Jessica Jones #1 is a big deal, right? The whole crew from the OG series is back 15 years later, Jessica is still riding high off last year's Netflix series and now homegirl is going solo again! Just one problem with all that ...
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and Matthew Hollingsworth’s Jessica Jones #1 just isn't good, in my opinion. It has issues on a lot of levels and while these issues could be worked out in the series, this first issue does nothing to make me add it to my already overstuffed pull list.
Let's start with the biggest problem in this book.
Nothing ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
There is an illusion of things happening, created with an obnoxious amount of cameos and name dropping but there is little to no story set up. All we know is Jessica was in prison (reason not explained), now she's out (reason not explained), she's broke (reason not explained) and all her friends hate her because no one knows where she and Luke Cage's baby is (you guessed it, reason not explained).
Look, I get setting up a mystery for Alias to solve. But, Bendis gives you nothing and expects you to like it because LOOK AT ALL THE NAMES I DROPPED AND OTHER CHARACTERS THAT SHOW UP!
Seven of the 22 pages are sitting and talking. Nearly a third of the book -- mind you, that Marvel wants $4 for -- is a single boring scene. Bendis throws around "shit" and "bitchcakes" because he can, but not to establish character or plot.
The one great line in this book (in fairness, Bendis always gets one), is a brilliant shot at Marvel as one character asks why no one even talks about the Fantastic Four anymore. That ... that was nice Bendis. I can't be mad at that.
The art team of Gaydos and Hollingsworth does well, honestly. There are a few scenes where the faces feel a little off. Overall, though, their strong effort is thwarted by lazy writing. These two have nothing to do!! Hollingsworth’s colors are, as always, on point though and you can see the history between the two artists. It's just unfortunately wasted on a poorly written book.
I feel a need to digress momentarily and say that I truly love a good amount of Brian Bendis' work. It's really popular to hate on the guy, I get that. But it's just my opinion that in this effort, he falls far short of the mark. This happens a lot when celebrated creators return to some of their signature work (Frank Miller on DK3 is another example).
Maybe I just don't get it. Other critics seem to love this new Jessica Jones. I just can't bring myself there, even with some solid artwork.
FINAL RATING: 5/10 Bitchcakes
It's just ... unfortunate.