JESSICA JONES #6 [Review]

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JESSICA JONES #6/ Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS/ Art by MICHAEL GAYDOS/ Color by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH/ Letters by COREY PETIT/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

Writer Brian Michael Bendis‘ second volume of Jessica Jones reaches its sixth issue. It’s been one of the few titles to touch on the pre-Secret Wars universe. That narrative, however, gets pushed to the side in Jessica Jones #6 as Jessica finally attempts to get her life back together.

In the fallout of Civil War II, the woman that Captain Marvel wrongfully accused has returned with vengeance in her eyes, enlisting Jessica Jones to take down Carol Danvers and the rest of the super human community. It’s then revealed that Jones and Danvers were in cahoots the entire time in a deep undercover operation in order to stop this threat. It’s after completing this mission that Jessica must put her life back together seeing as everything was destroyed in the complete deconstruction of her character — including her marriage to Luke Cage.

The character assassination of Carol Danvers continues, and now she’s ruined Jessica Jones’ family, too! Luke was kept in the dark about the operation and even their daughter was hidden from him. Now that he’s found his daughter, without Jessica, he vows to never give his wife another chance. Is this really the end for one of Marvel’s most celebrated comic book couples?

Bendis was onto something with the Civil War II fallout coming back to bite Danvers. However, the resolution in this issue doesn’t feel elaborate or thoughtful as the journey to get here. The other plot involving Jessica’s other client is of  far more significant importance. Now that this secret op with Carol is wrapped up, hopefully a deeper investigation into the universe that was can commence.

jessica jones 6 interiorJessica is a tragic and self-deprecating character, but through her relationship with Luke we see her lighter side. Having the couple yet again split up over the safety of their daughter is tiring. Hopefully, Bendis doesn’t fall into his own trope and instead blazes a new trail for his beloved characters.

Michael Gaydos’ photo-realistic approach to the art has been most refreshing. Coupled with Matt Hollingsworth‘s water color and oil painting strategy, Jessica Jones’ artwork has solid appeal. Continuing the tone of the original Alias run, the only disadvantage is the occasionally mismatched facial expression. Overall, it’s a satisfying visual experience that fits well with the gritty tone of the story.

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As a whole, Jessica Jones has been an enjoyable run. This issue doesn’t particularly hit the ceiling readers were hoping for, but it certainly maintains the floor. It’s well worth a read, despite the underwhelming sense of familiarity. There are more interesting things happening away from Jessica’s shattered home life; which makes it easy to stay on board.

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