Jennifer's Body (2009 Hardcover Review, BOOM! Studios)
Updated: Apr 30
Writer: Rick Spears
Artist(s): Tim Seeley, Jim Mahfood, Nikki Cook, Ming Doyle and Alan Robinson
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Year: 2009
Writer Brook Busey-Maurio, better known as her pen name "Diablo Cody" got her feet wet by writing blogs around 2000-2001. The subjects ranged from a parody of working in an office to being a stripper, both jobs she had at one time. Later she wrote for publications like her local newspaper and Entertainment Weekly, before writing her memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. Following the success of that book, she wrote the screenplay for the indie darling film Juno, which lead to her making the leap to horror with Jennifer's Body starring the then red hot Megan Fox.
That same year comic book publisher BOOM! Studios released a tie-in written by Rick Spears, who is most well known for independent, self-published comics like Teenagers from Mars and Black Metal from Oni Press. The book is a short, four-chapter graphic novel complete with a prologue and epilogue by Tim "Hack & Slash" Seeley. The story is not an adaptation of Cody's screenplay but rather add-on stories in the same universe using the same characters.
The titles of the chapters are named after four of Jennifer's male classmates; Jonah, the popular jock struggling to stay relevant. Colin, a punk-rocker who is angry at a conformist, capitalist society. Ahmet, an Indian boy who comes to America to live his dream but is disappointed. And finally, Chip who is just a normal boy who is in love with Jennifer's best friend, Needy. Unfortunately, they all encounter Jennifer and see just who she really is.
This is a pretty short book, coming in at only 112 pages, some of which are taken up with chapter titles, alternative cover art and sketches. The pages that actually have content are pretty spare with actual words and rely a lot on the art, which varies in quality, ranging from pretty awesome (Mahfood is my favorite) to not bad, therefore making the book a light, easy read. This book seemed to be exclusively for promotion for the movie and not much else.
I don't think the casual reader who didn't see the movie would even care about this graphic novel just because you don't really care about the characters or what happens to them. The shallow story just gives you a hint at what the movie is; a dark, somewhat clever horror-comedy starring pretty people. Although, if you are looking for something to do for 20 or 30 minutes, it also not something you would have to slog through. And that cover by rockstar artist Frank Cho is really something to look at, so there's that.
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