You should all know who Jessica Jones is by now. Her Alias comic series was ridiculously good, and her Netflix show is critically acclaimed – it’s returning for a second season, but only after she appears in The Defenders.
If you’re unfamiliar: Jessica’s a former costumed super hero who is now the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations – a small private investigative firm. But dark secrets from her super hero past haunt her, affecting her relationships and happiness. If you’re expecting a typical Marvel series, you’re going to be disappointed. This is a dark comic with adult humour.
This issue picks up with Jessica being released from prison, what for? We don’t know, though as the story unravels it appears that she’s done something bad to her and Luke’s daughter. After reading her other comics and watching the show, we know fundamentally Jessica’s not a bad (or evil) person, so we don’t suspect she’d have done anything to harm her own child. Perhaps Kilgrave is involved? Perhaps she’s protecting her child by keeping them away from heroes? We have no clue, but we love a mystery like this when it comes to Jessica.
The theme feels very much inline with the Alias comics, which is fitting since it has the same creative team of Bendis and Gaydos. We’ve been pining for comics like this for a couple of years now, so we’re so happy this has turned out to be good (so far, anyway.)
If you’re a fan of the Netflix show, read this. If you’re a fan of Alias, read this. If you’re looking for your typical, run-of-the-mill Marvel comic? Read this, then realise it’s completely different – and better for the most part.
Does Jessica Jones #1 live up to Alias and her Netflix show? Yes it bloody does.
- Familiar tone and style
- Storyline unravelling