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Jessica Jones: A Brief Character Introduction

Jessica Jones: A Brief Character Introduction

By November 21, 2015 Pulp Non-Fiction 2 Comments

From the genius of Marvel and the greatness that is Netflix comes to us a very peculiar hero: Jessica Jones.

There’s a lot to say about this badass woman, but as she’s a very interesting character, let’s take a look at some basics so we’re all prepared for the series (but not too much as to not spoil ourselves anything – it’s a great feeling to get to know a character step by step… or episode by episode).

Take my hand, and let’s go!

Jessica Jones is relatively new in the Marvel Universe

Jessica Jones’ first appearance was in the comic book Alias #1, in 2001. She was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos.

Jones is a former superhero who is now the owner and only employee of Alias Private Investigations. Alongside her superhero career, she used the aliases Jewel, Knightress, and Power Woman.

And speaking of being a superhero…


She got her superpowers after being involved in a car accident, colliding with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her parents didn’t make it; she spent several months in a coma.

As a consequence from her exposure to the experimental chemicals, Jones possess superhuman strength, limited invulnerability, and flight. Oh, and, of course, she is a skilled detective and investigative journalist.

Jones gave up her life as a superhero after being under some seriously dangerous mind control, courtesy of Zebediah Killgrave, aka. the Purple Man.

The Purple Man, AKA our new nightmare

This guy not only controlled her mind but also tortured her and forced her to aid his criminal plans. The last drop was when he commanded her to kill Daredevil, but mistakenly directed her to the Avengers Mansion. She attempted to kill Scarlet Witch (mistaking her red costume with Daredevil’s), but the mind control began to wear off and Jones tried to escape. She was caught (and injured) by Iron Man and the Vision. Carol Danvers, who actually knew Jones, saved her.

She remained in a coma for months, under the protection of SHIELD and underwent psychic therapy with Jean Grey, who placed a special command in her subconscious to protect her from further mind control.

This prompted her to leave superhero life behind, but this, as we will see in the series, didn’t stop Killgrave from going after her.
PS. Creeper.

Marvel connections.

She was present when Peter Parker was bitten by that special spider. She had a crush on Johnny Storm (who can blame her, really?). Her father’s boss was Tony Stark. She’s friends with Carol Danvers. She dated Scott Lang, and eventually married Luke Cage.

Jones was also a member of the New Avengers (don’t forget this. It’s important. Remember it’s all connected!).

She might be new in this universe, but in one way or another, she has always been there.

Her new series promises to break your heart

Jessica Jones hasn’t had an easy life, yet she is still standing tall. Even though she can fight anyone at any time, Jones has her inner demons, and she will have to deal with them at some point.

We are going to meet a post-superhero life Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), trying to regain control on her life. And we are going to meet her worst nightmare: Killgrave (David Tennant), who will most likely be our new nightmare as well.

Not even Tennant’s lovely face will save us from the fear that comes with Killgrave. I am 90% sure we won’t see Tennant the same way after this, and it will definitely erase the image of the tenth Doctor in our minds.

We will also have the pleasure of meeting Luke Cage (Mike Colter), paving the road for his own Netflix series, which is coming to us next year.

To me, this is Marvel’s wisest move: while we are getting our female-led superhero movie in Marvel’s Phase Three with Captain Marvel, we are getting a female-led series way before we meet Carol Danvers. Better yet, it’s a flawed character, with a dark past, who is not letting that control her life anymore. She kicks some major ass and has more of a human side than most superheroes. She has depth.

To be perfectly honest, I was counting down the hours to its release. I need this series like I’ve never needed a TV series before (100% serious).

I sincerely hope you are ready for the feels that are coming with it. If you thought Daredevil was good, I’m convinced this one will be even better.

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  • Inquisitor Aura

    Great write up!!! You truly are a gorgeous Marvel goddess!

    • Adrienne Tyler

      !!! Thank you, love! <3