Catching up on a few review from the last few weeks.
Bendis takes another crack at Jessica Jones, following the smash hit of her Netflix series. The series was based in part around some of her earlier appearances, and I guess Bendis prefers her in that setting. Her more recent comic appearances have her in much happier circumstances with a much better life. But all that seems to have been shredded, and Jessica is back to being alone and miserable. This even contradicts the recent Power Man and Iron Fist series from earlier this year, and I have to admit, I don’t really like the change.
Jessica starts off the series in something called “The Cellar,” which I’ve never heard of. It’s either a jail or a prison. She gets released under circumstances she doesn’t understand and goes back to her office. Throughout the issue, she gets visits from various members of the hero community demanding to know something from her, something that’s on the major side for her more recent comic book life. Between these rather annoying visits, she also gets a new case.
Normally, when a noir-style PI gets a call from a distraught wife, it’s either a missing persons case or a suspicion of adultery. Of course, this is the Marvel Universe, so not a lot of things are that simple. Jessica gets a really odd one this time, and I’m not sure how exactly she’s supposed to investigate this. There are enough hints dropped that it sounds like the case involves another known Marvel character. This is going to be interesting, even without the other pressing matter. The issue ends with Jessica getting another visit, which interrupts her work and has the potential to get fairly ugly.
Plot: It’s very in tune with the original Jessica Jones series, and tonal similar to her series, or some of the darker parts of it. The new case is an interesting wrinkle. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5, even though I don’t like a lot of the choices made. They are done well for all that.
Art: Also like her first series (I believe this is the same artist), the art is different from a regular heroic book. There isn’t as much finished line work, it’s stylistically a bit muddy, which works for the story told. I’ll give the art a 3 out of 5.
Positives: Jessica’s character is consistent with her earlier appearances. The general style is good for the noir super. Reading between the lines, I think they are tying her new case in with the recent restructuring of the Marvel Universe, and they did an interesting job fo that.
Negatives: I don’t think all heroes always need to be happy, but I do think if you’re going to wipe away a few years of development, there should be a good reason. So far, I haven’t seen it. I’m also very disappointed in the way Misty Knight behaved in particular.
Jessica Jones #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Mack