Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged! by Brian Michael Bendis

Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged!

After a decade, Jessica Jones is back in her own solo series! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are many secrets hiding in the shadows - secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Alias Investigations is open for business, and of all the many mysteries to discover, her new case may be the most dangerous one! This blistering new se...

Title:Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged!
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ISBN:1302906356
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:136 pages

Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged! Reviews

  • Artemy

    Sadly, Bendis couldn't live up to the greatness of Alias with this new Jessica Jones series. The original comic was a masterpiece, one of the best works by Bendis along with Daredevil and Scarlet. Unfortunately, this one feels like a stupid cash grab. Where Alias was a deeply personal and disturbing story of Jessica's past, JJ: Uncaged is an unnecessary and heavy-handed commentary on the state of the Marvel Universe right now. And yes, the original series was in-continuity, too, but it didn't de

    Sadly, Bendis couldn't live up to the greatness of Alias with this new Jessica Jones series. The original comic was a masterpiece, one of the best works by Bendis along with Daredevil and Scarlet. Unfortunately, this one feels like a stupid cash grab. Where Alias was a deeply personal and disturbing story of Jessica's past, JJ: Uncaged is an unnecessary and heavy-handed commentary on the state of the Marvel Universe right now. And yes, the original series was in-continuity, too, but it didn't depend on it. Here, we have everything from Captain Marvel and her Civil War 2 role, to Hydra & SHIELD, to The Spot, to Luke Cage & Iron Fist hanging out, and the next arc even promises something about the secrets of Maria Hill (yawn). But nothing about Jessica. Even the intriguing start of the series was a dud and had nothing to do with her personal life.

    The series may look like the real deal, thanks to Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth's artwork and David Mack's gorgeous covers. But it doesn't feel like a Jessica Jones comic, because Bendis is not the great writer he used to be, and he doesn't have anything new to add to Jessica's complex story. So if, like me, you're a huge fan of the character, prepare to be disappointed.

  • Sesana

    Not quite as good as Alias had been, and I'm not sure I'm totally into the direction the story is going. But still a bit more than merely decent.

  • Brendan Nicholls

    I'm not a huge marvel fan but after watching the Jessica Jones Tv show I knew this character was interesting, much like The Punisher. This story is quite good but the underlining investigation is the one we really want to know about. The problem with jumping into a series is the holes that are everywhere, I have no idea what went on before. I liked the tone Bendis set and while the artwork was good, it tried way too hard to have that distinct noir style. I will continue with this series and hope

    I'm not a huge marvel fan but after watching the Jessica Jones Tv show I knew this character was interesting, much like The Punisher. This story is quite good but the underlining investigation is the one we really want to know about. The problem with jumping into a series is the holes that are everywhere, I have no idea what went on before. I liked the tone Bendis set and while the artwork was good, it tried way too hard to have that distinct noir style. I will continue with this series and hopefully the arc will be fleshed out a little better.

  • HFK

    I read

    a few months ago, just to make sure I would not miss anything important when

    experienced a resurrection. I am not sure if it is something to do, but I think I had a better connection and emotional awareness due to this choice, which really gave some meat around the certain scene-bones.

    I was never big on

    , but I really enjoyed following her story arcs and there was always this desire to keep going with the new volumes. I think I did not experience such a hu

    I read

    a few months ago, just to make sure I would not miss anything important when

    experienced a resurrection. I am not sure if it is something to do, but I think I had a better connection and emotional awareness due to this choice, which really gave some meat around the certain scene-bones.

    I was never big on

    , but I really enjoyed following her story arcs and there was always this desire to keep going with the new volumes. I think I did not experience such a huge disappointment mainly because of this no fan-factor, but I must say there were quite a many changes around the hoods.

    brings Jessica's angst and misery back with a bang. She is back in the dark place after she got the happy ending of hers, the one so many hoped for. I did too, but there is more appeal in Jessica when she is deep in the shit instead of singing some happy songs and looking like a donkey (face people do when they are dreamily happy and in love).

    I had my thumbs up.... but then I got to my famous annoyed mode.

    I love misery, but I hate when it comes from people constantly screwing up. There is some limits even for me. At some point you gotta learn your lessons. Then I got really sighing when I realized this whole plot, as awesome it kind of is, leans to the same old communication failure.

    Argh.

    That is just too easy, it just doesn't make sense even it is explained through the plot and twists, and it is even someway understandable to a certain point. But, not my cup of coca-cola.

    focuses too much to the whole Marvel universe, and it is just a blah. This should be about Jessica, her detective job, her personal failures or wins. Just something but the million things you get from every other Marvel comic out there.

    Feels more like a filler, something to build up after the success of the TV-show.

    The overall plot is interesting, and there is few very good scenes (the ones that actually are about Jessica and not about the superhero-Marvel universe), and they kept me reading easily, but I do not really see having same kind of desire to know what will happen than I had before.

    This, however, doesn't really matter as I am quite sure I will finish this volume-series, too. At least I can complain if nothing else.

  • James DeSantis

    Jessica Jones is back! The original team is on board! Woot woot! This has to be amazing right? Well it's been years, and Bendis has written many many MANY comics over the years. Some not loved by the comic community (X-men in particular) but I've always been a fan of most of his work. Even at his worst I still say he's decent. However I read Alias last year and LOVED it so I decided to give this a try? Results? mixed!

    What I liked: Love the original's artwork returning. Loved the fact they want

    Jessica Jones is back! The original team is on board! Woot woot! This has to be amazing right? Well it's been years, and Bendis has written many many MANY comics over the years. Some not loved by the comic community (X-men in particular) but I've always been a fan of most of his work. Even at his worst I still say he's decent. However I read Alias last year and LOVED it so I decided to give this a try? Results? mixed!

    What I liked: Love the original's artwork returning. Loved the fact they want mature rating, and didn't feel the need to have as many curses. I love being inside Jessica's head again and her panels of interrogation and such were great. I also was intrigued with the storyline of Luke Cage.

    What I didn't like: Why can't we stick to smaller cases. Why is this BIG case Jones has to do. She's a detective yet we're making her have cases that can change the world completely? I wish they went way smaller case. Also they try to build mystery behind why Jones is fighting with Luke but it feels a bit forced IMO.

    Overall I enjoyed the return of Jessica Jones. I do love her as a character. I like the stories she usually does. I hope next one we have smaller cases but have a feeling they're going to go even BIGGER and I dunno how I feel about that. Still, this was fun, and I'm going stick with a 3 out of 5. A solid return but not a great one.

  • Sam Quixote

    So after reading this book I can confidently say I don’t give a fudgey-fudge about Jessica Jones!

    JJ’s in prison for some reason! Her marriage to Luke Cage is on the skids and she’s hidden her baby with her ma for some reason! Intrigue? Mystery? Snores!

    As I’ve only read the first JJ book, Alias, way back when (it centred around a VHS tape that revealed Steve Rogers was Captain America - yeah, it was a loooong time ago!), I wondered if I’d missed a bunch of stuff which explained why she was in th

    So after reading this book I can confidently say I don’t give a fudgey-fudge about Jessica Jones!

    JJ’s in prison for some reason! Her marriage to Luke Cage is on the skids and she’s hidden her baby with her ma for some reason! Intrigue? Mystery? Snores!

    As I’ve only read the first JJ book, Alias, way back when (it centred around a VHS tape that revealed Steve Rogers was Captain America - yeah, it was a loooong time ago!), I wondered if I’d missed a bunch of stuff which explained why she was in the hoosegow and fighting with Cage; but nah, it’s all new stuff for this book. Compelling? Not really. More like confusing and mildly annoying.

    And, honestly, I couldn’t care less about the state of her marriage or her prison crap especially as it’s all part and parcel of a convoluted plan with Captain Marvel to capture some no-name villain who wants to do generically evil stuff. As usual Brian Bendis crams the pages with too much dialogue and too little character action. JJ’s “bad girl” schtick is so forced here too while everyone else comes off as bland. Bore-pants!

    The original Alias artist Michael Gaydos (giggles immaturely) is back and, yeah, I still don’t love his art. It’s coarse and rough and irritating. And it gets everywhere! … Alright, maybe quoting that cinematic masterpiece Attack of the Clones isn’t 100% accurate but you know what I mean. It looks as goopy and unappealing as George Lucas’s writing. The David Mack covers are pretty baller though.

    One part of the story intrigued me: the subplot about the murderer who claims to remember life in a different universe. He says he knows about superheroes conspiring to blow up other universes to save their own, referencing Jonathan Hickman’s Illuminati storyline in New Avengers that culminated in Secret Wars. Who is this dude and how does he have this knowledge? I wish we had those answers in this book because I’m not interested enough to keep reading this series to find out.

    Jessica Jones, Volume 1: Uncaged! is yawners. I recommend doing the dishes instead. Or maybe reading the original Alias series. Either way don’t bother with this one.

  • David Schaafsma

    I read Bendis and Gaydos’s original dark Alias series about Jessica Jones, former superhero, her life on the skids, trying to dig out of the hole she is in, working as a P.I. Compared to all the typical superhero stuff Bendis was doing, I liked this a great deal, liked that dark noir-ish edge, something like what Ed Brubaker brings to superhero comics: brooding and angst. Literary fiction comes to comics.

    Then comes the successful Netflix series Jessica Jones, with the corresponding cry for her

    I read Bendis and Gaydos’s original dark Alias series about Jessica Jones, former superhero, her life on the skids, trying to dig out of the hole she is in, working as a P.I. Compared to all the typical superhero stuff Bendis was doing, I liked this a great deal, liked that dark noir-ish edge, something like what Ed Brubaker brings to superhero comics: brooding and angst. Literary fiction comes to comics.

    Then comes the successful Netflix series Jessica Jones, with the corresponding cry for her return to comics, as well. Yay, I thought! I was pretty disappointed with this return of Jessica, for a few reasons:

    *I hadn’t read the Civil War II stuff, and I went straight to this from Alias, so I felt just dropped into a storyline that was confusing/puzzling on a number of levels. For instance, her marriage with Luke Cage, now violently on the rocks, with a daughter Jess’s Mom is looking after, nothing explained. Is it even real?

    *And she’s just out of prison, pretty much a hot mess (again), going nowhere, but

    *She’s not really going nowhere, (maybe a bit spoilerish here, sorry) she’s really just involved in some forced story helping Captain Marvel defeat a supervillain . . .

    *And! Allison Greene is not the best of villains; she’s kinda lame.

    *And! In the process we are led to believe that a nihilistic killer Jessica interviews will get her to adopt a similar point of view. She’s off the deep end! She just wants money so she can permanently get out of the superhero game and betray her friend! Eh. Why would we really want to read about it, were it actually true?

    *In addition to Captain Marvel, we see lots of Marvel superheroes and villains creeping in that we didn’t see in Alias, such as Hydra, The Spot, Iron Fist, and so on. Will she leave the Marvel Universe in what is essentially Alias Volume 5? Nah, this is a weird transition issue for the self-exiled Jess to reintegrate into the Avengers world.

    *So, instead of building on the rich and complicated character we got to know in Alias, it’s a fake set-up, and it’s we readers who are being set-up. This isn’t the real Jessica we are dealing with in a lot of this volume, she’s operating undercover, but why not?!

    I still like Jessica and will peek at just one more volume to see if Bendis can do something meaningful with the Jessica he masterfully created in Alias. But I am not optimistic.

  • Chad

    The original creative team from Alias is back with a new Jessica Jones book. Unfortunately it's not as good. Jessica has just gotten out of jail and hidden her daughter from Luke. We don't really find out what's going on for half the book and we don't ever find out what happened between Jessica and Luke in the first place. The rest of the book has to do with Civil War II and Secret Wars.

    The Good: Anytime Bendis writes Jessica Jones is a good thing.

    The Bad: I don't like this right turn into the

    The original creative team from Alias is back with a new Jessica Jones book. Unfortunately it's not as good. Jessica has just gotten out of jail and hidden her daughter from Luke. We don't really find out what's going on for half the book and we don't ever find out what happened between Jessica and Luke in the first place. The rest of the book has to do with Civil War II and Secret Wars.

    The Good: Anytime Bendis writes Jessica Jones is a good thing.

    The Bad: I don't like this right turn into the heavy hitter piece of the Marvel Universe. Alias worked best when it flirted around the edges on the MU. The fact that we never found out what happened before the beginning of the book that blew up Jessica's life was ridiculously frustrated.

    The Ugly: Someone in editorial screwed up either here or over in the Power Man and Iron Fist book. Luke and Jessica had 2 kids in the Sweet Christmas special. I had wondered when they had the 2nd kid.


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