Marvel Television made a big splash at this year’s New York Comic-Con, bringing not only their current ABC series — S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter — but their upcoming Netflix slate as well. During the panel for Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the first footage of Daredevil season 2 was shown (and subsequently shared online after leaked footage appeared) and the first episode of Jessica Jones was screened, earning itself some great early reviews.
There’s still about a month between now and Jessica Jones‘ Netflix premiere and already its teasers are playing up the darker angle of the series, focusing on Jones’ (Krysten Ritter) complicated past and the eerily well-informed Purple Man (David Tennant). But fans wanting a real taste of Jessica Jones ahead of its November release should take the opportunity to check out the prequel comic Marvel just made available today.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones #1 can be downloaded for free, via the digital comics retailer Comixology, or read online via Marvel’s website. Written by Jessica Jones’ creator, Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones #1 gives audiences a preview of Jones’ life working for Alias Investigations, setting up where we’ll find the character at the start of the Netflix series.
Check out the comic’s cover (by David Mack), below:
As you can see, The Man Without Fear also makes an appearance in this short prequel comic — but don’t expect the two future Defenders to share any panels together. Within the story, Jones is checking in on Turk Barret (Rob Morgan), who after a run in with Daredevil is hospitalized for his injuries. Jones and Murdock may not meet, but their lives are shown becoming slowly entangled, with a future meeting strongly implied.
All in all, though the comic is short, it does offer a small sample of what a Jessica Jones series has to offer. And unlike Daredevil — who had at least some name recognition (outside the world of comics), thanks to a certain Ben Affleck film — Jessica Jones is a lesser known character to most of the Marvel TV-watching crowd. Giving her a little extra build-up, no matter how small, is a smart way to drum up excitement for the forthcoming Netflix series.
Daredevil Season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage Season 1 and Daredevil Season 2 (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.