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Based on the Alias comic by Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel's Jessica Jones finds the titular character operating her private investigation firm, 'Alias Investigations', in Hell's Kitchen in the heart of New York, the same stomping ground of Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock (Daredevil). From the get-go, Jones struggles with PTSD, alcoholism and some sort of social outcast syndrome, with hints of a troubling past bubbling underneath a vitriolic, sarcastic exterior. All of these problems flare up, when a British man named Kilgrave comes back to haunt her. Surrounded by her few close friends, radio host Trish 'Patsy' Walker, bartender Luke Cage, driven cop Will Simpson, junkie Malcolm and hard-ass attorney Jeri Hogarth, Jones is forced to face her past when people around her begin to die at a rapid pace.
So, let's get into detail.
Jonesing for Jones
Purple Is The Darkest Colour
A Perfect Cage Match
We've All Got Problems
Sidenote; the gory action in the vain of Daredevil continues here, although is a far more stunted sense. In general, the fights are smaller and not choreographed well. It fits the street brawling themes, but it just isn't as entertaining as Daredevil's ninja mastery. However, if it's wince-enducing pain you're after, you'll find it in spades here, mainly with the deaths of Kilgraves victims. This includes decapitation, throat-slitting, self-incuded stabbing, arm removal, jumping off buildings and ramming garden shears into one's head. Ouch on several levels.
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- Marvel's Luke Cage will serve to build upon the relationship between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Whilst we may not see them fully pair off, the implication will be very, very strong, perhaps confirmed in The Defenders.
- Jeri Hogarth, now facing disbarment, may find herself working with smaller law firms, such as Nelson and Murdock.
- Trish Walker, having had a brief taste of power from one of Simpson's pills, may continue her self defence training to later become Hellcat.
- Name-dropped by Jessica herself, another P.I called Angela del Toro could find herself answering the call of The Hand and suiting up in some way as White Tiger.
- Jeri Hogath, again still facing disbarment, may have to pool other resources together. This may lead her to one of her partners, Rand-Meachum, Inc., and to the last Defender, Danny Rand/Iron Fist.
- Captain America and Iron Man are set to go to war. Whilst Jessica is only somewhat public, her and Matt Murdock/Daredevil could find themselves on the Civil War radar after the appearance of the next New York superhero, Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And Jessica would probably refuse any offer, should it be made.
On the hole, Jessica Jones has a more gripping story than what the Blind Guardian offered us earlier this year, but deals better with it's themes and tone than it's action. The main disappointment of the series are the fights and their lack of weight or importance, but that's the only negative I can muster. Even then, the show's main draw was never the action. It is way more focused on the story of these intertwining characters and how people with and without powers are dealing with the fallout of superhuman events. Go in for a compelling story about the psyche of the superhero and you will be blown away. If you just want fights and explosions, Marvel has you covered in other areas.
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