Writer: Brian Michael Bendis / Artist: Michael Gaydos / Marvel Comics
Jessica Jones’ tone sets it apart from most other comics I read on a typical week – probably that we cover on this entire site – making it a welcome change of pace from the playful middle-grade adventures of DC’s Gotham Academy or the tights-and-capes of Marvel’s Civil War II. Despite being part of the Marvel universe, Jessica Jones always seems somewhat in a universe of her own, from her comic to her TV series that both subtract high-flying heroism and dazzling flight sequences for heavy dialogue, the occasional punch to the face, and a whole lot of melancholy.
The Netflix series will soon intersect a lot closer with more of the Marvel universe, but our new Jessica Jones series seems to be moving in that direction a little as well. So far we’ve seen Misty and Luke, sure, but we also saw a portal from another dimension punch Jessica in the face. It’s too early to see how the more fantastical, super-powered elements will integrate within Jessica Jones’ unique tenor, but if you’re skeptical, you’re not the only one.
In the meantime, Jessica Jones’ dialogue, artwork, and personal struggles continue to be everything that make her likeable, and her book a great read. Jessica Jones is one of those characters you’d want to follow even if she weren’t a superhero, but just living her everyday life trying to find stability and happiness. This new series taps into that sentiment even further, bringing her daughter into the equation and highlighting her softer side from another personal angle.
Overall, while the plot forms and we figure out what this arc is going to be about, Jessica Jones is worth reading as one of the most relatable characters out there to anyone who’s ever tried to find normalcy in their life when life had other plans. I sincerely don’t care where Bendis takes this series… so long as Jessica Jones stays true to its character and continues to slowly overcome one challenge after another, growing, putting herself together piece by piece.
Reading Jessica Jones? Catch up on previous reviews here.