Marvel Comics 2020
Written by Kelly Thompson
Illustrated by Mattia De Iulis
Lettered by VC's Cory Petit
Note: this issue contains story originally published in Jessica Jones - Marvel Digital Original (2018) #1
After being brutally attacked in her office, Jessica turns to Doctor Strange to help her find the target. But he may discover more than Jessica bargained for…
The only thing I don't like about this is the fact that the story is about two years already but since I don't have digital this is brand new to me. I will wholeheartedly stand by my opinion that this needs to be a monthly series, okay not this one because it's done but a Jessica Jones book by these creators. The world needs her gritty, unyielding and hardcore P.I. that she is. Okay ditch the mainstream and let's see more Patsy Walker that's the only change I would make.
I thought the scene between Luke and Jessica was great, could have done without the rest. Where she goes from the hospital that was full of everything she's about and I loved every damn moment of it. Then of course what we learn from that is super intriguing and it makes you want to know more. Kelly really is writing one heck of a story and it's got these fantastic layers to that makes things so much more than I thought it was going to be. I love when that happens and when people show up and there's history there it's even better. The way things continue to build and grow is so well done and it's one of those things that just catches you by surprise as it takes your breath away.
The way that this is being told and it's utterly sensational. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. Even the transitions are so well handled and it feels so utterly natural. The character development that we see is really well done and while Jess isn't drinking any longer her angry vibe is right where it needs to be and she shouldn't be any other way. The pacing here is fantastic and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way it all helps to create this ebb & flow that feels so appropriate.
I really do like the interior artwork here. The linework is solid and how we see the varying weights utilised to help show off the attention to detail is really quite delightful. There are also some really good, standout wow moments that we see, the aura type deal as well as how we the Polaroid shots come straight to mind. Also I am a huge of how Mattia utilises the colour as well and when we see the flesh tones and hues utilised to showcase additional structural elements it elevates what we see. There are some great innovative, creativity and imagination on display throughout the book and that Mattia does whole shebang is something to admire. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a superb eye for storytelling. I will say I wish we'd see more backgrounds that's the only criticism I can find and seeing more of them utilised would do wonders to solidify what we already see or bring us depth perception and scale.
I want more books like this on the market. This and Cloak & Dagger. The show might have been cancelled but the desire to follow her life is stronger than ever. She's become an idol to many and with how well she's been fleshed out the world just needs more of her like this. Alias Investigations needs a full time gig on stands or without that we need six issue arcs that come out regularly and if they have to I bet you could find different creators willing to her on.