Marvel is launching a new Jessica Jones comic book series in the wake of the success of Marvel’s Jessica Jones TV show on Netflix. IGN reports the reboot was in the works, even before the TV series starring Krysten Ritter, was a hit with Netflix subscribers.
The new comic series will be written and drawn by Jessica Jones creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. David Mack is doing the covers. Pictured above is his new Jessica Jones cover #1. Jessica Jones‘ first solo comic book series was titled Alias. In the Netflix TV show, Jones’ detective agency is called “Alias Investigations.” The first season cast also includes: David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachel Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Travel.
Here is more from IGN:
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.
According to the report, Bendis does not plan to change the comic to be more like the show. IGN quotes Marvel Comics Executive Editor Tom Brevoort as saying:
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. […] 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.
What do you think? Will you watch the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones TV series when it drops toNetflix? Will you buy the comics?