one dimensional as the others. Even Jennifer is your archetypal assassin. She's perfect, she knows weapons, explosives, she's done recon, everything goes well for her - so well, it's dull.

Dull is what the book is. She goes through the list of baddies she wants to kill and does so. Then we get the occasional scene where she's at home being a mum, pretending to them she's not a highly trained killer, and then she's off to the next kill. Ennis doesn't throw in much variation and if you've read as many of his book as I have you'll notice a lot of similarities. Punisher and Hitman spring to mind first, then his other female assassin book "Bloody Mary", and the book begins to look like Ennis on autopilot.

Like I said, if all you're looking for is a brainless, straightforward killer chick who takes out bad guy Eastern European gangster types, and nothing more, you'll adore this book; for anyone looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, hoping Ennis has written a genius, sly take on the overfamiliar revenge plot will be disappointed with this offering. Weak story, dull characters, "Jennifer Blood" is a swing and a miss for Garth Ennis.
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on 1 January 2017
I picked this up at my local library based purely on having the name Garth Ennis on it. I knew little about the series but wanted to give it a go.
The story, as others have mentioned, is very weak and the actions scenes are few and brief.
Despite this I enjoyed the book. Fast paced, gory, brutal and scenes of comic relief.
I just wish Jennifer had a real challenge to face as she seems to come away from the dozens of mob bosses, goons and fake ninjas far too easily and without a scratch for most of it.
I'll be checking out vol 2 with the hope of a better story but at face value this book is just fine :-)
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on 20 November 2016
Brilliant black comedy/satire. Gareth Ennis at his most witty and naughty
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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2012
If you like 'The Boys' then you'll love this latest outing from Garth Ennis and co. Jennifer Blood is a housewife and mother of two by day and a vengeful assassin by night. She is the survivor of a bloody and brutal coup in a crime family and out for revenge and boy does she wreak it. As you would expect the violence and some sex is very graphic but through it all runs humour and indeed a sense of morality on the part of our heroine. The artwork is excellent and one of the featured cover shots was so good I couldn't believe it wasn't a photograph. I didn't realise when I ordered this that its volume one so now I can't wait for the next installment. Buy it today.
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on 20 March 2012
After reading alot of other comics (preacher, the boys, transmet) I wanted to get into a new one. This is good stuff that you expect from ennis. The art work is just brilliant and the story seems like it has some legs. Look forward to starting the new series.
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