Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Mattia de Iulius
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Sometimes change is a good thing.
Jessica Jones fans need no longer fret about the departure of Brian Michael Bendis to DC. The private detective is in good hands. Because Kelly Thompson and Mattea de Iulius make an enjoyable debut in Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1.
The past comes back to haunt Jessica in the opening installment of this six-part miniseries. First, she finds the dead body of a former client in her office. Then, the police barge in and find her kneeling over the corpse. So, clearly, she’s been set up. But, why? And, by whom?
The creative team responsible for this mystery stays true to the Bendis/Gaydos legacy while providing a fresh take on the character. Thompson’s narration is crisp, and the dialogue is funny. She entertains us with Matt Murdoch and Luke Cage cameos. And, she finds a clever foreshadowing device to set up an otherwise familiar cliffhanger.
But the kinetic paneling and use of perspective are my favorite things about Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1. This is a fun comicbook to look at. De Iulius’s use of shading and texture gives the story layers, much like the mystery Jessica Jones is trying to solve.
The miniseries is a perfect time for first-time readers of Jessica Jones to dive in without worrying about back story. Longtime fans will further be re-assured to know that the character is still a worthy read.
The comicbook was initially released last year as part of the Marvel Digital Original series. You can read it online or check out the print re-issue this week.