While John, Chris, and Wayne are basking in the glow of Comic-Con and I am stuck in the drudgery of Manhattan, ICover art for Virgin Comics' Shadow Hunter bring news that should brighten your day--I know it did mine. But first I pose a question: what do you do if you're an adult entertainment star that's been around long enough so that your age, and your many cosmetic surgeries, are starting to catch up to you? What do you do when your name is appearing more often on tabloid covers rather than Vivid Entertainment releases? Well, first you condemn the wonder that is High-definition television for highlighting your imperfections so beautifully, and then you find other means of interacting with your adoring public.

I am speaking, of course, of Jenna Jameson, author (sort of) of my favorite how-to memoir, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, and star of way more of my sexual fantasies than I'd care to admit. But, let's face it, her naked days in the sun are beginning to set. So I was understandably ecstatic today when it was announced that she would be featured in her very own comic book series, Shadow Hunter, debuting in December and ending with a complete 144-page book available June 2008. And here's the best part: It's being published by Virgin Comics. Oh Jenna, your flare for the ironic never ceases to impress.

Now let me be clear by saying that this series is NOT pornography--I know, bummer. The press release coyly describes it as "provocative and sexy, contain[ing] no nudity and intended for a mainstream audience." The story follows a superheroine who, after deftly avoiding a run-in with death finds her self battling all sorts of hell's minions over control of her soul--think Hellblazer's John Constantine cross-bred with the Pussy Patrol. But the plot's really not all that important, is it? Finally we can enjoy Jenna in all her airbrushed glory without that nagging thought in the back of our minds that she's not actually trying to look airbrushed.

More details will be surfacing as Comic-Con continues, so expect further updates from my esteemed colleagues who gave me the honor of starting the ball rolling (aside from the press release, that is). In the meantime, I leave you with this comment from Jenna herself that more than piqued my curiosity: "I'm thrilled to be collaborating with Virgin to bring this story to life, first as comics and eventually in film and other formats." I can only imagine what "other formats" might entail, but here's hoping the film will be shelved in the back section of the store.

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