Monday, May 8, 2017

Jessica Jones #8 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Over the Hill

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Michael Gaydos, Matt Hollingsworth
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I swear that this is the series that Bendis was born to write because goddamn this is an amazing book. I love the Jessica Jones series and sure, it isn’t perfect but it is such a refreshing read. Bendis hasn’t had a good track record as of late with Civil War II having ended just in December but his dialogue really shines in this series. There are a lot of questions that have arisen in the overall universe due to this book but as its own entity, it really shines. When we left off in the last issue, Jessica had just found Maria Hill in her apartment bathroom tending to her wounds. In addition, things haven’t worked out with Luke who has taken their daughter and is raising her on his own at the moment. So, lets just jump right into this issue.

We begin with a scene of Maria Hill tending to her wounds and we get a wall of text that reflects Jessica’s state of mind. She remembers when Maria Hill sent men to her home to arrest her husband and she knows exactly how Hill has been trained. She’s been trained to be a professional liar and may be the best agent that S.H.I.E.L.D. ever had. When it comes down to it, Jessica knows that she cannot trust Maria Hill in any way. She lets Maria hill talk as she explains her situation. Someone is out to kill her and she doesn’t trust her usual contacts to take care of it so she’s come to rely on Jessica Jones as it may be the last place someone would come to look for her. She wants to hire Jessica to find out who is trying to kill her and why and despite Jessica’s best instincts, she decides to take the job.

Maria gives Jessica the cash and passes out from the painkillers she took. Jessica considers taking the money and running with it but decides to stand by her word and investigate. We cut to a group of men who have clearly gotten high who are talking about world events. They discuss how mutants are taking over but one has a theory about it actually being the spider-people who will replace humans. It’s ridiculous and hilarious. Anyway, Jessica walks right by them and talks to someone named Raindrop. She informs her about her security being useless at the moment and then asks Raindrop about getting work as an assassin. The two catch up a bit and Raindrop tells Jessica she could easily get her work and Jessica agrees and tells Raindrop to text her when she’s found some hits in the area.

Jessica Jones walks out of the meeting place when her phone is suddenly shot by a bullet. Assumingly it was aimed at her head and she quickly jumps up the building where the sniper is to begin a fight. The assassin is non other than Maria Hill and she gets a few good hits on Jessica before Jessica catches up with her. Jessica is able to avoid her bullets until she tackles her off of the building into the street below. Upon a closer look, Jessica is able to see that the assassin is simply a Life Model Decoy. This is when Jessica is confronted by a small army headed by Sharon Carter the Sub-Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is where the issue leaves us.

This issue once again knocks it out of the park with the dialogue. We get to really get a good sense of where Jessica is at and we start a brand new storyline. This is mostly a setup issue which are rarely exciting but it did enough that I was really interested in what happened with every page turn. Seeing Jessica and Maria Hill trying to feel each other out during their conversation was brilliant and the “stoned talk” between the guards at Raindrops place was so interesting. I absolutely believe that stoners in the Marvel universe would talk like that. I’ve said it once before in this review but I really think that Brian Michael Bendis was born to write this series. Lots of people may have their issues with Bendis but honestly, this is the best thing he writes and may go down as one of his greatest series ever. If you consider this comic as an extension of the original Alias comic, then there is no comparison. No other series of his matches the quality of this book right now.

Bits and Pieces

The dialogue in this latest issue is perfect. Nothing about it is flawed. Granted, most of this issue is setup and that’s not usually very exciting but somehow, Bendis has taken a relatively down issue and turned it into a legitimately entertaining issue. I think this is the best book that Bendis is writing right now and I highly recommend it. I’m not even a huge fan of Michael Gaydos art at all but the dialogue in this book is so good that it doesn’t even matter.


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