Jessica Jones, Vol. 2: The Secrets of Maria Hill by Brian Michael Bendis

Jessica Jones, Vol. 2: The Secrets of Maria Hill

Jessica Jones is back where she belongs - in her own comic, and taking on cases as Alias Investigations! But as the most dangerous book on the stands digs even deeper into the new mysteries of the Marvel Universe, Jessica has uncovered a truly startling secret. Is this case too hot for even her? Will it shatter everything she has built for herself? Can she put the pieces o...

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Jessica Jones, Vol. 2: The Secrets of Maria Hill Reviews

  • Todd Glaeser

    Jessica Jones is the character that Bendis should write and explore the Marvel universe with. So much of this book is incredible.

  • C.E. Case

    This is a fantastic portrayal of Jessica Jones and I enjoyed Maria Hill, but the plot is pretty incomprehensible.

    The art gets experimental and retro in flashbacks. It's great.

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    3 1/2 Stars.

    Jessica Jones: The Secrets of Maria Hill ties a couple of different plots (and therefore series) together. While reading you’ll see a lot of the fallout for Maria Hill (obviously you can guess this much, based on the title). Without reading any of the series focusing on the greater Marvel world (or Captain America), you may not know exactly what happened to Maria Hill, but in all honestly you don’t really need to know the backstory to understand or appreciate the plot for this volum

    3 1/2 Stars.

    Jessica Jones: The Secrets of Maria Hill ties a couple of different plots (and therefore series) together. While reading you’ll see a lot of the fallout for Maria Hill (obviously you can guess this much, based on the title). Without reading any of the series focusing on the greater Marvel world (or Captain America), you may not know exactly what happened to Maria Hill, but in all honestly you don’t really need to know the backstory to understand or appreciate the plot for this volume.

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  • Ken Moten

    This book continues to be an adventure. The fall-out from the events of Marvel Comics start getting close to home for Jessica with the arrival of Maria Hill. I can't say more than that, but this brings the crime-noir world of Jessica Jones to the espionage, cloak-and-dagger world of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    The art by Gaydos (and David Mack on the covers) is still fire and the writing is some of the best by Bendis this year.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    Maria Hill needs help. SHIELD has been disbanded, and now everyone she's ever annoyed (so, literally everyone) is out to kill her. Or are they? Enter Jessica Jones, disgruntled private investigator.

    This book is soooooo slooooooow. I expect reading it in single issues is probably not the way to go, with the collected edition giving a more complete experience, but I'd know this was a Bendis book without even looking because it takes bloody ages to get anywhere. The 'secret'

    [Read as single issues]

    Maria Hill needs help. SHIELD has been disbanded, and now everyone she's ever annoyed (so, literally everyone) is out to kill her. Or are they? Enter Jessica Jones, disgruntled private investigator.

    This book is soooooo slooooooow. I expect reading it in single issues is probably not the way to go, with the collected edition giving a more complete experience, but I'd know this was a Bendis book without even looking because it takes bloody ages to get anywhere. The 'secret' of Maria Hill isn't even on the table until the penultimate issue of the story, with the rest of it a dangerous game of cat and mouse between Jess, Maria, and the people out to kill both of them.

    The character work between Jess and Luke is a highlight however, as are the flashback sequences by Javier Pulido that look like they're pulled from an old 60s SHIELD comic. But it's been 12 issues and Jess has solved exactly two cases, I feel like we need a bit more oomph. Luckily the Legacy storyline that comes next looks to be more up my alley, but this one is a little hard going at times.

  • Tomislav Škrljac

    Kind of dissapointing. Boring, slow and hard to follow.

  • Shawn Birss

    Both the interior art by Gaydos and the covers by Mack are an improvement in this series over the original Alias. And neither were slumming it back then, by any means. This is a beautiful book. However, the character of Jessica Jones, and the tone of the book, just don't seem to quite know where to land in comparison to that original classic noir book. Jessica Jones in this series is put together. She has a child, and is a good mother. She is maintaining a relationship with another superhero des

    Both the interior art by Gaydos and the covers by Mack are an improvement in this series over the original Alias. And neither were slumming it back then, by any means. This is a beautiful book. However, the character of Jessica Jones, and the tone of the book, just don't seem to quite know where to land in comparison to that original classic noir book. Jessica Jones in this series is put together. She has a child, and is a good mother. She is maintaining a relationship with another superhero despite all odds against them. She is remaining sober. She is aware of herself. This is not the little falling-apart young lady of Alias, whose story was one of self discovery and growing up. Even the cases she gets are well paying, and with some pretty important names.

    Much of the heart of Alias was in the struggle of this character and the darkness of her world. The cover art and interior art beautifully illustrated these tensions in her life. Unfortunately, the book we have now feels like it wants to recapture that time, but just doesn't have that heart to do it. Bendis frequently winks at the reader in the dialogue and some of the plot. It is very clever. But there are a lot of clever Marvel books on the shelf. Since Alias already exists, and the Netflix Jessica Jones series is doing an acceptable job of bringing us that broken character, I can't help but think this book is simply empty and redundant.

    For those who do enjoy Jessica Jones, I recommend Alias very highly, and Brian Michael Bendis' creator owned Scarlet from Icon comics.

  • Shannon Appelcline

    Bendis' second coming of

    continues to be great. In fact, this is stronger than the first volume, because we don't get Jessica's really questionable pretend betrayal.

    We

    get great character development of both Jessica and Luke.

    We get a nice plot, that has at its heart an interesting mystery that Jessica investigates over the course of the volume.

    Finally, we get great details on Maria Hill, which may be more than we've ever learned about her in all the years that she's been knocki

    Bendis' second coming of

    continues to be great. In fact, this is stronger than the first volume, because we don't get Jessica's really questionable pretend betrayal.

    We

    get great character development of both Jessica and Luke.

    We get a nice plot, that has at its heart an interesting mystery that Jessica investigates over the course of the volume.

    Finally, we get great details on Maria Hill, which may be more than we've ever learned about her in all the years that she's been knocking around the Marvel universe.

    So overall, an intriguing volume, and then a really scary setup for what comes next!

  • C. Varn

    This was a solid arc that continues to make me not sure how to feel about Nick Fury. Regardless, the lead into the return of a key character holds a lot of promise.

  • David Schaafsma

    This is the second time Brian Bendis (primarily a superhero writer) is creating a series about Jessica Jones. Call it a hiatus? The first time was through the terrific Alias, all too short, but way promising, and now more than a decade later and after a successful Netflix series, he is working on a Jessica Jones series again. And it is great, with a fully realized and interesting and deeply flawed and wholly likeable character who was once a superhero and messed up, and is now a private detectiv

    This is the second time Brian Bendis (primarily a superhero writer) is creating a series about Jessica Jones. Call it a hiatus? The first time was through the terrific Alias, all too short, but way promising, and now more than a decade later and after a successful Netflix series, he is working on a Jessica Jones series again. And it is great, with a fully realized and interesting and deeply flawed and wholly likeable character who was once a superhero and messed up, and is now a private detective.

    This mash-up of the noir mystery/detective story with superheroes is not completely new, of course, and has a great model in Ed Brubaker’s work (Daredevil, for one), but it really works for Bendis as a way of giving the whole Shazam! aspect of superheroes a flawed, screwed-up dark feel. Both Jones and Maria Hill are, in this series, in line for some redemption. Maybe they will get it, but a lot of people have given up on them, and for good reasons.

    Luke Cage is one that Jones needs to reconnect with. They have this baby that needs co-parenting, among other things. And Hill? Well, everyone seems to have reasons to kill her, including Jones, but Jones needs the money, so agrees to try to find out who is trying to kill Hill and why. And besides, Jones understands that need to be understood and maybe forgiven. There’s something in the works about one or both of them being possibly reintegrated (or not!) into the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, too.

    The story is great and I have come to appreciate the artwork of Michael Gaydos on this series, something several years ago I hadn’t understood or liked. Now it seems wedded to Bendis’s storytelling, perfect for helping us connect to these two women. Not glossy mass-produced superhero art. And David Mack’s experimental covers! Pretty amazing contribution to the series. A great team for a pretty outsider view of a superhero world.


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