Jessica Jones: Uncaged! (Vol. 1)
By: Brian Michael Bendis (Writer), Michael Gaydos (Artist), Matt Hollingsworth (Colourist), Cory Petit (Letterer), David W. Mack (Cover Artist)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
After a decade, Jessica Jones is back in her own solo series! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are many secrets hiding in the shadows – secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Alias Investigations is open for business, and of all the many mysteries to discover, her new case may be the most dangerous one! This blistering new series is filled with haunting revelations from Jessica’s past, and answers to some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! universe! From Jessica Jones’ original creators comes an all-new chapter in the world-famous private eye’s ongoing adventures!
COLLECTING: JESSICA JONES 1-6.
I had been curious about the Jessica Jones comics ever since I watched the Netflix series (never reviewed it here on the blog but suffice to say I enjoyed it). Picked this volume up as it was featured on Indigo around the time that The Defenders was released.
I liked that the main story arc was fairly self-contained in this volume; yes, there’s two overarching story arcs that will continue into future volumes, but in the meantime the main mystery about the missing husband and the strange woman asking Jessica to join her side was resolved by the end of the volume. It’s a good intoduction back into a Jessica Jones solo series, but also a good introduction for me who’s never read her comics. I have a rough idea of what happened to Jessica in the past, which despite of the changeover in directions that Marvel has done in the past, her past is still fairly intact, along with all the pitfalls that went along the way.
Jessica herself is quite the highlight. She’s just as self-loathing and prickly as in the television show, just as down on her luck, complete with sharp comebacks and sarcastic comments. I could almost hear Krysten Ritter saying the lines as I was reading it xD But despite of her reluctance to be a superhero and everything that went with it, she does strive to do the right thing and get to the bottom of the mystery or case on hand. The reveal about what happened and why she was where she was at the start of this comic was something I didn’t expect but enjoyed it.
Overall I enjoyed this volume, it’s definitely a good place to start if you haven’t read any comics featuring Jessica Jones. I’d be interested to check out the next volume (though I’m not in any rush), as well as check out her first solo outing, Alias 🙂