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Jenny Finn (Color edition)

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  455 ratings  ·  68 reviews
London's dockside is threatened by the twin terrors of a plague leaving bodies covered in tentacles and a slasher killing women in the night. Desperate for answers after the wrong man is executed for the murders, a group of Londoners holds a seance to contract the supposed killer, and his story of a girl born of the sea who has brought a terrible curse only brings them mor ...more
Hardcover, Color Edition, 136 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Dark Horse Books (first published June 1st 2006)
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May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
"Jenny Finn" was a very strange story. It certainly has a great deal of the hallmarks of a Lovecraftian tale, yet it was penned by Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey. This edition of mine was colored by Dave Stewart.

The story begins with a not terribly bright dockworker named Joe. Joe spots a young looking girl walking around the area and decides to accost her to warn her away from the rough area. He meets Jenny Finn who is not at all what she seems. From here a strange story develops of a murderer an
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a weird fast paced story. If there had been more of a backstory to some of the characters, I would have given it 5 stars.
Wing Kee
An amusing little Lovecraftian tale from Mignola that’s high on the tone but low in the depth.

World: The art is great, it sets the tone perfectly for the book, it looks slightly off and especially the humans and the creatures giving the book a very solid feel to work off of. The world building here is basic, it’s a monster tale and there’s not a lot of lore or background to the tale, only what the sailor tells you. There is also not a lot of detail on the secret society so yeah the stage is set
Nuno R.
If someone told me what Mike Mignola's stories are about, I would be sure to not read them. Supernatural, superheroes and alternate-history narratives with nazis. That's like putting all the things I hate in one receipe. But Mike Mignola can play with genre really well and his drawings have an ugly-beautiful appeal and a distilled simplicity of form that makes them irresistible. This, like others, have a similar atmosphere of the Hellboy and Abe Sapien world. Sea monsters, ghosts, occult, conspi ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Finn is beyond terrible and easily Mike Mignolas worst comic. There is little to no characterization whatsoever, it’s boring as hell, the artwork is good but not great and the ending is a whole new kind of anticlimactic. Do yourself a favor and read “The Doom that Came to Gotham “ if you want to read a somewhat decent comic from this writer and artist, but otherwise just skip this piece of boring crap. I love Mike Mignola and he is a brilliant writer and my personal favorite artist, so I d ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit drawn out, but still entertaining.
JL Shioshita
This book presents a lot of questions but few answers. It seems to go for tone and concept over story and plot. There's all these interesting ideas that are just that, ideas, because the tale that tries to tie them all together is too threadbare to really merit more than one cursory read. All things considered, it was a bit of disappointment for me, but if you dig Lovecraftian weirdness, or Cronenberg body horror, or Juni Ito's Gyo - then you'll probably find something to like here. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of people didn't like this one, but I thought it wasn't bad. It's not the best thing Mignola has done by any means, but I thought it was entertaining in its own way. Very heavy Lovecraft vibe. It was a little haphazard and could have used more character development, but I'm thinking this was done in the vein of penny dreadful type novels which probably weren't known for deep characters. If you're a fan of Lovecraft "Innsmouth" type stories you might dig the vibe. ...more
Alexander Peterhans
I liked this a lot, a lot more than I even expected to. It took me a little time to warm to the art style, and again when Farel Dalrymple took over in the last issue (in a way I think it would've been better if Dalrymple had gone with his own style, instead of emulating it).

The story has a nice creepiness to it, and went down some pretty surprising lanes.

Read as 4 seperate issues.
Stephanie (aka WW)
This is one weird, dark tale. Set on the London dock sides in Victorian times, it tells the story of a Lovecraftian being bringing a plague of sorts from the sea. I would have enjoyed it more with more background. From its start, it rushed hell bent to its crazy conclusion.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Love Lovecraft's style, even Mike Mignola, but this issue is awful and disgusting. Even, I shouldn't read it. ...more
Ill D
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With nearly 600 comic book reviews under my belt I can confidently say I’m quite familiar with the Mignola-verse. Yet within and without the confines of the beloved Hellboy universe, I’m far more steeped in the former than the latter. Case in point was my discovery of this curiously extra-Hellboy-verse offering titled Jenny Finn.

Surprisingly dressed in mere pencil-work, devoid of colours I felt unsure of what to expect from an otherwise highly coloured, both literally and figuratively, style dev
2.5 stars.

A common complaint that I have about many graphic novels is that they stretch the story out far too long just to fill pages. Jenny Finn, however, has the opposite problem. The story moves way too fast to really build up any kind of suspense. The art was ok, and I liked the general theme of everything being nautical and almost a tiny bit steampunk.

The biggest problem with this book, however, is the text. It is so small you will be squinting your way through this story.
Devon Munn
While i felt like this could've been longer (like a 6-8 issue miniseries) it was alright. And damn that ending was quite depressing (in a good way) ...more
Brian Dickerson
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The new edition with colors by Dave Stewart is so beautiful. And, I never realized when I read the previous edition that Farel Dalrymple drew the last issue. He matched Nixey's style wonderfully.

I liked the story, I really didn't recall much of it from my previous read, but it was quick, quirky, and satisfying.

The guest family from another famous tale in the last panel was the cherry on top. It means nothing I suppose but it was a fun treat.

Get the color edition and reread it if you have not alr
Jessica Camara
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark graphic novel set in Victorian England, the illustrations and storyline in Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah grab the reader immediately. Something evil is spreading throughout the city like a plague. Jenny Finn and the strange story behind her discovery, existence and connection to the spread of this strange affliction upon the residents of the city will leave the reader wondering and wanting to continue reading this unique series.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It’s a 2.7, but I am rounding up out of an enduring love for Mike Mignola. This is a squiddy, fishy story that is devoid of any loveable or memorable characters. The story is also a bit thin. it mashes up Jack the Ripper, Lovecraftian horror, and some campy Dickensian London. It wasn’t quite funny, and also wasn’t scary, and if there another book featuring the same cast I would probably skip it.
This was an interesting read, but it would've been more compelling if Mignola had delved further into the mythology of Jenny Finn. As it stands, the story feels incomplete because he only skims the surface of what Jenny truly is and what she represents. On the positive side, Mignola's illustration is superb and easily makes up for what is lacking in the story. ...more
Adam Luptak
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Didn't love this one. A lot of promise here - a weird plague on the streets of London, ghosts and ancient creatures from the deep... But the art was only okay - the amount of detail (which I would like to love) became cluttered and confusing without color. The story felt very glossed over, leaving me wanting to know more about the origins and motivations of the characters. ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another tired mash-up of Victorian England, Lovecraftian monsters, royal conspiracies, and Jack the Ripper. The artists draws people so misshapen that you can't tell the adults from the children or normal folk from monsters. ...more
Johnny Andrews
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very old school horror styling, Very Lovecraft. Who is Jenny Fin? Who is killing the working women of Victorian England. What is this weird fish-scale plague that many on the streets suffer.
Eerie and bizarre, this is a great but short tale.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The art was cool but I really disliked the story.
Had to abandon this halfway through. Not Mike Mignola's best work. ...more
Just finished reading Jenny Finn, and what better way to spend a rainy Saturday evening than with a short little sliver of Victorian, Lovecraftian horror. I knew nothing about this story when I picked it up, but the simple yet enchanting cover art, and the fact that it was written by Mike Mignola was more than enough to inspire a purchase and a read. It is with great disappointment that I have to say, Jenny Finn was a story of great idea's and promise, although one that falls well short of what ...more
Joseph R.
In Victorian London, a murderer is going around killing women. A woman is going around infecting men with a plague that causes them to have scales and tentacles and fish growing out of their skin. Joe from the country is sure he's pegged the murderer and eggs a mob on to lynch him. The guy he thinks is the murderer was harassing a young girl named Jenny Finn, who was in a brothel and seems to have infected one of the customers with the fish plague. She's not such an innocent little girl after al ...more
Christian McKay
For a hot second (actually, three chapters), I thought this collection was going to stand far and above the more mediocre Mignola creations. (Don't get me wrong. I really love Hellboy. But the pieces Mignola writes tend to feel a bit deflated.) Yes, Jenny Finn's art's a little stiff. Yes, it borrows heavily from Lovecraft (yawn at this point) without actually saying anything new (quickly becoming an unforgivable sin). But it was creepy and weird and exciting! Then the ending came along and lost ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was such a strange time to live in Victorian London. A murderer went around killing and mutilating prostitutes, while various men are being transformed into odd half-man half-sea creatures. No one was safe to walk about town. Unless for a young girl named Jenny Finn. Her walking around as if nothing was wrong caught the attention of an out-of-towner named Joe who can’t help himself but to seek her out and introduce himself. He was concerned for her safety, but nothing is as it seems. Jenny Fi ...more
Jamie Connolly
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I read this in single issue format. I was real keen on the art. Loved it actually even though it’s not normally my kinda style. The story lacked for something. A conclusion for one thing. I guess it ended up not really knowing what it was about. I figured the ending would put it all together but it left too many cards on the table. Otherwise it was ok I guess. I’ve come to expect much more from Mike Mignola though. 3 generous stars. Felt bad giving the 2 stars it probably deserved.
David King
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I picked up the first issue at Atomic Comics while on vacation.It was great! Very Lovecraftian. As soon as I could I ordered the complete story arc of Doom Messiah. Could not put it down. Story is top rate, eerie, macabre and yet there is that Mignola humor. "DOOM" The art work of Troy Nixey and Farel Dalrymple is perfect. I instantly began creating make-up to look like 'fish people.' I'm not going to say anything about the plot. You'll know by thumbing through it if it's for you. ...more
Bill Coffin
This is the rare Mignola story I did not like. This tale of a creepy girl with adore supernatural secret while rat;big around a doomed version of Victorian London should work better than it does. But it feels like it came from the reject pile for the Outerverse stories, which the,selves feel like they came from the reject pile from Hellboy and the BPRD. Maybe this one just should have been left on the pile.
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo

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