Jessica Jones #1

by Ryan.L on October 05, 2016

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Last year Jessica Jones stepped out in her own Netflix series and it was an astounding success. The other great thing about the show’s success was that there was no comic book series on the market for fans to get more of Jessica. That all has changed with the new Marvel Now!
It may be 15 years since the launch of Jessica’s first solo series “Alias” by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos but it feels like no time as passed between series. The look and tone of this book is exactly the same as “Alias” especially since we have the same creative team. We even have David Mack returning to do the covers with his signature style.
Bendis shines when he is writing his own characters, and that is very evident here in the first issue of Jessica Jones. Everything we know and love about her is jam packed into this issue and more. There are many cameos from big named characters which “Alias” was well known for in this series as well. It’s not often a series can pick up where it left off and manage to deliver the same quality as before especially after a 10+ year gap between series, but Bendis pulled it off flawlessly.
This book grabbed me from the first page right until the last. All the foul mouth and back talk that we love from Jessica is still there and mother hood has not changed this sarcastic pessimist. Jessica isn’t making any friends in this series either. She very much has a fuck it mentality, and is more focused on working and making money. Why was she is jail? Where is her baby? Bendis is constantly throwing out questions without giving us any inclination of what the answers might be. He just leaves us guessing while Jessica gets back to what she does best, being a private investigator.
Even the look of “Jessica Jones” is exactly the same as “Alias.” Michael Gaydos delivers a stunningly beautiful book to read. I don’t think this series would be the same if Gaydos didn’t come back to do the art. He has such a unique style that is what I associate with Jessica. “The Pulse” the series after “Alias” staring Jessica didn’t really feel like a Jessica Jones book until Gaydos came onboard to do the art starting with issue #11. There are very few characters that are really tied to their original creative teams but Jessica Jones is definitely one of them.
The series “Alias” ended because Bendis said he felt he had told what he wanted with Jessica and was ready to move on. Well it’s great that from the popularity of the Netflix show he was willing to come back and give us some more stories to enjoy. I can’t wait to see where he takes this series; it’s going to be intense especially with a pissed off Luke Cage in the mix so you’re not going to want to miss it!


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