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Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  11 reviews
1931. Bronzeville. Chicago. The mage, Frank "Half Dead" Johnson, is a marked man. Literally. A drunken decision fueled by tragedy has left him with half a soul, sorcerous powers, and two centuries to work off his debt to Scratch (aka The Devil) himself. Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road. This graphic novel by artist/writer, John Jennings, chronicles three adventures with thi ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Rosarium Publishing
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
Although it is titled "a half dead johnson" story, it is not a moving yet hilarious tale of erectile dysfunction. In fact, the protagonist's member appears to be the best-working part of him, judging from his girlfriend's behavior. Heart, soul, hand, ethics, those are all kinda messed up, but his dick (the word root is used several times in the text, but I was not certain whether it was a euphemism, as herbs also came into the magical working) is just hunky-dory.

I didn't *love* either art or sto
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first introduction to Frank and I loved it. This is a book that doesn't only pull the reader into the story but yanks them by the straps and puts them in the middle of it. It was a page-turner for me and a very enjoyable one. There is enough conflict, intrigue, and laughs that at the end of it, I was left feeling attached to the main character and wanting more.

Without spoiling anything, I can say that the supernatural powers used by Frank are well balanced. I really love plots that he
Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was both deeply creative storytelling and also very gripping. It is a story with a significant back story. Who is Frank 'Half-Dead' Johnson and what is this mysterious and dark power that he wields? What is the deal he made with unfathomable darkness and why is it that men call upon him to solve dark mystery and sometimes ask him to commit dark crimes.

As the story unfolds we begin to understand that Frank is not a man to be trifled with because he wields darkness as a power but he
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Blue Hand Mojo is an amazing graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous - dark and edgy, perfect for a surreal tale of hoodoo and gangsters. John Jennings is a talented author and artist. Frank “Half Dead” Johnson is a marked man, owned in part by the Devil and in part by Noir, the dark goddess of imagination. From her, Frank gets his magic, and from the Devil his task - to acquire souls for Ole Scratch’s final musical number. In 1931, having dark skin doesn’t make for an easy life, and with Fr ...more
Wayne McCoy
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road' by John Jennings is an urban fantasy that has an interesting story and unusual art going for it. I enjoyed the ride, but it's definitely of the R-rated variety.

Frank Johnson is known as "Half Dead" in his neighborhood for the deal he made with the devil to save his life. In return, he got a blue hand and some weird powers. Because of this, he has a debt to work off. He does this by helping people out. The latest of these people is a Chicago gangster named Mac th
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done horror noir. Not too terrifying (partly b/c of the art style), more Lovecraftian than the stuff that really makes me want to hide under the bed. Would like to spend more time with these characters and learn more about the world Jennings has crafted.
Pop Bop
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Frank Is Back. Hard Times Gettin' Harder.

About a year and a half ago Amazon had a Kindle comic of this title that ran about 34 pages. It was great. Now, we have a 104 page graphic novel paperback that consists, according to the blurbs, of three "adventures" of Frank "Half Dead" Johnson. It looks like the first adventure is what we got in the earlier Kindle release. The balance of this book is two new adventures that expand on and wrap up the first adventure. That's all fine by me because the fir
When Frank's whole world was destroyed, he made a deal with The Devil that cost him half his soul and left him with magical powers. He has two hundred years to pay off his debt. There's a purpose for Frank's mojo, but he sometimes uses it to help others. Mac the Shark, an old associate of Frank’s and one of Al Capone’s men, pops in with a job for Frank. Some kind of dark magic seems to be killing off Mac's crew and Frank is the only man he knows who can stop it.

I’ve been stalking John Jenning’s
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Two and a half goodread stars.

Having seen the initial issue of this some time ago, it was good to revisit the world of these pages, even if the end result is incredibly patchy. Yes, have a black and white painted comic, but when a key detail is something turning bright blue – at least try and make it obvious. Several pages and panels have a peculiar order with which to read the speech balloons and captions, and there are typos galore. But importantly, there is also something pretty damn interest
Paul Franco
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A half-dead magic man walks the slums of Chicago in 1931, helping out an old friend while trying to regain what he’d lost, or more likely sold, to the devil.
This is the first time I’ve heard the term Hoodoo noir. As far as the artwork, it translates into harsh black and white drawings, though some of the work is intricate. When it comes to dialogue, which appears on the side of the drawings, while he mostly speaks usual, he’ll also bring out stuff like “I likes my liquor” and “I’m starvin’ for s
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Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Half Dead Johnson has made a deal with the devil to provide him souls in exchange for power. One of his old buddies is in trouble and comes to Johnson for help. He's being hunted by a golem for killing someone's son.

Reminiscent of the Dresden Files with a less altruistic character. I liked the prose written to the side of the panels to display his inner monologue. The art needs to be a little more defined. Also, because the book is black and white, you need a better way visually of showing the b
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