Over the summer we broke the news that Jenna Jameson would be starring in her own comic book entitled Shadow Hunter from Virgin Comics (how ironic). Well, this past week the first issue finally hit the stands, and we snagged a copy to review.
Shadow Hunter is about a struggling tattoo artist named Jezzerie Jaden, who all her life has been experiencing vivid dreams of demons and monsters engaging in a war with angels. As a child they were entertaining but as a young adult they creep her out. Unfortunately for her, those visions are now coming to life and attacking her in the streets of New York City.
After an attack in Grand Central, Jezzerie learns the true reason behind the attacks: she is the daughter of the devil.
Jezzerie Jaden is based on Jenna’s likeness and personality; artist Mukesh Singh does a good job of transferring her sexiness onto the printed page. This is especially evident when Jezzerie becomes the Shadow Hunter, a leather clad goddess with black hair, tattoos and a G-string. While Jenna helped to create the back story (and having the final say on what happens in the book), the actual writer is a woman named Christina Z. Christina Z. is a former writer for Spin Magazine and co-creator of the popular comic book, Witchblade that eventually inspired a TV series on TNT.
As for the content, Christina does a good job of setting up the context and personality of the character before getting down to the action. Although the premise might be a bit cliché Christina injects Jezzerie with enough personality and problems that remind the reader of the problems Peter Parker faces, but with a modern feminine twist.
Jezzerie is a likeable character that has a good relationship with landlord, who looks out for her despite the fact that she’s late on her rent. She took a break from her career to help her a**hole boyfriend – until she catches him cheating on her. She has to deal with having her electricity and phone service cut off, let alone happenings on the Internet that she regrets. Singh’s art captures the character’s emotions fairly well, but needs to work on his “eyes” a little. However, when it comes to rendering demons, they have a smoky solid quality that’s photorealistic.
Despite the fact that it’s a T&A comic book (not that there’s anything wrong with that) the first issue was entertaining, and shows some good potential for character development. Whether it does maintain its entertainment remains to be seen, but with Christina Z. scripting the potential is there. Shadow Hunter is worth purchasing, but be forewarned: unlike Jenna’s movies, there’s no nudity.