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Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Mattia De Iulis
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: January 15th, 2020
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 is a reprint of an intense new case, one in which is forced upon Jessica Jones. For not all cases stay in the past.
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 Gets Another Round
Before I dive into this review I want to make one thing clear: Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 has already been released once previously. It was originally available through Marvel’s digital run, but they decided to give it a physical printing this year.
To be fair, there are a lot of good reasons for this series to get reprinted. It’s amazing and didn’t seem to get nearly as much attention as it deserved. At least, in my book. One thing is certain: Jessica Jones is badass and deserves all the plot arcs possible.
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot is a miniseries, and while it doesn’t require you to have read any of her previous series, it wouldn’t hurt. For example, if you’ve only ever watched her Netflix series, you might have some questions about her relationship status here. But for the most part, if you’ve been following the canon for her comics, you’re good to go.
It seems like no matter how hard she tries, Jessica Jones’ PI business will always get mixed up in the superhero and villain world. It’s like she’s a magnet or something. But that is part of what makes her series so great. That, and her attitude. So, once again, we find her on the cusp of dealing with a new case and all of the danger that goes with it.
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 is a dramatic start to this miniseries. Given that this is Jessica we’re talking about, that’s probably not too surprising. After all, nothing will ever stay calm or reasonable around her. That’s simply not her luck.
Kelly Thompson has really nailed the mixed feelings that come with Jessica’s life, and that brings a whole new edge to this series. That, combined with dramatic events and several cameos, and we’re off to a fantastic start.
Having read this Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 twice now (once when it first released, and now once again), I can safely say that there are a lot of elements done right here. But then again, I might be a bit biased, being both a fan of this snarky detective and the creative team involved.
I love the balance between Jessica’s home life and her work life—and how the two seem to never want to stray too far from one another. It’s no wonder she gets so frustrated with it. That and the fact that her superpowers seem to only add more problems in her life, rather than solving them.
The cliffhanger ending of this issue is a bit of a mean one—I’ll grant you that. It’s the sort of ending that makes you scramble through the pages, double-checking that you didn’t miss anything. It makes me pretty happy I remember what happens next. Not that it’s going to stop me from looking forward to the next release (rerelease, whatever).
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 has a lot of brilliant artwork in it. In many ways, it feels like this is the best of both worlds. It has a lot of the artistic elements known to Jessica’s series (Alias), while also pulling in elements from other comic styles as well as the Netflix series. The end result is something remarkable, and perfect for all of her fans.
Mattia De Iulis was the lead artist for this project, and they just blew me away here. For one thing, they really perfected that Jessica-snark-face, which is unforgettable (and a requirement, if you ask me). There’s plenty to see and appreciate in these pages, from the layouts to the color palette.
If there’s one thing I want to highlight right now, it’d be how Iulis has merged the ordinary with the extraordinary. Jessica Jones lives in New York, and that is clear everywhere you look. But at the same time, you can see how her perspective and life has changed, thanks to her powers (and the powers of others around her). That level of subtlety is hard to infuse into artwork, but it was done beautifully here.
VC’s Cory Petit stepped up to do the lettering, and they did a brilliant job. I feel like they really matched the tone and style nicely, going with that classic font. You know the one—it immediately makes you think of PIs and reporting. It’s perfect.
Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #1 may have been a reprinting, but I found myself just as enthusiastic to read it the second time around. And of course, there’s the hope that it will reach new readers this time around.
This issue was a fun, yet intense, read, with Jessica quickly finding herself in over her head, and all thanks to an old case that just won’t go away. It’s the perfect balance of everything that draws us to her character. And thus, I’m actually a little bit sad that this was only a miniseries. I would have happily read more.
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