Character Spotlight: Jessica Jones



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We continue our character spotlights of Marvel Netflix heroes. If you want to know more about Daredevil, check out last week’s post under the blog section. Today I’m going to talk about Jessica Jones. Jones was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos and made her debut in November of 2001. As opposed to other characters that have decades of history, Jessica Jones is a fairly new character by comic book standards. But in her relatively short publication period she has become one of Marvel’s most realistic and tragic hero. If you enjoyed her Netflix series and want to know more about the character, read on.



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Alias, Vol. 1-4

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Michael Gaydos, David Mack

During the early 2000’s, Marvel was experimenting with a new line of comics. This imprint would be titled Marvel MAX and it was meant for older and more mature readers. One of the first and most successful comics to come out of this line was titled Alias. Alias tells the story of Jessica Jones, who’s short lived career as a super hero ends in tragedy. Years later, she opens up her own Private Investigation business dealing almost exclusively with superhuman cases. Jessica’s failed time as a super hero has turned her into a self-destructive alcoholic,trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. This series earned it’s adult rating as it was one of the most mature comics Marvel was releasing at the time. What made this series stand out is that Jessica was written as a very real person who many issues were relatable. This series also is famous for taking, at the time, lame villain The Purple Man and turning him into one of Marvel’s most evil and best villains. All 28 issues of Alias are collected across 4 volumes. This is the series you want to pick up after watching the Netflix Series.



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Jessica Jones-The Pulse: The Complete Collection

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Mark Bagley, Brent Anderson, Michael Lark, Olivier Coipel, Michael Gaydos

After Alias ended, Jessica starred in a new series called The Pulse. Jessica leaves the PI business and takes a position at the Daily Bugle as their super hero consultant. Again, dealing with super human cases, Jessica’s first assignment is to investigate the death of a journalist at the Bugle. The rest of the series features encounters with the Green Goblin, Nick Fury, fellow Avengers like Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel and many more. While Jessica is the main star of the series, it does focus on other reporters like Ben Ulrich and Kat Farrell. The other major focus of this series is the relationship between Jessica and Luke Cage culminating in their marriage. The lighter tone and focus on traditional super heroes sets it apart from Alias. With that said, this is still an interesting character study of Jessica Jones and a must read if you want to see her story continue after Alias. The entire series is collected in one volume.



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New Avengers Annual # 3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Mike Mayhew

This is a fun little story that takes place after the first Civil War and during Dark Reign. Clint Barton, otherwise known as Hawkeye is being held in custody by the Norman Osborn lead SHEILD. The Thunderbolts are tasked with “interrogating” Clint in an attempt to get any information about the Avengers. Knowing that Barton’s capture will leave the team exposed, Ms. Marvel seeks the help of fellow Avengers Spider-Woman, Mockingbird and of course, Jessica Jones.  Fun is the best word to describe this story. Seeing Jessica don the costume and be heroic is rare sight, making this alone worth the read. Seek this issue out.


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Jessica Jones Issue # 1-current

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Michael Gaydos, David Mack

After years without a solo title, Jessica Jones once again gets her own comic. This is the current series released by Marvel, written and drawn by her original creators. The landscape has changed in the yeas after her first series ended. Sensing the need to discover the truth, Jessica re-opens Alias Investigations. It’s good to see Jessica be a private investigator again. The fact that the series is written by the original team only cements the quality.  Only 2 issues of the series have been released so it will be easy to track down.

So there are some reading recommendations for Jessica Jones. Due to her being a relatively new character, she does not have the catalogue of stories like Daredevil. However, in the short amount of time she’s been in the Marvel universe, she has made an impact. There is no character as real or raw as Jessica Jones.

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Next week I’ll focus on the Hero for Hire, Luke Cage

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