Jessica Jones, a hard-drinking private investigator from Hell's Kitchen, made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2015 with her very own solo series on Netflix. Jessica Jones was the second Marvel property (after the success of Daredevil) to receive the darker, more mature treatment from the Marvel/Netflix partnership, and was praised by critics for its handling of adult themes such as sexuality, mental illness, and abuse. The series also spawned one of the most sadistic, twisted villains we have ever met, in the form of Jessica's nemesis Kilgrave (David Tennant).
For these reasons, fans want more of Marvel's unconventional hero (played by Krysten Ritter of Breaking Bad and The B in Apartment 23) as soon as possible. As it turns out, she'll be back sooner than expected... on the page, at least. Marvel has announced a brand new ongoing Jessica Jones comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos and artist David Mack - the same creative team that introduced Jessica Jones with Alias (launched under the adult-oriented MAX line) in 2001.
In an interview with IGN, Bendis explained what we can expect from the new Jessica Jones comic series:
"She's at a place you'll least expect her. You're going to find all of her relationships have altered. And we're slowly going to find out why. I do like writing Jessica where we have to figure out 'why this has happened."
Set to launch this Fall, here is the official solicit text for the upcoming Jessica Jones comic:
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • MICHAEL GAYDOS (A)
COVER BY DAVID MACK
She is back after a decade! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are still many secrets hiding in the shadows. Secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Discover the haunting secrets from Jessica’s past in this blistering new series. Alias Investigations is open for business.
Check out the cover of Jessica Jones #1 below:
After the conclusion of Alias in 2004, we haven't seen much of Jessica Jones on the page. After a too-long hiatus, we recently spotted her in Spider-Man #5 in 2016 by Bendis and Sara Pichelli, when she was hired to investigate Miles Morales by his grandmother, but no sign of her since. As of yet, we don't know if the new series will pick up where Alias left off, be a tie-in with the TV series, or something new entirely. Although the television series is wildly popular, that doesn't necessarily mean that Bendis has plans to change the comic to coincide with the show. One major difference that occurred in the 2004-2006 comic book The Pulse will greatly affect the new series. In the The Pulse comics, also written by Bendis, about the people who worked on a superhero-focused section of The Daily Bugle, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage had a daughter named Danielle, who will have quite an impact on the storyline.
Bendis also explains how Jessica Jones, now being a mother, has changed:
"Having a child completely changes your perspective on everything, some in obvious ways and some in not-so-obvious ways. Some of them really sneak up on you. Like caring about somebody more than yourself, particularly when you're very self-involved like Jessica would tend to be, is a big thing. Luke and Jessica have tried to raise a baby in a very dangerous environment. We talked about this during Avengers, you're raising a baby in Avengers Mansion and somebody's trying to knock that building over every four days. This is not the safest place for a baby. So your perspective changes, and as an investigator and a detective her perspective will change because she's a mother. I know some people are worried about that baby being dragged like a sack of potatoes that holds down the story or something, but I can think of many ways to tell the story celebrate this part of her life and at the same time complicates it to a degree that a lot of people can relate to. I think a lot of people can relate to trying to 'do it all.' Lord knows I can.”
With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series, demand for Jessica Jones (along with the rest of The Defenders: Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) has never been higher. The creation of these television series brought more obscure characters into the spotlight, in turn creating a demand for more comics. Bendis waited to start on a new Jessica Jones comic book series until he could get the Alias team back together, in hopes of giving us a true-to-form reboot. It's great to see the original creators of Jessica Jones back at it again, presumably with a bigger following this time.
Jessica Jones #1 is set to release in October, 2016.