I'm not going to lie, Jessica Jones is a relatively new character to me. I've seen her in some Daredevil books, and I saw maybe 1-2 episodes of the Netflix series, but that is it. But something drew me to add this book to my pull. I am a fan of a strong female protagonist, I've been enjoying some detective-style storylines, so I decided to give it a shot.
This series is written by Kelly Thompson with Art by Mattia De Julias, and the cover featured above was created by Valerio Giangiordano and Marcio Menyz.
The story begins with a great breaking of the fourth wall (I think) where you can tell somehow Jessica has been caught in a bind (literally), and we will Tarantino our way back in time to establish what got her in this pickle. By page 4, it jumps straight to the action, someone is dead in her office. It is not clue who it is or why they are dead in her office, but she is instantly arrested by NYPD as a suspect.
After she is released from custody (thanks to the lawyering skill of Matt Murdock) she instantly returns to her office to figure out why a former client was found dead in her office. It is in this sequence, we start getting deeper into the concept of "blind spots" that even those with enhanced abilities overlook something, and once we notice our own blind spots we are obsessed with correcting the situation we may be responsible for... and then things take a turn for the worse.
The art in this book is also exceptional. One of the common elements I absolutely love is the interplay of color with spliced in black-and-white elements within the frame. For example, when Jessica is analyzing the two detectives who are interrogating her, all of the elements of who these men are are isolated in what look like black and white polaroids over their bodies (like the tie....is it donuts or coke? Definitely donuts!). I also love the attention to detail on items like partially singed case files, the nearly destroyed paper has beautiful detail work all over it!
There are two reasons why I feel a strong connection to this storyline already. First, as a working parent, there are times where I feel intrinsically tied to my work, and get so dug in, that I may overlook some responsibilities at home. There is some great dialogue with/about Luke Cage and his ability to care for their daughter and/or be upset when Jessica may have to use the bed in her office.
Second is the blind spot. Jessica feels responsible for the dead body in her office, because it was a former client who's case went un-solved. She had to look back into case files, notes, ad her memories to figure out what went wrong. This hits home with me quite strongly. One of the tenets of my anxiety is the obsession with righting wrongs from my missteps, of fighting the guilt I allow to consume all elements of my mind whenever something happens because of a "blindspot." These two elements guarantee that this book stays on my pull list for several more issues.
The final element I love, is the letter in the back where the author describes both her excitement for being tapped by Bendis to take the series on, and her true love and passion for the character. This type of note at the end is enough to hook me to see what someone who is truly excited about what Jessica Jones can do with Jessica Jones.
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