Jennifer Blood Annual #1 Review

On the morning of the 14th of October, 1987, Samuel Victor Blute was murdered.

He was disemboweled. Three of his limbs were hacked off, most likely by an axe. Finally – as if to add insult to injury – his genitals were mutilated.

His body was discovered by his brother, Peter Elias Blute. His other four brothers provided an alibi for Peter’s whereabouts on the night of the 14th, and vice versa. Their lawyers, Goldhagen and Sons, were quick to dismiss any suggestion of their involvement.

The coroner counted twenty-nine separate stab wounds on Samuel Blute’s body, indicative of five separate assailants.

No charges were ever brought.


JenBloodAnn01-Cov-ChenHell of a way to start a comic. And I am glad to say that when the panels start, it does not disappoint.

Jennifer Blood Annual #1 tells the story directly up to this brutal murder. We already know from the opening monologue that Samuel Blute is done for, and when you meet the man it’s hard to feel sorry for him. He, along with his five brothers, are some big time gangsters, with Samuel at the head of the table, and it’s not hard to see why. We see Samuel exact some no-nonsense and brutal torture on an unfortunate soul who is indebted to him, who also turns out to be one of his oldest friends, telling us everything we need to know about Sam, or does it? We are also introduced to Samuel’s family and another side of this uncompromising gang leader. Sam keeps his wife, Jennifer, and his daughter, Jessie, out of the way of his naughty business and is able to lead quite the nice, normal home life.

jennifer blood 1Throughout the book Samuel is plagued by an eerie vision that he is convinced is watching him, a scary omen of the man’s fate which seems holey unavoidable taking in to account the man’s profession. It’s good to see both sides of Sam, showing very much that the job doesn’t have to make the man.

Fans of the Jennifer Blood series will not be disappointed with the glimpse in to the early years of this femme fatal. The art in this book is very good and equally as graphic and the relationships between the characters in the events leading up to Sam’s death are convincing and very interesting. It’s not hard to see where, and why, Jennifer Blood was created.

Jennifer Blood Annual #1, written by Al Ewing and featuring Art by Igor Vitorino from Dynamite Publications. Get it or download it or whatever right now!

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