JENNY FINN #1 [Review]

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JENNY FINN #1/ Script by MIKE MIGNOLA & TROY NIXEY/ Art by TROY NIXEY/ Colors by DAVE STEWART/ Letters by CLEM ROBINS/ Published by DARK HORSE COMICS

Joe’s a simple country man, new to London. Like many a country lad, Joe came to the big city looking for work. And like many a country lad, Joe’s astonished by what he’s found in Old London Town that makes his small little world seem even smaller.

London lies besieged by two plagues  – one literal and one metaphorical, though Joe’s not the sort of lad to know what either literal or metaphorical means.

The literal plague is slowly turning the dockside populace into undersea atrocities, with tentacles and scales, unable to speak The Queen’s Good English. The metaphorical plague is less unsightly but far more deadly – a killer who preys on the ladies of the evening and slashes them to bits!

None of this concerns Joe until a chance encounter with a strange little girl. One who walks the worst parts of London unafraid. One who delivers kindness to the increasingly inhuman beggars and is followed by whispers of doom wherever she goes.

Joe sought to save her from the dangers of the city. Now he finds himself in need of salvation from dangers he never knew existed. He also finds himself in need of an answer to the question – Who Is Jenny Finn?

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Mix one part Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with two parts H.P. Lovecraft and you might get something very much like Jenny Finn. It’s a bit difficult to make anything of this series after its first issue, as the story by Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey does little more than set up a number of mysteries. The mysteries are gripping ones, however, and Nixey’s artwork (backed by the masterful colors of Dave Stewart) offers up a vivid and horrific tableau. Fans of Mignola’s earlier works and weird horror in general will enjoy Jenny Finn #1 immensely, even if they don’t quite understand everything they see.

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