Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Mattia De Iulis, VC’s Cory Petit, Martin Simmons, and Valerio Giangiordano
Release Date: January 15th, 2020
The critically acclaimed Marvel Digital Original series by Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis releases for the first time as a print miniseries this week! However, how will Thompson kick off her run? Well, with the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever. But her past always comes knocking, and when a woman whose case she fumbled winds up dead on her office floor, Jessica goes from private investigator to prime suspect. Let’s jump into JESSICA JONES: BLINDSPOT #1 and see if she can find the real killer and clear her name.
After the personal call from Brian Michael Bendis himself, Kelly Thompson was given the keys to the JESSICA JONES kingdom. But, how would she fare with her first crack at the snarky female Private Investigator? Would Thompson come into the character with (dare I say) any blindspots? Well, after one issue in, this reviewer thinks Kelly Thompson is seeing 20/20! Her narration behind each scene is magnificent and really helps place the reader into the narrative. Additionally, Mattia De Iulis added some well-appreciated spice of photographs pointing out distinguishing characteristics whenever a new character was introduced to the story. Together, these two create a story that makes this comic fan feel submerged within the tale and excited for the second installment.
Each panel, scene, and every line of the dialogue felt extremely well placed, thought out, and gave purpose to the comic. Cory Petit’s layout of the words was strategically positioned by the character’s faces helping the reader’s eyes to flow easily through each page. And furthermore, this creative team generated an extreme amount of words and conversation on each page yet the issue never felt cumbersome or difficult to digest. It actually felt quite the opposite. That itself is a rare feet for any writer or creative team.
Not only was the issue entertaining, easy to follow, and efficient but the fine-tuned details that this creative team displayed in the issue can’t be overlooked. From specific donut dust on ties to cracked phone cases, Thompson and Iulis have led their team amazingly and it shows with the flying colors. Readers, can a comic end any better or more graphic than this opening issue? Furthermore, the build-up to the cliffhanger could be felt through the pages. This reviewer could feel the tension, the suspense, and the intrigue before the big reveal as the comic ended. This is one heck of a cliffhanger guys and comic fans need to pick this series up. Even if you’ve already read the digital version, this critic still highly recommends picking this floppy up!
Now, I get it. Many people will say, “you’re late to the party pal; this came out on digital in 2018.” Honestly, those people are correct. Plus, the only experience this comic fan has with Jessica Jones in the Netflix series. However, after reading this opening issue, I’ve fallen in love with Jessica Jones and Kelly Thompson’s portrayal of the character. And, this critic has no doubt that you will love it too if you give the series a chance. It has masterful dialogue, fantastically crisp and detailed art, and thorough story development from Thompson and her team. If you’re looking for a fast-paced mystery with cameos from a few Marvel heroes, this is a perfect issue for you. If you’re looking for an entertainingly authentic series with a female lead that commands the page, this series will also be for you. All I can say is; don’t be stubborn or even blind to this series. Give it a try and let me know what you think!