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ZariusTwo
07-11-2016, 11:33 AM
This new Jessica Jones solo series, which was originally called Alias when it launched under the adult-oriented Marvel MAX line in 2001, has been in the works for some time, even before her well-received TV debut on Netflix last year. Bendis was content to end Alias when it came to its natural conclusion in 2004, but as the Marvel Universe experienced one major event after another, like last year’s reality-altering Secret Wars, Bendis took note of what unsolved mysteries were falling through the cracks, storing them away for Jessica to one day solve. Now that day has come.

The last time we saw Jessica was in the recent Spider-Man #5 by Bendis and Sara Pichelli, where she was investigating Miles Morales on behalf of his grandmother. But the first issue of her new series will find her in a much different place.

"You're going to find out about it in the first issue. We're going to open up a book where Jessica's world has blown up in her face. 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,” Bendis said in a phone interview, taking extra care not to spoil anything.

The main reason Jessica Jones is getting a new book now instead of, say, last year alongside her show’s debut, is because Bendis wanted to wait until he could “get the band back together,” i.e., work with Gaydos on interiors and David Mack on covers, just like on Alias. With all of their schedules now in sync, the new series is a reality.

"I've worked with other artists on Jessica and always enjoyed it, but in my mind she never looks and feels and breathes and smells more like Jessica than when Michael draws her,” Bendis said, recalling their long friendship and working relationship that started with them attending art school together. (Gaydos actually drew the only story Bendis ever did for rival publisher DC Comics, a Batman story called “Citizen Wayne.” You can imagine the rest.) “Between [Michael’s art] and David Mack, who is one of my closest friends who did all the covers, that is the signature in which people think of her, of those visuals. So having them all back together and having everyone be just a little bit better at their jobs -- I think Michael is a better illustrator and David is a better painter -- and I have to rise to the occasion and meet them.”

The reception of Jessica Jones’ Netflix show was generally positive across the board, but that doesn’t mean Bendis is changing the comic to be more like the show. The show and the comic take place in very different Marvel universes, so don’t count on Hellcat, Nuke and all of Jessica’s quirky neighbors suddenly popping up in the comic. However, the show’s impact on the comic is not lost on Marvel Comics Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

“The one thing that the show did, it took Jessica Jones and made her much more of a household name than she ever was when Alias was being done, and much more important in the Marvel firmament, one of the very few characters that's headlined a Marvel property in film or on television, so consequently there's just more interest right now than a Jessica comic than there might have been a year ago or a couple of years ago,” Brevoort said. “That's the one beautiful thing for us, the one ancillary gift that the show gave us was a much bigger audience and a much bigger spotlight to do the kind of stories that have always been done in Alias and now in Jessica Jones.”

A lot has happened to Jessica since her debut, but the biggest difference that will be a factor in this new series is the baby girl, Danielle, she had with husband Luke Cage. (Cage debuted on-screen in Jessica’s show and is next in line to get a Netflix series, and he's currently co-starring with fellow upcoming Netflixer Danny Rand in the comic Power Man and Iron Fist.)

"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,” Bendis said. “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.”

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2016/07/11/jessica-jones-returns-with-new-comic-by-original-creators

plastroncafe
07-11-2016, 11:36 AM
Cannot wait!