Creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos are returning to write new comic book cases for Jessie Jones. Bendis and Gaydos debuted the character in the 2001 Marvel MAX series Alias, and she has since go on to become the basis of the Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, where she’s played by Krysten Ritter.
According to Bendis, Jones comes out of semi-retirement when she finds her world has turned upside down.
"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 tells IGN.
If the timing of the new Jessica Jones series seems a bit peculiar, given that the Netflix series debuted last year, that’s because Bendis was determined to get the original Alias creative team back together, including Gaydos on art and David Mack on covers.
"I've worked with other artists on Jessica and always enjoyed it, but in my mind she never looks and feels and breathes and smells more like Jessica than when Michael draws her,” Bendis said. “Between [Michael’s art] and David Mack, who is one of my closest friends who did all the covers, that is the signature in which people think of her, of those visuals. So having them all back together and having everyone be just a little bit better at their jobs -- I think Michael is a better illustrator and David is a better painter -- and I have to rise to the occasion and meet them.”
Of course, not everything is the same as it was before. Jones is now a mother, taking care of her and Luke Cage’s daughter Danielle, and that kind of responsibility changes everything.
"Having a child completely changes your perspective on everything, some in obvious ways and some in not-so-obvious ways. Some of them really sneak up on you. Like caring about somebody more than yourself, particularly when you're very self-involved like Jessica would tend to be, is a big thing. Luke and Jessica have tried to raise a baby in a very dangerous environment. We talked about this during Avengers, you're raising a baby in Avengers Mansion and somebody's trying to knock that building over every four days. This is not the safest place for a baby,” Bendis said. “So your perspective changes, and as an investigator and a detective her perspective will change because she's a mother. I know some people are worried about that baby being dragged like a sack of potatoes that holds down the story or something, but I can think of many ways to tell the story celebrate this part of her life and at the same time complicates it to a degree that a lot of people can relate to. I think a lot of people can relate to trying to 'do it all.' Lord knows I can.”
Check out the official solicitation text below. Jessica Jones launches this fall.