Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jessica Jones #4

Relying a common comic book device, Jessica Jones #4 offers a twist to Jessica Jones' downward spiral (and explains why the circumstances which caused it haven't been discussed until now). It seems that Jessica didn't actually have some kind of breakdown, freak-out, or blow-up. Instead she's spent the past few months undercover for Carol Danvers in hopes of uncovering a secret network of people who hate super-heroes to an extreme degree.

Carol's plan bears fruit as a member of the group does reach out to Jessica. Of course it's also caused unnecessary drama in the young woman's life where Luke Cage (and his apparent harem of female friends) is concerned. While far from shocking, the reveal undercuts the new series defining message about the character: she's a fuck-up trying to make good. In fact she's not. She's a hero who is making an extreme personal sacrifice to keep her friends and family safe. The only problem? Once revealed I'm not sure that it will earn her any sympathy. For fans.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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