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What If Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?

Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2005
By: Michael Deeley

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Sitting in a diner, Bendis tells the tragic story of Jessica Jones. He then wonders what might have happened if Jones had joined the Avengers? According to him, she might have married Captain America and spotted the Scarlet Witchís insanity before she destroyed the team.

Biggest problem with this book is how long Bendis takes in setting up the premise. I know a lot of people joke and criticize him for his decompressed writing style, but this is ridiculous. He spends seven pages explaining Jonesís brief career as a superhero, her enslavement by the Purple Man, and her fight with the Avengers. He then takes one page to summarize her series Alias. Alias ran for 28 issues, and the point of the series is summed up in a few panels. Jonesís life before the events in Alias were told in two issues of that series, and they take up 7 out of 20 pages. I think Bendis lacks a sense of proportion.

Second, reading the Bendis character describe Jones and her life made me realize what Alias was really about. It was the story of a woman defined by her self-loathing and self-destructive behavior. If she hadnít gotten knocked up by Luke Cage, itís implied she might have sunk even lower than where she was. I felt a little guilty about reading and enjoying a series about an otherwise nice person destroying herself. Itís still a good series, and the kind of story you donít see very often in comics. Iíve just become aware of how deep and dark the series was.

Third, thereís no fucking way Scarlet Witch was mentally unsound, nor was there any indication her powers could rewrite reality. I donít know where Bendis is getting this.

Fourth, Jones has the baby of Luke Cage, baddest black man in the Marvel Universe, a mildly happy ending. Jones joins the Avengers and marries Steve Rogers, the white perfect man, totally happy ending. Am I reading too much into this?

It was nice to see the Alias team reunite on one last Jessica Jones story. If you liked the series, give this a look. For the rest of you, youíre not missing much.

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